• Alasdair Howorth

Forge FC visit CD Marathon in CONCACAF Champions League play in.

Kick Off: Wed 9 December 2020, 03:00 AM GMT

Venue: Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/concacaf/videos

 

Canadian side Forge FC are looking to qualify for North, Central America and the Caribbean's premiere tournament for the first time in their club's history as they travel to Honduran club CD Marathon to play for one of the final two spots in next season's Champion's League.

It is a battle of the young and new in the CONCACAF League (not to be confused with the Champions League). The CONCACAF League is the second tier of international club football in the CONCACAF region. It is contested by teams from clubs from all across North, Central America and the Caribbean with the exception of the USA and Mexico who only have clubs qualify for the Champions League. The top six placed teams qualify from the League into the next season's Champions League. This means the four semi finalists and the two teams that win the play ins having lost in the Quarter Finals. Forge face Marathon in one of the play ins, while the other one will feature FC Motagua, also from Honduras, and Real Esteli from Nicaragua.


Forge FC, the side from Hamilton, Ontario is only in it's fourth year of existence. Having won the first two Canadian Premier League's, they now have their sights on making it to the Champions League. This season, the Canadian's once again dominated the Canadian Premier League when it was reformatted as The Island Games due to COVID-19. They only lost one match as they triumphed in both group stages and in the final where they beat Halifax Wanderers in September.


In the CONCACAF League this season, Forge defeated Salvadoran club Municipal Limeño and Panaman side Tauro FC. In the quarter finals they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with AFC Arcahaie from Haiti. Despite probably edging the match they lost on penalties to drop into the play ins. They have already gotten further than their best finish in the CONCACAF League, when they made it to the round of 16 last season.


Marathon are the opposite of Forge FC in their history. While not the most successful sides in Honduras, they are one of the oldest, celebrating their 95th birthday last month. Although not being regulars, they have appeared in the Champions League several times over the competition's history with a couple of appearances as far as the quarter finals in 2009 and 2010. However, since then they have not qualified for the Champions League and have only reached as far as the preliminary round in the CONCACAF League last season.


This season they entered at the round of 16 where they beat Guatemalans Antigua GFC on penalties. They were then soundly beaten 2-0 by last season's champions Deportivo Saprissa from Costa Rica. However, Marathon, unlike Forge FC have been playing regularly domestically over the last few months. Like the Canadian Premier League, the Honduran Liga Nacional has had to shorten its season and change format. Two groups of 5 play out the group stage before the top 6 go on to a play off and semi finals. Marathon top their group and sealed their spot in the semi finals this weekend with a thumping 4-0 win over bottom side Honduras Progreso.


While both sides have had relatively good seasons Marathon will fancy themselves to beat the Canadians. Not only are they in good form aside from their loss to Saprissa, but they have been playing regularly for the last couple months. Prior to their few games in the CONCACAF League, Forge had not played for two months. And while Marathon are not playing at their own ground. They will be effectively be playing at home for the match in Tegucigalpa.

 

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