MIAMI, Florida – A last chance to reach the 2021 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League will be at stake on Tuesday night, as CD Marathon of Honduras take on Forge FC of Canada in the first of two 2020 Scotiabank Concacaf League Play-In matches at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Marathon’s journey in the 2020 SCL started in the Round of 16 with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Antigua GFC of Guatemala after a 1-1 draw between the two sides. However, in the quarterfinal round, Marathon were defeated by defending SCL champions Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica, placing the Catracho club in Tuesday’s Play-In match.
Forge’s road in the SCL has been nothing short of dramatic. The Canadian Premier League champions collected a pair of 2-1 wins in Central America against Municipal Limeno of El Salvador and Tauro FC of Panama to reach the final eight, but a 4-2 penalty shootout loss to Haiti’s Arcahaie following a 1-1 draw now sees the Canadian club looking to claim a first ever SCCL berth via the Play-In match.
Forge can take heart in their 2W-2D-1L away record all-time in the SCL, meaning they will not be fazed by traveling to Honduras for Tuesday’s contest.
Daniel Krutzen has chipped in two goals in the 2020 SCL, both from the penalty spot, but it is the play of David Choiniere on the right wing and Molham Babouli on the left side of midfield that makes Forge a tough foe to keep under wraps.
MF Allan Banegas and FW Bruno Volpi are some of the danger men in the fold for Marathon, the latter with five goals thus far in the Honduran Liga Nacional.
Kick-off is scheduled for 10:00 PM ET and can be seen via TSN.ca/TSN App (Canada), TUDN (USA-Spanish), FS1 (USA-English), ESPN 2 (Central America) and Fox Sports 2 (Mexico).