Forge FC signed the biggest signing of the Canadian Premier League offseason on Friday, bringing back the best player in league history, Tristan Borges.
The 22-year-old midfielder returns to Hamilton on loan from OH Leuven, the Belgian club who recruited him after Borges dominated CPL’s 2019 inaugural season.
In 27 CPL games in 2019, Borges has done it all. He was the first Golden Boot winner with 13 goals and added five assists, also tied for first in this category. His 13 goals in this 2019 season still place him tied for the top of the league’s all-time goalscoring list with Easton Ongaro (FC Edmonton) and Akeem Garcia (HFX Wanderers).
He also has won U-21 Player of the Year and CPL Player of the Year, in addition to scoring the winning goal in the first leg of the final as Forge FC won the first North Star Shield against Cavalry FC.
His incredible season earned him a call-up with Canada’s senior national team, and he made his bench debut against Barbados in January 2020.
Put simply, he’s done it all in the CPL and will be looking to add to his achievements in the league this season.
He returns to Forge after being excluded from the Louvain team. After a change of management, Borges didn’t even get a team number this year and spent time with the reserves.
He has made four appearances for the team since arriving from Forge in January 2020.
A change of scenery seemed necessary, and returning to a team and a league he is good at is great for him and for viewers.
One of the real joys of the inaugural season was watching Tristan Borges play every week. Brilliant talent and the difference between two very even teams in 2019. That’s a huge addition for Forge in a year that gives them so much to play. #CanPL https://t.co/imPjKUhL2l
– Oliver Platt (@plattoli) March 5, 2021
The Canadian Premier League is aiming to kick off the 2021 season in May, but Forge’s first game of the year could come much sooner than that.