It was more than a month since Forge FC took to the pitch, but the daunting challenge of continental competition and playing in Central America after such a lengthy layoff didn’t faze the CPL Champions in the slightest.
Forge earned a dramatic 2-1 win over Salvadoran side Club Deportivo Municipal Limeño on Thursday in the preliminary round of the 2020 Concacaf League, the team’s first taste of action since beating HFX Wanderers FC in last month’s CPL Finals at The Island Games.
David Choinière and second-half substitute Anthony Novak were the goal-scoring heroes for Forge, who played the last 26 minutes of regulation with 10 men after defender Jonathan Grant was sent off. Novak scored the winner in the 83rd minute to seal the result for Forge in a game that was played behind closed doors at the Estadio Cuscatlán on a humid night in San Salvador.
It’s the first victory by a CPL team on foreign soil after Forge earned a draw and suffered a loss in their road games during the 2019 Concacaf League campaign.