Forge FC has withdrawn from the 2021 CONCACAF league after a goalless draw in the second leg of a semi-final with Honduras’ FC Motagua.
The Hamilton-based club failed to score an away goal at the Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, meaning Motagua now advances to the final with away goals after a 2-2 draw in the opener last week.
The Honduran team will face Comunicaciones de Guatemala in the final.
After the game, Forge captain Kyle Bekker said the team “had nothing to keep its head down.”
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“We took one of the best teams in CONCACAF, two games, and we didn’t win once. Two great ties. We have to be proud, ”said Bekker.
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Head coach Bobby Smyrniotis thought the game was “brilliant … in every way.”
“I give the Motagua fans a lot of respect,” said Smyrniotis.
“As our team was leaving the field today, giving Forge a standing ovation, you don’t get much when you’re playing in another CONCACAF region.”
Forge FC will now prepare for its third consecutive Canadian Premier League final on Sunday. They will host Pacific FC at Tim Hortons Field.
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