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Forge FC Hamilton to face Toronto FC in Canadian Championship Final in 2021

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Forge FC Hamilton to face Toronto FC in Canadian Championship Final in 2021

The Voyageurs Cup is awarded to the winner of the Canadian Championship Final. (Twitter/@ForgeFCHamilton)

The dream matchup for Hamilton soccer fans finally has a date(ish).

Canada Soccer confirmed that the 2020 Canadian Championship Final between Forge FC Hamilton and Toronto FC will be played in the first quarter of 2021.

The match had been delayed due to current pandemic restrictions, with a date and location to be determined in consideration of club and league schedules.

The 2020 Canadian Championship Final will be the first-ever meeting between the two Ontario sides.

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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.

While Toronto FC qualified after finishing first among three Canadian teams in the first phase of Major League Soccer’s revised schedule. The seven-time champions have reached the Canadian Final in five-consecutive years since 2016.

The Canadian Championship will be considered Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition. This year, 11 professional teams in the Canadian Premier League and Major League Soccer played a combined 44 league matches as qualification to the 2020 Canadian Championship Final.

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Since 2008, Canada Soccer’s Canadian Championship has featured 14 different Canadian teams across more than 100 matches. To date, Toronto FC has won the competition seven times, the Impact de Montréal four times, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC once.

Forge FC’s next match is a 2020 Concacaf League Quarterfinal against Arcahaie FC at Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.

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