Forge FC

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Forge FC
Forge FC logo.svg
Full nameForge Football Club
Nickname(s)The Hammers
FoundedMay 6, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-05-06)
StadiumTim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario
Capacity10,016[1][a]
OwnerBob Young
CoachBobby Smyrniotis
LeagueCanadian Premier League
2020Canadian Premier League, 1st (group stage)
Final: Champions
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Forge FC is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Hamilton, Ontario, that competes in the Canadian Premier League, the top tier of Canadian soccer. The club plays its home matches at Tim Hortons Field.[2] Forge FC joined the CPL in 2019 as one of the league's seven inaugural teams.

The club was the first and second champions of the Canadian Premier League, winning back-to-back league titles in 2019 and 2020. Forge was the first CPL side to compete in a continental competition when it qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF League.

History[edit]

Hamilton was linked to a professional soccer team as early as June 2013, when reports first emerged of a professional soccer league launching in Canada.[3] Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young was part of a group of investors, predominantly from the Canadian Football League, working with the Canadian Soccer Association and president Victor Montagliani.[3]

In February 2016, the ownership group sought permission from Hamilton City Council to erect a dome over the Tim Hortons Field playing surface to allow for year-long activity, including soccer. When the Canadian Premier League was officially announced, it was revealed that Hamilton's club would be the flagship franchise.[4]

On May 6, 2017, Hamilton was one of two cities accepted by the Canadian Soccer Association for professional club membership when the Canadian Premier League was unanimously approved.[5]

Forge FC was officially unveiled as the league's sixth team on July 12, 2018. The club revealed its crest, colours and branding, as well as its place in the league for the 2019 launch season.[6] The name was chosen to represent city's industrial heritage and forging ahead building its future.[7]

On October 1, 2018, Forge FC announced that Bobby Smyrniotis would be its first head coach and technical director.[8] On November 29, 2018, Kyle Bekker and Chris Nanco were announced by the club as its first signings, coinciding with event that consisted where each team unveiled its initial player signings.[9]

The club qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF League after defeating Valour FC 2–0 on June 16, 2019.[10] In their debut, Forge defeated Antigua GFC 2–1 on aggregate in the two-leg series to advance to the Round of 16.[11] Forge FC was eliminated with a 4–2 aggregate score, against Honduran club Olimpia, in the round of 16.[12]

Forge FC were league champions in their inaugural season after defeating Cavalry FC 2–0 on aggregate in the 2019 CPL Finals.[13] Golden Boot winner Tristan Borges scored the opening goal during the first leg on October 26 in Hamilton. David Choinière scored the final goal late in stoppage time during the second leg, held on November 2 in Calgary.

Stadium[edit]

Tim Hortons Field is Forge FC's home stadium

The club plays its home games at Tim Hortons Field, a 23,218-seat multi-purpose stadium which had primarily been used for Canadian football. The capacity is reduced to 10,000 spectators to provide an intimate setting for supporters.[14]

The stadium opened in 2014 as the home venue for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, and was used as a soccer venue during the 2015 Pan American Games.

Crest and colours[edit]

The crest is designed to represent both an "H" for Hamilton and "F" for Forge. The open space in the lettering represents a waterfall, and the three orange sparks represent Forge FC's city, community and club.[15]

The club's secondary crest is a hammer with the 'H' of the primary crest at the head, with six stripes on the handle to represent the six municipalities amalgamated in 2001 to form the new City of Hamilton: Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Flamborough, Glanbrook, and of course, Hamilton.[16]

The official club colours "spark orange", "platinum steel" grey, and "waterfall white", symbolizing the sparks that come from the strike of a hammer, the local manufacturing industry, and the area's many waterfalls.[15]

To celebrate Hamilton's founding date of June 9, 1846, Forge FC will wear a black and gold uniform for the first home game in June. The city's traditional sporting colours have been worn by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Hamilton Bulldogs, and the Hamilton Tigers.[15]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters[edit]

The Barton St. Battalion supporters group was founded in February 2016 after details of the Canadian Premier League and a Hamilton club emerged.[17] At the club's official launch, supporters of the group sat behind the stage and were revealed as the first 75 founding members.[18]

Rivalries[edit]

Forge has a rivalry with York United FC, who are based nearby in Toronto, Ontario. On January 29, 2019, the Canadian Premier League announced that the inaugural match of the league would be Forge hosting York United (then known as York9 FC) in the 905 Derby on April 27, 2019.[19] The match ended in a 1–1 draw.[20]

A competitive rivalry with Calgary-based Cavalry FC developed during the 2019 season, as the clubs broke out as the league's top teams, and faced off nine times, including meetings in the Canadian Championship and the CPL Finals.[21] The natural rivalry has been described as the best in the league.[22]

Honours[edit]

Canadian Premier League Awards[edit]

Year Name Award Status
2019[23] Tristan Borges Golden Boot Won
Kyle Bekker Player of the Year Nominated
Tristan Borges Won
Tristan Borges Under 21 Canadian Player of the Year Won
Bobby Smyrniotis Coach of the Year Nominated
2020[24] Kyle Bekker Player of the Year Won
Triston Henry Golden Glove Won
Bobby Smyrniotis Coach of the Year Nominated

Players and staff[edit]

Roster[edit]

As of October 23, 2021[25][26]
No. Position Player Nation
1 GK Triston Henry  Canada
2 DF Jonathan Grant  Canada
3 DF Dejan Jaković  Canada
4 DF Dominic Samuel  Canada
5 DF Daniel Krutzen  Belgium
6 DF Kwame Awuah  Canada
7 MF David Choinière  Canada
8 MF Elimane Cissé  Senegal
9 FW Kosi Nwafornso  Nigeria
10 MF Kyle Bekker  Canada
11 FW Chris Nanco  Canada
12 MF Sebastian Castello  Canada
13 MF Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson  Sweden
14 FW Emery Welshman  Guyana
15 DF Maxim Tissot  Canada
16 DF Klaidi Cela  Canada
17 FW Woobens Pacius  Canada
18 FW Molham Babouli  Canada
19 MF Tristan Borges (on loan from OH Leuven)  Canada
21 FW Marcus Caldeira  Canada
22 DF Monti Mohsen  Canada
23 DF Garven Metusala  Canada
24 MF Paolo Sabak  Belgium
25 FW Joshua Navarro (on loan from Pérez Zeledón)  Costa Rica
27 MF Johnny Son  Canada
31 GK Baj Maan  Canada
99 FW Omar Browne (on loan from Independiente)  Panama

Staff[edit]

As of April 29, 2021[27][28][29][30][31][32]
Executive
Caretaker Bob Young
Chief executive officer Scott Mitchell
President Matt Afinec
Director of football Costa Smyrniotis
Coaching staff
Head coach Bobby Smyrniotis
Assistant coach David Edgar
Assistant coach Kyt Selaidopoulos
Goalkeeping coach Johan Albert
Team manager Jelani Smith
Athletic therapist Emily Coleman
Equipment manager Joe Hanley
Fitness coach Guilherme Tamanini

Head coaches[edit]

As of November 24, 2021
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Bobby Smyrniotis  Canada October 1, 2018 – present 89 50 18 21 056.18

Club captains[edit]

Years Name Nation
2019–present Kyle Bekker  Canada

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season League Playoffs CC Continental Average
attendance
Top goalscorer(s)
Div League Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG Pos. Name(s) Goals
2019 1 CPL 28 17 5 6 45 26 +19 56 2.00 2nd W R2 CONCACAF League R16 6,872 Canada Tristan Borges 13
2020 CPL 10 5 4 1 17 10 +7 19 1.90 1st W F CONCACAF League QF N/A Belgium Daniel Krutzen 4
2021 CPL 28 16 2 10 39 24 +15 50 1.79 1st F SF CONCACAF League SF N/A Canada Molham Babouli 10

1. Average attendance include statistics from league matches only.
2. Top goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in league season, league playoffs, Canadian Championship, CONCACAF League, and other competitive continental matches.

International competition[edit]

Scores and results list Forge FC's goal tally first.
Year Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2019 CONCACAF
League
Preliminary round Guatemala Antigua GFC 2–1[33] 0–0[11] 2–1
Round of 16 Honduras Olimpia 1–0[34] 1–4[12] 2–4
2020 Preliminary round El Salvador Municipal Limeño N/A 2–1[35] N/A
Round of 16 Panama Tauro N/A 2–1[36] N/A
Quarter-finals Haiti Arcahaie N/A 1–1 (2–4 p)[37] N/A
Play-in round Honduras Marathón N/A 0–1[38] N/A
2021 Preliminary round El Salvador FAS 3–1[39] 2–2[40] 5–3
Round of 16 Panama Independiente 0–0[41] 2–0[42] 2–0
Quarter-finals Costa Rica Santos de Guápiles 3–0[43] 1–3[44] 4–3
Semi-finals Honduras Motagua 2–2[45] 0–0[46] 2–2
2022 CONCACAF
Champions League
Round of 16 TBD

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ expandable to 23,218

References[edit]

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