Forge FC Continue Roster Build Ahead of Inagural Season

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KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 01: Cameron Carter #4 of the USA is tripped by Johnny Grant #2 of Canada during the 1st half of the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying match at Sporting Park on October 1, 2015 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

HAMILTON, Ont.- After announcing two new signings yesterday, Forge FC roster continues to grow. The club added 23 year old Senegal international midfielder Elimane Oumar Cissé and Canadian right-back Johnny Grant. Both players have made senior international appearances for their respective nations.

Cissé Bolsters Strong Midfield

Cissé brings more experience to what is arguably the best midfield in the CPL thus far. With 12 caps for Senegal’s senior national side, Smyrniotis expects Cissé to slot into the midfield well. Cissé was also a semi-finalist at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand. The midfielder most recently played in Senegal for Diambars de Saly Dourbel.

Cissé joins a crowded but talented midfield that includes Canadians Kyle Bekker, Tristan Borges, and Giuliano Frano along with Swede Alexander Achinioti-Jonsson. In Smyrniotis’ preferred midfield three, there appears to be significant depth already available.

Grant Finalizes Back Four

In Grant, the Forge FC backline is likely set for April 27th. With Awuah, Owundi, and Samuel already signed, expect Bobby Smyrniotis to slot Johnny Grant into his first-choice XI. Grant and Smyrniotis also have the Sigma FC connection, with the defender spending time there in 2014 and 2017. Grant was the League1 Ontario Defender of the Year in 2017.

Grant made his senior men’s debut in 2015 under coach Benito Floro, and represented Canada at the Pan-American Games in Hamilton that same year. In 2016 he made 22 appearances for Swope Park Rangers of USL en route to a championship appearance.

More News to Come

With the start of training camps just over a week away, and 60 days to the first game of the inaugural CPL season, expect news to come thick and fast over the coming days. The full CPL schedule is set to be announced later this week, more media details are slowly coming out, and the first kick of Canada’s own professional league is just around the corner.

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