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10-man Forge FC beat Municipal Limeño, advance in Concacaf League

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Forge FC beat Club Deportivo Municipal Limeño 2-1 in the preliminary round of the Concacaf League in San Salvador, El Salvador Thursday to advance to the round of 16.

Anthony Novak scored a late winner in the 83rd minute for the visitors despite losing Jonathan Grant to a red card in the 64th minute.

“When you’re down to ten men and you come out with a victory down here it’s a big thing,” said Forge FC head coach Bobby Smyrniotis after the game. “We’re happy with the win.

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“This is what you want in these games. We know it’s a tough situation coming away from home, having one month between games. We knew that was going to be a bit of a challenge.”

Forge FC’s David Choiniere had given the Hamilton club in the 21st minute. But the hosts equalized in the 38th minute thanks to a goal by Kevin Arquímides Oviedo.

Forge FC will next face Panama’s Tauro in the next round Nov. 3 in Panama City.

Forge qualified for the 2020 Concacaf League as 2019 Canadian Premier League Champions. This is Forge FC’s second appearance in the Concacaf League after reaching the round of 16 in 2019.

The Concacaf League is an annual continental club competition organized by CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. The competition features 22 teams in a knockout cup. The top six teams in the competition proceed to the Concacaf Champions League.

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Photographer and Writer | Stuart Gradon is soccer journalist and web communications professional. He covers Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League and Canada's national teams. He has also worked on assignment at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010.

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