Forge FC proprietor Bob Young says the Canadian Premier League champions will be enjoying the Canadian Championship last towards Toronto FC at a drawback.
In an open letter on social media, Young says Canada Soccer has proposed a date for the sport “that worked for one team but ignored the situation of the other.”
While Young does not reference the date in his letter, March 20 has been talked about.
At problem for Young is the preparation time for each groups.
“Why would Canada Soccer propose a date to play this game where one of the teams had more than a month to practise and prepare for the game and, due to COVID restrictions, the other team only a week?” he wrote. “They are proposing a date that, according to leading Canadian soccer coaches and medical personnel I’ve spoken to, would put one team’s athletes at risk of injury, and would certainly give the team that had been practising an obvious and significant advantage.”
Toronto FC was granted permission by MLS to open camp early, on Feb. 17 to organize for the Canadian Championship last. Most other groups began March 1.
Young does not element the “COVID restrictions” that are limiting Forge’s coaching.
The winner of the Canadian Championship last earns a berth within the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF’s flagship membership competitors. The victor will meet Mexico’s Club Leon in a two-legged round-of-16 matchup scheduled for April 7 and 14.
The MLS season kicks off April 17.
Forge booked its ticket to the Canadian Championship last by successful the Island Games in 2020. TFC made it by posting the perfect file within the all-Canadian portion of the pandemic-disrupted 2020 MLS season.
Young, who additionally owns the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, mentioned he wrote the open letter as a result of “Canada Soccer won’t respond to me.”
Canada Soccer, which runs the Canadian Championship, has but to verify the date or venue for the ultimate. It has solely mentioned the sport will happen within the first quarter of 2021.
Time is operating quick. There is a FIFA worldwide window March 22-28 throughout which World Cup and Olympic qualifying matches are scheduled.
Canada Soccer and Forge FC didn’t instantly reply to questions arising from Young’s letter.