After months of rescheduling and reformatting, the 2020 Canadian Championship will finally reach its conclusion. It is very “right now” that the final will reportedly be played on March 20, 2021.
Kristian Jack is reporting that BMO Field will play host to the long-awaited Forge FC and Toronto FC matchup. He says that Canada Soccer has finalized the date, which was originally floated by Chris Armas in a press conference earlier in the week.
Sources: Canadian Championship (Toronto FC vs @ForgeFCHamilton) will be March 20th at BMO Field. Further discussions took place today & Canada Soccer are set on the date. Forge still not allowed to train as a group & will likely only have 7-8 sessions vs MLS team back since Feb17— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) March 5, 2021
As Jack mentions, aside from playing at their home stadium, the fact that Toronto FC has been training since February 17 gives them a significant advantage. There has also been talks that Toronto FC and CF Montreal will partake in a friendly prior to the final.
With that being said, Forge is expected to make a significant player announcement tomorrow that should add even more intrigue to this matchup. This is the first time a Canadian Premier League and MLS team have met in the tournament’s final.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions, Toronto FC only played four games at BMO Field last season. They are expected to start the 2021 MLS season in Florida, likely based out of Orlando.
The winner of this match will be given Canada’s berth in the Concacaf Champions League. The first leg of that will be played on April 7 against Liga MX side Leon.