Forge FC hosts York9 FC at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton for the inaugural Canadian Premier League match. The match will be broadcast on OneSoccer, as well as CBC Sports (1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT). Here are all the storylines to catch up on ahead of the 1st match:
- MATCH PREVIEW – Forge FC vs. York9 FC Here's everything you need to know – stats, matchups, keys to the game, and more.
- Bobby Smyrniotis preparing Forge FC for 1st tilt with unusual approach Forge FC head coach Bobby Smyrniotis had automated crowd noise pumped through the speakers at Forge FC training, getting his players used to working and communicating through the noise
- Striving for ‘perfection’: Forge’s Bekker, Welshman, Roberts eyeing CPL title “We want it to go smoothly and set the tone for the rest of the season by playing positive, we want to be exciting, dynamic and aggressive.” – Forge FC midfielder Kyle Bekker.
- Barton St. Battalion bringing tifos, drums, and noise to inaugural tilt “It’s not just the ‘tifo’ that we’re bringing; we’ll have drums, a megaphone and all 627 of us crammed in the section will be singing loud and proud donning the Battalion’s scarfs and waving our flags.” – Barton St. Battalion’s Allan Gorman.
- 3 Key battles to watch when Forge FC takes on York9 FC Manny Aparicio vs. Elimane Cisse? Daniel Gogarty vs. Emery Welshman? Here are the matchups to watch