It all started in April, when Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton hosted the inaugural game of the Canadian Premier League.
Six months later, the Hammer is getting ready for another milestone day.
Leg 1 of the Canadian Premier League Finals kicks off Saturday with Forge FC welcoming Spring and Fall season winners Cavalry FC to Tim Hortons Field (3:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. MT, on OneSoccer, CBC & CBCSports.ca).
Some of the CPL’s brightest stars will be on display as Forge and the Cavs do battle in the opening match of Finals 2019, and then again for the second leg on Nov. 2 in Calgary at ATCO Field at Spruce Meadows.
Who are the key players to watch? How will the coaches approach the two-legged series? Will home-field advantage tip the scales?
CanPL.ca answers these questions and many more, and has you covered with our in-depth preview coverage of Finals 2019…
Saturday marks the eighth meeting in 2019 between Forge and the Cavs – including their second-round Canadian Championship series – as the CPL’s top two teams duel it out again on the biggest stage. || FULL STORY
CPL Commissioner David Clanachan officially unveiled the North Star Shield at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton on Friday afternoon, giving fans and media a first glimpse of the Canadian Premier League’s championship trophy. || FULL STORY
Forge FC head coach Bobby Smyrniotis and players Triston Henry, Tristan Borges, Kyle Bekker, and David Edgar weigh in on their team ahead of Leg 1 of Finals 2019, during Media Day in Hamilton. || FULL STORY
CanPL.ca speaks exclusively with Forge FC defender Kwame Awuah on Media Day about the advice he’s received and taken to heart over the years from players like David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, and Frank Lampard. || FULL STORY
CanPL.ca speaks exclusive with Cavalry FC midfielder Sergio Camargo on Media Day about the experience he had winning the 2017 MLS Cup with Toronto FC, and the lessons he learned from Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco. || FULL STORY
On the latest edition of the Centre Circle LIVE! podcast, Forge FC’s Bobby Smyrniotis and Anthony Novak, and Cavalry FC’s Tommy Wheeldon Jr. and Marco Carducci join the show to provide their perspective on Saturday’s match at Tim Hortons Field.
CPL Commissioner David Clanachan spoke like a proud papa about the CPL’s achievements in Year 1, citing Forge FC’s run in the Concacaf Nations League, Cavalry FC upending the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Canadian Championship, and Canadian national team call-ups for Cavalry goalkeeper Marco Carducci and FC Edmonton defender Amer Didic as barometers of the league’s success. || FULL STORY
How do you solve a problem like Cavalry FC? Valour FC’s Rob Gale figures you’ve got to do battle with the “hydra” – as Cavalry, whose high-press has been dubbed the ’90 minutes of Hell’ by pundits, can attack in many different ways, across many different parts of the field. || FULL STORY
It may seem counterintuitive to look at the last place HFX Wanderers FC for hints on how to beat a team that finished 20 points ahead of them in the Fall standings, but on closer look there are some clues to the secret of beating Forge. || FULL STORY
Embrace the moment. Have fun. But stay the heck off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. That’s the message FC Edmonton coach Jeff Paulus has for Cavalry FC and Forge FC players as they prepare to face each other in Finals 2019. || FULL STORY
Forge FC and Cavalry FC will play for the eighth and ninth times in 2019 with the Canadian Premier League Finals. For those paying attention, the seven previous encounters were quite the spectacle. || FULL STORY
CanPL.ca reached out to five players – one each from each of the clubs not participating in Finals 2019 – to share their thoughts on the finalists, their respective styles of play, expectations for the two legs, and championship prediction. || FULL STORY
Forge FC and Cavalry FC have some extra incentive to win the 2019 Canadian Premier League Finals. Canada Soccer announced Friday that the 2019 Canadian Premier League Champion will also gain an automatic berth into the 2020 Concacaf League, which kicks off next summer. || FULL STORY