Forge FC to head south for Dec. 1 CONCACAF League quarterfinal with Haiti side

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Forge FC will head south for a Dec. 1 Scotiabank CONCACAF League quarterfinal with Haiti's Arcahaie FC.

A win and the Canadian Premier League champions will qualify for the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League, the confederation's premier club competition. A loss and Forge still has a chance to qualify through a playoff format. 

The Forge-Arcahaie winner will take on either Honduras' Marathon or defending champion Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica in the CONCACAF League semifinals.

There was no immediate word on where Forge will play the Haitian side.

A CONCACAF spokesman said location of the Forge quarterfinal will be determined at a later date.

Arcahaie was slated to host its opening preliminary-round game at the larger Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, only to see the match called off when Belize's Verdes FC pulled out due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Arcahaie advanced Thursday with a 3-1 win over Waterhouse FC in Kingston, Jamaica, in round-of-16 play.

The 22-team CONCACAF League is a feeder tournament, sending six clubs to the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.

The four quarterfinal winners qualify directly for the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League. The four losing quarterfinalists compete in single-leg play-in games, with the two winners moving on.

Forge defeated Panama's Tauro FC 2-1 on a stoppage-time penalty in a round-of-16 match Tuesday in Panama City. The Hamilton-based club downed El Salvador's CD Municipal Limeno 2-1 in preliminary-round play in San Salvador.

Forge will also have a chance to qualify for the main CONCACAF club competition when it takes on Toronto FC in the as-yet-unscheduled final of the Canadian Championship.

The Canadian Premier League champion exited the CONCACAF League in the round of 16 last year, beaten 4-2 on aggregate by Honduras' Olimpia.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 6, 2020

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press