Forge FC will be without 2023 CPL Golden Glove winner Triston Henry for Wednesday’s Concacaf Champions Cup opener against Chivas Guadalajara, the club revealed on Tuesday.
Henry, who has played every minute of Forge’s 18 previous continental matches, will miss the match as he has taken time off to deal with a personal matter, Forge head coach Bobby Smyrniotis told media during the club’s pre-match press availability.
“Unfortunately he won’t be available for these ties, at this moment,” said Smyrniotis during Tuesday’s media availability. “Triston has taken some personal time off to deal with a very personal matter. We are behind him on that and we continue forward.”
In total, the Forge goalkeeper has made 142 appearances in all competitions for the Hamilton club, winning 75 of those matches and keeping 51 clean sheets. That appearance total is second only to Alexander Achinioti-Jönsson and Kyle Bekker — who are tied with 147.
Henry has played every minute of the league’s five finals, winning on four occasions. He also won the league’s Golden Glove award as its top goalkeeper during the 2020 CPL Island Games season.
In his place, Forge are expected to start 22-year-old Oakville native Chris Kalongo, who has made three previous appearances for Forge in CPL action, the most recent of which came in a 30-minute stint to close out a 3-1 win over Pacific FC on September 23 after Henry suffered a minor injury.
Forge’s match on Wednesday is set to kick off at 8 p.m. ET at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, with limited tickets still available. The second leg will be played on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Estadio Akron (10 p.m. ET). Both legs will be broadcast in Canada on OneSoccer.