HAMILTON, Ontario – History will be made on Thursday night when Forge FC hosts Antigua GFC in the first leg of the Preliminary Round of the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf League.
First-year Canadian side Forge FC is the first team ever from Canada to play in the SCL and will get its first taste of Concacaf club action against the visitors from Guatemala at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario.
Forge’s inaugural season in the Canadian Premier League is off to a solid start, as it sits in second-place in the seven-team table with a 6W-1D-3L record.
Leading the way is 20-year-old FW Tristan Borges, who has seven goals this season and will look to open his account in Concacaf play against the Chapin outfit.
Antigua GFC is no stranger to Concacaf competition, having appeared in the 2016-17 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
The strength of Thursday’s visitors lies in defense, with a veteran back line that will be undaunted by the challenge presented by Tristan Borges and the Forge attack.
Cristian Jimenez, Jose Pinto, Jose Mena and Juan Osorio make up a back line that has well over 600 games under its belt and anchors the 4-2-3-1 deployed by Antigua GFC boss Roberto Montoya.
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The current champions of Guatemala, Antigua GFC goes into this tournament with plenty to prove against the newcomers from Canada. Having successfully captured the 2017-18 Guatemalan Liga Nacional Apertura title – posting a joint table-leading 38 points but edging Petapa on goal differential – Mauricio Tapia’s side went on to defeat CSD Municipal in the league’s playoff finals, also dispatching Coban Imperial along the way.
Antigua GFC then finished fourth in the Clausura portion of the 2017-18 campaign, but failed to get past Xelaju MC in the quarterfinals.