Canada Soccer announced Thursday that the 2020 Canadian Championship Final between Forge FC Hamilton and Toronto FC will take place at Tim Hortons Field with an official match date to be determined in the future and in accordance with league schedules and public health regulations.
While the winner of the game was to set the join the CONCACAF Championship League, that won’t be the care this year. Due to Forge’s inability to get their training started as a team, and the necessity to have a Canadian team selected to represent Canada in the league, TFC has been selected to represent Canada.
“Despite all of the challenges created by the pandemic, our primary goal since securing a place in the Canadian Championship Final last fall has been an outcome that would see our dedicated supporters, partners and fans enjoy the match against Toronto FC at Tim Hortons Field when public health circumstances will allow for it to occur safely,” said Matt Afinec, President and Chief Operating Officer of Forge FC. “To have that outcome come together in the end and have the ability to look forward to the Voyageurs Cup being awarded in Hamilton is something we’re extremely excited about.”
The 2020 Canadian Championship Final will be the first-ever meeting between the two Ontario sides. Forge FC qualified for the 2020 Canadian Championship Final for the first time after winning the North Star Shield at the Canadian Premier League’s Island Games last season.
Toronto FC qualified after finishing first among three Canadian teams in the first phase of Major League Soccer’s revised schedule in 2020. The seven-time champions have reached the Canadian Final in five-consecutive years since 2016.
“Canada Soccer looks forward to hosting the Canadian Championship Final at Tim Hortons Field and celebrating the achievements of both clubs with their fans in the stands in a safe manner. Eventually, we will crown a Battle of the North champion and award the Voyageurs Cup for the 2020 season,” said Dr. Nick Bontis, President, Canada Soccer. “We recognise that the past year has been difficult for Canadians, and applaud the valiant efforts of all public health authorities including the Government of Ontario, Forge FC and Toronto FC in support of hosting the Canadian Championship Final. All parties have agreed to coordinate the future scheduling of the 2020 final in a true show of collaborative sportsmanship.”