Hamilton’s Forge FC to host first ever CPL match against York9

Hamilton’s Forge FC to host first ever CPL match against York9

Hamilton will play home to the first ever match in Canadian Premier League history on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 1 p.m.

Opening day at Tim Hortons Field will also feature the inception of the “905 Derby” when Forge FC hosts York9.

The full CPL schedule will be released at a later date.

“Celebrating the launch of our own national soccer league in Hamilton is extremely exciting,” said CPL and Forge FC co-founder Bob Young in a media release. “This match will mark the official launch of a truly Canadian professional soccer league, and it’s also the beginning of another great rivalry for fans in Hamilton and the York Region/Greater Toronto Area.”

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The Canadian Premier League is a Tier 1 professional soccer league that will launch with seven teams: Cavalry FC (Calgary), FC Edmonton, Forge FC (Hamilton), HFX Wanderers FC (Halifax), Pacific FC (Victoria), Valour FC (Winnipeg), York 9 FC (York Region).

The CPL says more teams are expected to join in 2020.

“We are beyond excited to kick-off our first season in Hamilton at the end of April,” said David Clanachan, commissioner of the CPL, in a media release. “Canadians have been waiting for what seems like forever for their own sanctioned professional league with clubs playing coast to coast. There is no doubt that I share that level of excitement.”

The league is headquartered in Toronto with plans for a second office in Hamilton.

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