The 2020 Canadian Premier League Finals between Forge FC and HFX Wanderers FC takes place on Saturday (2 p.m. ET/3 p.m. AT, OneSoccer and CBC) from Charlottetown’s UPEI Turf Field after a gruelling six weeks of competition.
A soccer season held in Canada’s smallest province felt like a dream come true when it was announced and kicked off in mid-August. But Prince Edward Island has been a brilliant host for this exciting, and truly bizarre, truncated CPL campaign.
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Premature forecasts are predicting 30 kilometre-an-hour winds in Charlottetown on Saturday afternoon. With the northeastern winds at UPEI’s Turf Field running north to south, the side attacking from left-to-right on your screen will have a clear advantage.
Before you scoff at Maritime weather (something you should never do to a Maritimer), consider that several matches at The Island Games have been affected by the blustery winds. Malcolm Shaw half-attributed his golazo vs. Cavalry to the winds (in a match rescheduled due to dangerous evening gusts), and his Atlético Ottawa side complained of winds shifting play to the right wing vs. Forge.
Forge, HFX thrive under national TV spotlight
Saturday fixtures at The Island Games televised on CBC have been exciting and kind to both teams. The Wanderers and Forge are undefeated in the Saturday afternoon national television slot thus far (1-1-0 each) with two-or-more goals scored in all four matches.
If Saturday’s match is tied after 90 minutes, it will go straight to penalties – no extra time. However nerve-wracking that is for you as a fan, imagine how it’ll feel for players at the end of a give-it-your-all, 11-match season to decide matters via a shootout.