Officiating Crew For Forge vs Chivas Unveiled
Forge’s first leg against Chivas will see 2023 MLS Referee of the Year Victor Rivas overseeing the show.
The American referee will be backed on the field by an all-US officiating crew, with Corey Parker and Logan Brown as assistant referees and Rubiel Vazquez listed as fourth official.
The VAR booth will be manned by Allen Chapman – who has won MLS Referee of the Year multiple times – and Tristley Bassue, a referee from St. Kitts & Nevis who has plenty of Concacaf matches under his belt at the national level.
While the Canadian Premier League itself does not have VAR (though there have been talks of trialing a modified approach), the Concacaf Champions Cup will feature the technology aid to help officials make the right calls in a cup with lots of money at stake.
Rivas has officiated no less than 82 Major League Soccer regular season matches and recently wrapped his first year on the FIFA international panel, making him a referee of some stature.
Last season saw him oversee 34 matches in all, dolling out 163 yellows, five sending offs, and six penalties. Two of those matches included Liga MX sides Santos Laguna and Toluca in the Leagues Cup, with Rivas handing out seven yellow cards in each.
If that’s any indication for this Wednesday’s match, Rivas may find himself quite busy.
Forge spent a couple weeks in Mexico to prepare for their continental matches against Chivas, with their competition roster revealing that Aboubacar Sissoko looks to have left the side. While the team has added Elimane Cisse and Nana Opoku Ampomah, it’s unclear if they will feature in the opening leg this Wednesday.
Visiting Chivas will seek a win without returning centre-forward Jose Juan Macias, while Chicharito isn’t expected back until later on this month.
The first of the club’s duels in the Concacaf Champions Cup will take place in Hamilton this Wednesday, with the reverse fixture set for one week later. Both matches will be available on OneSoccer, right the continental competition’s rights falling outside of their legal dispute with Canadian Soccer Business.
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