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From Forge FC killer to hero: It’s been a remarkable 11-month period for Alessandro Hojabrpour.
In last year’s CPL Final, Hojabrpour’s goal via a header was the difference in Pacific FC’s 1-0 upset win at Tim Hortons Field, denying Forge its third consecutive league title.
Fast forward to Sunday’s CPL Final when another headed goal by Hojabrpour, who joined the Hamilton-based club in the off-season, stood up as the winner in Forge’s 2-0 victory over Atlético Ottawa at TD Place Stadium. David Choinière also scored for Forge before a CPL season-high crowd of 14,992 spectators.
With the win, Forge hoisted the North Star Shield for a third time in four years, having previously won the league championship in 2019 and 2020. Surely, we can now talk without reservation about a Forge dynasty, and a Hamilton outfit that is unquestionably the best team in CPL history.