VALOUR FC (9-6-7) vs. FORGE FC (11-3-7)
When: Sunday, September 1st, 1 p.m. CT
Where: IG Field, Winnipeg, MB.
How to watch: OneSoccer is broadcasting all Canadian Premier League games live https://onesoccer.ca/
Valour FC is looking to keep rolling along here while attempting to lock down one of the CPL’s four playoff spots. The club enters the weekend on a roll, having won two straight matches this week against Pacific FC and Forge FC and, as a result, is now on a five-match unbeaten streak at home with four wins and a draw.
They’ll be meeting Forge again today after winning 1-0 last Wednesday in the rescheduled home opener and if the intensity level is anywhere near as high as it was a few days ago – 12 yellow cards were issued – this one could also have a playoff vibe about it.
Valour will be without leading scorer Moses Dyer today, as he picked up two yellows in Wednesday’s win and will have to serve a one-game suspension.
THE GAFFER SAYS:
GM and head coach Phillip Dos Santos on the rematch with Forge FC:
“I know that Bobby (Smyrniotis, Forge head coach) never gets tired and he works very hard. I respect him for that. He’s someone that is always going to look to improve his team and he’s going to be in the hotel and will be trying to find ways to counter what we brought.
“I told my players we didn’t play a perfect game and there’s elements in our game that we need to improve, and we’ll also be looking at what we can do better.”
VALOUR FC SPOTLIGHT:
#22 Matteo de Brienne, FW: The speedy attacker scored his third goal of the season in Wednesday’s win, and it came in spectacular fashion.
A passionate and hard-working forward, de Brienne uses his quickness to pressure defenders and to get into open spaces and is getting more comfortable with his increased minutes.
Valour lost each of its first five matches in the CPL’s inaugural season of 2019. Since then the club is 6-1-2 – six wins, one draw, two losses – against the perennial CPL powerhouse.
All-time Valour FC vs. Forge FC
Overall: (win-draw-loss): 5-1-7
May 16, 2019, IG Field: Valour FC 0 Forge FC 2
June 15, 2019, Tim Hortons Field: Forge FC 2 Valour FC 1
July 20, 2019, Tim Hortons Field: Forge FC 3 Valour FC 1
August 17, 2019, IG Field: Valour FC 1 Forge FC 3
September 12, 2019, IG Field: Valour FC 1 Forge FC 3
September 4, 2020, Island Games, PEI: Forge FC 2 Valour FC 2
June 27, 2021, ‘The Kickoff’ at IG Field: Forge FC 0 Valour FC 2
July 11, 2021, ‘The Kickoff’ at IG Field: Valour FC 1 Forge FC 0
October 11, 2021, IG Field: Valour FC 3 Forge FC 1
June 29, 2022, Tim Hortons Field: Forge FC 0 Valour FC 1
July 23, 2022, Tim Hortons Field: Forge FC 3 Valour FC 1
August 31, 2022, IG Field: Valour FC 1 Forge FC 0
September 15, 2021, Tim Hortons Field: Forge FC 2 Valour FC 1