Hamilton Forge FC could make history if they win their Concacaf League quarterfinals match on Tuesday. They will face Arcahaie FC of Haiti, who defeated Waterhouse FC in the Round of 16 of the Concacaf League.
Can Hamilton Forge FC make history against Arcahaie FC?
Arcahaie FC is doing well in their domestic league, the first division in Haiti. However, keep in mind that these stats do not include the Haiti Championnat National games played on November 29. Arcahaie is currently tied for second in the Haiti Championnat National – Série de Ouverture season with 23 points.
They are currently tied with Triomphe in points. However, Arcahaie has a better goal differential and therefore is ranked second in the league right now. They currently are sixth in the league in goals scored and tied in fourth for goals conceded in the league.
Lastly, they are tied with the third-highest goal differential in the Haiti Championnat National – Série de Ouverture season. What this shows is that Arcahaie FC is not the type of team to dominate another team.
However, they do have the ability to get results which is something Forge should be aware of. Arcahaie FC last played on November 22, where they won 1-0 over Don Bosco. They defeated the higher-seeded Waterhouse FC of Jamaica in the Round of 16 of the Concacaf League, 1-3.
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Richkard Calixte and Wendy Louis-Jean scoring in the first half played a big role in Arcahaie’s win over Waterhouse. Before the game against the Waterhouse, Arcahaie was supposed to also have a preliminary round against Verdes FC of Belize. However, Verdes was forced to forfeit the match because of several players and coaching staff testing positive for COVID-19.
Hamilton Forge FC
Concacaf League Play
The two-time defending CPL champions could make history against Arcahaie. A win and they will be making their first-ever Concacaf Champions League appearance. Furthermore, they will be playing in the Dominican Republic, not in Haiti.
This means the game will be a neutral site match. This was not the case for Hamilton in previous games, who had to travel to El Salvador and Panama to get victories.
Most notably, was their win against Tauro F.C. They played well and seemed like the better team. As a result, Forge came away with the victory. This is thanks to Anthony Novak who drew a penalty for Hamilton.
Daniel Krutzen scored the game-winning penalty and goal to give Forge the 1-2 victory. What was even more impressive was that Forge had seven shots on goal while Tauro only had one shot on goal. This showed to many viewers that Hamilton deserved to win against Tauro.
— Concacaf (@Concacaf) November 4, 2020
This was a very impressive win against the highest-ranked team in the 2020 Concacaf League. Forge were underdogs in that game against Tauro. This result also showed that the CPL should be considered one of the top five or six leagues in Concacaf.
This is especially true when Tauro eliminated MLS-side FC Dallas from the 2018 Concacaf Champions League. Also, it was just last year that the CPL-side Cavalry FC of Calgary eliminated MLS-side Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the 2019 Canadian Championship.
Hamilton Forge FC at the 2020 Canadian Premier League
Forge FC is a very balanced team. They had the most goals of any CPL team in the first stage of the season with 13 goals. They finished third in that stage. However, they would end up showing their dominance in the second stage of the 2020 CPL season.
They would finish first in the second stage of the CPL season with two wins and one tie. Hamilton would also give up only one goal which is the fewest allowed in stage two of the CPL season. They would also dominate the HFX Wanderers FC in the CPL Final, winning the game 2-0.
— CanPL (@CPLsoccer) September 19, 2020
Tristan Borges had a fantastic season for Forge and led the CPL in goals with 13. Borges was also fifth in the CPL in shots. There is also a six-way tie for assists in the CPL, including three from Hamilton. This included Kwame Awuah, Borges, and Kyle Bekker who all had five assists. Bekker played a crucial role in Hamilton’s success, as the midfielder won the player of the year award in 2020 for the CPL.
Furthermore, Hamilton’s starting goalkeeper Triston Henry was tied for first in the CPL in clean sheets with nine. He also ranked fifth in the league in saves with 55. Thanks to his efforts, Henry was awarded the golden glove by the CPL.
— Forge FC (@ForgeFCHamilton) November 27, 2020
Overview of the Hamilton Forge FC vs. Arcahaie FC
Hamilton might be missing one player for the game. This would be Klaidi Cela, who is out with a torn knee ligament since August 21. The timeline for his return is unknown.
This game should be a big game for both teams. Arcahaie FC will be looking to become the first Haitian to reach the semifinals of the Concacaf League. This is the same in the Canadian context for Forge FC. It could also mean though that a team in the Concacaf Champions League will be from the Canadian Premier League, which has never happened before.
This would also be the first time in the Concacaf Champions League’s history that more than one Canadian team made the tournament since 1976. This was when it was known as the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. It would be a true win for Canadian men’s club soccer.
This big game will be nationally televised on TSN 2 in Canada. It will take place on Tuesday, December. 1 at 8:00 PM EST. The venue of the match will be at Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
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— Forge FC (@ForgeFCHamilton) November 27, 2020