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Match Thread : CONCACAF League : Forge FC v Antigua GFC, August 1st 2019


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Forge FC having won the "Canada 2" spot in the CONCACAF League preliminary round, by virtue of winning the table-within-the-table contest between CPL "founding" clubs Forge FC, FC Edmonton, and Valour FC, take on Guatemalan club Antigua GFC in a 2-legged tie. The first game will be played at Tim Horton's field in Hamilton on Thursday, August 1st at 6pm ET.

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Just got home from the match, what a fabulous night of football in The Hammer, the crowd was way bigger than most of us were expecting and everyone was right into it! We had our first issues with away

Closed my store at midnight last night, barely slept. Woke up at 5am to get ready for the 7am bus from North Bay down to Toronto. Arrived at 12:30pm. Killed some time for a while. Took the Express bus

I got my tickets yesterday too. I’m excited for this match. There is something special about an international club competition.  

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On 7/5/2019 at 10:46 PM, CanSuffer said:

Forge FC having won the "Canada 2" spot in the CONCACAF League preliminary round, by virtue of winning the table-within-the-table contest between CPL "founding" clubs Forge FC, FC Edmonton, and Valour FC, take on Guatemalan club Antigua GFC in a 2-legged tie. The first game will be played at Tim Horton's field in Hamilton on Friday, August 1st at 6pm ET.

August 1st is a Thursday.

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I was already excited for this game, but Cavalry's statement win this week has me even thirstier for this game. Hopefully Forge can keep the league momentum going and get some good results.

Did we ever get any sort of reason why the game is at 6pm? It seems like a really odd choice, but I guess I shouldn't complain. Maybe I'll be able to watch the whole thing online before putting my kids to sleep, instead of missing a big chunk due to bedtime. I'll just have to let them stay up a little bit later.

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1 hour ago, narduch said:

Believe the matches are staggered so they don't overlap

They might be overestimating the magnitude of the desire for people to watch 6 straight hours of CONCACAF League games, but at least there seems to be a reason.

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49 minutes ago, Rintaran said:

If someone were to watch my toddler and infant for me, I'd be willing to make that sacrifice weekly.

You and I both (although I'd add life in general to the list of priorities ahead of CONCACAF League marathons). But we are also the only two people to ever really talk on the CONCACAF Index thread. My desire to watch Alianza vs San Francisco is far outstripped by my desire for Forge to get a good crowd out for their game.

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1 hour ago, Kent said:

Forge to get a good crowd out for their game.

You should dial back your expectations regarding crowd size for this match. I hope there's over 3k but wouldn't be surprised if there is less. We got a call to see if we would move seats as I think they're shutting down some sections that are open for CPL play. 

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5 hours ago, RickC said:

You should dial back your expectations regarding crowd size for this match. I hope there's over 3k but wouldn't be surprised if there is less. We got a call to see if we would move seats as I think they're shutting down some sections that are open for CPL play. 

Yeah, that is my point. It's hard enough to get people to mid-week games, no doubt making it 6 o'clock will make the crowd even smaller. My point was that I'd rather the game be at 7:30 or 8 or something reasonable and overlap the Alianza vs San Francisco game to hopefully get a few more people out to the game.

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I'm really looking forward to this match partly because of the fact we have no idea how these teams will match up, I'm hoping Forge will do well and won't be shocked if we play well and dominate this match! It really is crazy having a 6PM kick off, that rules out many working people or those coming from out of town, hopefully we can advance to the next round and have another home tie!

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Did a bit more digging to try to find where games might be streamed. I found this about the first game in the tournament...

https://www.concacafleague.com/en/article/real-esteli-and-santa-tecla-set-to-kick-off-2019-scl

At the bottom there is a link to a PDF that is described as having information on "Where to watch, live stream kick off time..." but it doesn't make mention of any way to watch, except telling you what stadium the game will be played in.

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20 hours ago, Kent said:

Did a bit more digging to try to find where games might be streamed. I found this about the first game in the tournament...

https://www.concacafleague.com/en/article/real-esteli-and-santa-tecla-set-to-kick-off-2019-scl

At the bottom there is a link to a PDF that is described as having information on "Where to watch, live stream kick off time..." but it doesn't make mention of any way to watch, except telling you what stadium the game will be played in.

In classic CONCACAF fashion, the preview for the Forge game isn't written yet.

TSN owns all CONCACAF rights in Canada, but isn't showing the game. We may have to kick it old school for this one.

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