Match Preview: Forge at Cavlary

Well, this is going to be fun.

It’s a meeting of the CPL’s best offence and best defence as Forge is set to take on Cavalry in the second leg of their Canadian Championship tilt. The first leg ended in dramatic fashion when Cavalry scored late in added time to steal a result.

Quillan Roberts was assessed a straight red card for his poorly-timed challenge on Cavalry’s Dominique Malonga. After the ensuing craziness settled, Malonga stepped up to the spot and buried the ball into the back of the net and the game finished 1-1.

That brings us to tonight. With the first game ending in a 1-1 draw Forge has a few different routes to advance to Qualifying Round 3. Forge gets through with a win, or a draw where the score is 2-2 or higher. Cavalry will advance with a win or a 0-0 draw. Should the two teams draw 1-1,  a shootout will be required to determine a result. The winner will go on to face Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps in the next round.

The good news for Forge is that they are yet to be held scoreless in a match this season. Forge also leads the CPL with 12 goals in seven games. The bad news for Forge is, Cavalry has only conceded two goals in the CPL this season and only four in all competitions. That total will obviously have to grow, if Forge is to advance to the next round.

Forge will be without Quillan Roberts tonight as he is serving the first of his two game suspension for the red card. They will also likely be without forward Anthony Novak and defender Jonathan Grant who are recovering from injuries.

Also, of note Head Coach Bobby Smyrniotis is will be back coaching tonight after missing the first leg to complete his UEFA coaching licence.

Tonight’s game will be available to stream on OneSoccer at 9:30 p.m. EDT.