Historic match marks first time a North American club will participate in the competition
Forge FC will host Antigua GFC Thursday, August 1 at 6 p.m. EDT at Tim Hortons Field in the first leg of 2019 Concacaf League preliminary round play. The two teams will meet again one week later in Antigua, Guatemala for the second leg Thursday, August 8 at 8 p.m. EDT at Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores.
These historic matches represent the first time a Canadian Premier League or North American club will be participating in the competition. This year’s Concacaf League features an expanded 22 top clubs from across Central America, the Caribbean and North America whose lone representative is Forge FC. The Concacaf League champion and the next-best five finishers will advance to the 2020 Concacaf Champions League tournament. For details on the format and expansion of the Concacaf League, click HERE.
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Due to Forge FC’s participation in Concacaf League, the club will now collaborate with the Canadian Premier League to reschedule the following two CPL league matches:
- Cavalry FC vs. Forge FC – Tuesday, July 30, 2019 – 9 p.m. EDT – Spruce Meadows – Calgary, AB
- Forge FC vs. York9 FC – Friday, August 2, 2019 – 7 p.m. EDT – Tim Hortons Field – Hamilton, ON
About Concacaf League
Inaugurated in 2017, the Scotiabank Concacaf League has opened the door for broader participation of Caribbean and Central American clubs, providing them an opportunity to play more relevant matches at a higher level and the possibility of qualifying for the Confederations premier competition for clubs, the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.
About Forge FC Hamilton
One of seven members of the newly formed Canadian Premier League, Forge FC aims to unite Hamiltonians that are driven by a passion for soccer and lead the development of the sport in the Hamilton community. Playing in world-class and unique venues, and partnering with strong community-led ownership groups, the CPL is a league for Canadians by Canadians that will bring professional soccer to communities coast-to-coast. For more information, visit Forgefc.canpl.ca.
About Antigua GFC
Antigua GFC is a professional football club in the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala, and play out of the Estadio Pensativo in Antigua, Guatemala. They are the current champions of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala. Antigua GFC is nicknamed Los Panzas Verdes (meaning “Green Bellies”), after the local avocados which are represented by the green stripes on their kits. Antigua GFC will make its Scotiabank Concacaf League debut after being crowned Guatemala’s 2019 Clausura champion with the second-most accumulated points in the 2018-19 season.