July 14, 2024
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Forge FC Hosts TFC In First Leg Of Canadian Championship Semi-Finals

By on July 10, 2024 0 426 Views

After what has been a tough past couple of weeks for Toronto FC in MLS, the Reds now return back to Canadian Championship action, taking on Forge FC at Tim Hortons Field for the first leg of the semi-final.

The eight-time tournament title holders have had nothing but success when performing at the Canadian Championship this year compared to the recent stint of losses in the MLS, yet this two leg semi-final matchup against Forge FC bodes to be a tricky test for TFC.

Each team’s journey to the semi-final has been quite different: Toronto has only gone up against semi-professional sides, starting with handing a hefty defeat to League1 Ontario Simcoe County Rovers 5-0 in the preliminary round. In the quarter-finals, they knocked out Ligue1 Quebec side CS Saint-Laurent over two legs, 3-0 in the first and 8-1 in the second.

While Forge’s journey began with them knocking out league rivals York United, they then went on in a hard fought battle against CF Montreal and won on aggregate at Saputo Stadium.

Forge FC Kwasi Poku
Photo Credit: Audrey Magny

Toronto FC head into this matchup with a recent loss on the road in Ohio after losing 4-0 to Columbus Crew. Forge FC’s most recent game was an eventful 3-3 draw in front of a home crowd against Vancouver FC on Friday night.

All-in-all the matchup bodes for multiple storylines, with Toronto FC looking to use this return to the Canadian Championship to hopefully return to form as the team struggles in the MLS. Familiar faces will be made as Toronto FC will come across ex-TFC player Jordan Hamilton, who was in the academy and was a first team player for the 2014 to 2019 season. Tonight’s matchup at Tim Hortons Field will be Hamilton’s first time playing against his former club.

Forge FC will be on the hunt for revenge as the two sides have previously encountered each other and it dates back the 2020 Canadian Championship Final, where Toronto FC won via penalty shootout after the game ended 1-1 over the 90 minutes.

The storylines are anticipated and the pressure is most certainly present for the eight-time winners as they look to continue the status quo they have in this competition the action takes place tonight with kickoff at 7:00PM EST.

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