Forge Without Goalkeeper Triston Henry For Chivas Matches
When Forge FC steps onto the pitch to face Chivas Guadalajara tomorrow, the hammers will have to do so without goalkeeper Triston Henry.
The two-time CPL Golden Glove winner and four-time league champion has been a steadfast presence for the club since day one, but is expected to this month’s continental bouts as he deals with a personal matter.
“Unfortunately he won’t be available for these ties, at this moment,” confirmed head coach Bobby Smyrniotis at a media conference today.
“Triston has taken some personal time off to deal with a very personal matter. We are behind him on that and we continue forward.”
Henry has been absent from the club’s preseason coverage, suggesting that the issue has sidelined the goalkeeper for at least the last month.
The thirty-year old goalkeeper has made an incredible 142 appearances for the side, including in all eighteen of the club’s previous continental matches in Concacaf League and against Cruz Azul in the Concacaf Champions Cup’s predecessor.
Having tallied 51 clean sheets for the hammer, his absence will be a big blow to the club’s hopes of punching upwards against Liga MX side Chivas, though the four-time CPL champions have done fairly well in terms of roster retention.
The club will be handing a big opportunity to 22-year-old Christopher Kalongo, who has been Henry’s understudy for several years now. Despite his tenure with the four-time champions, Kalongo has accrued just three appearances for Forge, so a tilt against Chivas will be quite a big moment for the Sigma FC graduate.
The club’s initial Concacaf squad roster shows that Canada U-20 prospect Dino Bontis could be the backup behind Kalongo. Should he be called on, it would his first professional appearance.
Forge will kick off against Chivas at 8:00PM EST tomorrow, with the reverse fixture set for 10:00PM EST February 13 at Estadio Akron. Both matches are available on OneSoccer.
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