Bend it like Bekker: Forge FC captain goes viral with goal at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field

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Published July 20, 2022 at 10:50 am

Forge FC captain Kyle Bekker made the highlight reels, curling his corner kick past goalkeeper Andreas Vaikla at Hamilton's Tim Hortons Field Tuesday night.

Who doesn’t love an Olimpico?

FC Edmonton and their fans probably weren’t thrilled to see Forge FC captain Kyle Bekker curl his corner kick past goalkeeper Andreas Vaikla at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field Tuesday night.


The goal came near the end of the first half to put the home side up 4-0 — en route to a 5-1 win over the Eddies.

In a match that featured a hattrick from Woobens Pacius (his first in the Canadian Premier League and the second hattrick in Forge history), it was Bekker’s corner strike that had the soccer world buzzing.

A video of the goal was tweeted by official broadcaster One Soccer and shared by Bleacher Report Football to their 5.13 million followers.

It’s the second time in recent weeks that Canada’s pro soccer league has gone viral — for very different reasons.

Valour FC forward William Akio denied his teammate, Alessandro Riggi a guaranteed goal by bizarrely clearing the ball before it rolled past the line.

The video of the gaffe has been viewed 10.6 million times and counting and gained international attention.

Don’t worry about Akio, though. The 23-year-old African-Canadian signed a three-year contract with Scotland’s Ross County shortly after.

Bekker, meanwhile, celebrated his 100th match as a member of Forge FC this month. The 31-year-old Oakville native is the first CPL player to reach that milestone.

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