Hamilton’s Tim Horton Field will host semi-final Concacaf League match between Forge FC and FC Motagua

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Published November 5, 2021 at 11:29 am

The first leg of the Concacaf League semi-final between Forge FC and FC Motagua will be played at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. (Photo: The Canadian Press)

The first leg of the Concacaf League semi-final between Forge FC and FC Motagua will be played at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. The return leg will be played on Dec. 1 at Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Both clubs qualified for the Concacaf Champions League last week.

Hamilton’s Forge FC became the first Canadian Premier League (CPL) side to earn a spot in the Concacaf Champions League, thanks to a 3-0 win against Santos de Guápiles to prevail 4-3 on aggregate in the Concacaf League quarterfinal.

Omar Browne (29th minute), Mo Babouli (65th) and second-half sub Joshua Navarro (82nd) scored the goals.

Forge is in just their third season of existence but has had plenty of heartbreak in Concacaf League. Their run in 2020 ended in the quarters after Arcahaie, a Haitian club, prevailed on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The first-year Forge won the first leg against Olimpia in 2019, before the Hondurans roared back to win 4-2 on aggregate.

Meantime, Forge FC is in a prime position to take over first place on the CPL table. They’re just one point behind the leaders, Pacific FC with three games in hand.

Forge play back-to-back away games at York United on Saturday and Tuesday (Nov. 6 and 9).

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