Ramon Soria scores late, FC Edmonton picks up first win of CPL season

The game ball sits on a pedestal ahead of the inaugural soccer match of the Canadian Premier League between Forge FC of Hamilton and York 9 in Hamilton, Ont. Saturday, April 27, 2019. All eight Canadian Premier League teams will be back training Thursday in the wake of FC Edmonton getting the green light from local government and health authorities (The Canadian Press/Aaron Lynett)

Ramon Soria scored the winner in the 87th minute as FC Edmonton downed Forge FC 2-0 on Thursday in Canadian Premier League play.

Jeannot Esua added a second late goal in the 94th minute to help FC Edmonton (1-1-0) secure its first victory of the season.

Forge FC (0-2-0) controlled 58.8 per cent of possession but only managed two shots on net and is one of two squads yet to score a goal this season along with HFX Wanderers FC, which has also dropped its first two matches in Winnipeg.

Meanwhile, Jordan Wilson scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute, and York United FC (0-1-1) squeezed out a 2-2 draw with Pacific FC (1-0-1).

All eight CPL teams are playing at IG Field for the first part of the season - a 29-day single-city stretch being dubbed “The Kickoff.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 1, 2021.