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Dates, venues for inaugural Canadian Premier League Finals announced

The two-legged CanPL series will start at the end of this month in Hamilton, Ont.

CPL: Canadian Championship-Forge FC at Cavalry FC
Cavalry FC defender Mason Trafford (5) and Forge FC midfielder Tristan Borges (19) battle for the ball in the second half during a Canadian Championship soccer match at Spruce Meadows.
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The dates for the two legs of the inaugural Canadian Premier League Finals have been announced.

After Forge FC sealed their spot in the Finals on the weekend, they now know they’ll be hosting the first leg at Tim Hortons Field on October 26th, while Cavalry FC will host the second leg one week later at Spruce Meadows.

Coincidentally, the two sides will meet each other twice in the final weeks of the regular season. They meet in Calgary on Oct. 9 and then again in Hamilton on Oct. 16 — the final day of Forge’s season. Cavalry will have more game against FC Edmonton on Oct. 19 before the Finals get underway.

According to the official announcement this morning, the CPL rules state that the winner of the Fall season gets to pick which leg they hold. While Cavalry still have a chance at earning the CanPL Fall title, there was speculation surrounding the announcement that due to clashes with a CFL game in Hamilton on Nov. 2, Forge FC would still be the ones hosting the opening leg in October, thus, the announcement this morning.

“Even though the winner of the Fall season should choose their home match according to CPL rules, and that winner hasn’t been decided as of yet, the League office and the two clubs agreed on the match dates because of a scheduling conflict that exists with the Hamilton Tiger Cats, the primary tenant at Tim Hortons Field,” CPL Commissioner David Clanachan confirmed.

With five games remaining in the inaugural CPL season, there are only two points separating first-place Forge and second-place Cavalry, as the race to crown the Fall champions is coming down to the wire.