Forge Adds Teenage Goalkeeper To Developmental Deal
With just under five hours remaining until Forge FC kicks off its Canadian Championship campaign against FC Laval, the club has announced the addition of 15-year-old goalkeeper Emmanuel Marmolejo on a developmental deal.
The youngster hails from the youth ranks of feeder club Sigma FC, where he’s played since at least 2019.
The timing of the Canadian youngster’s announcement suggests that one of either Triston Henry or Christopher Kalongo might be out for tonight’s preliminary round cup match.
Hailing from Milton, Ontario, he’d become the youngest goalkeeper to feature for a CPL club should he take to the pitch. League rivals York United came close to fielding15-year-old goalkeeper Michael Williams last season during an injury crisis, but thus far no 15-year-old has suited up between the sticks at any point in the CPL’s history.
As per the terms of a developmental deal, Forge may play Marmolejo up to three times, and he can go through two contracts in a calendar year. For now, however, it’s not expected that the youngster will do anything but potentially ride the bench.
Forge will host FC Laval at Tim Hortons Field tonight at 7:00PM EST.