With Hamilton’s Canadian Premier League team Forge FC just days away from kicking off its inaugural season, the club unveiled its mascot, Sparx, on Thursday.
Birthed from a fiery orange egg found in the reeds next to a waterfall by Forge co-founder Bob Young — or so the franchise’s promotional comic strip says — Sparx is a wide-eyed orange dragon that is apparently quite clumsy on the pitch.
The newest member of Forge FC comes complete with wings, a tail, a lack of balance and no ability to strike a dead ball.
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Sparx also wields one of the most important components of a blacksmith: a hammer (albeit a plastic one).
Sparx is expected to roam the sidelines and bleachers at Tim Hortons Field when Forge FC opens its first season against York9 FC on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m.
Hamilton’s newest sports franchise is a part of the Canadian Premier League, which is a Tier 1 pro soccer outlet that will launch with seven teams: Cavalry FC (Calgary), FC Edmonton, Forge FC (Hamilton), HFX Wanderers FC (Halifax), Pacific FC (Victoria), Valour FC (Winnipeg) and York 9 FC (York Region).
The CPL says more teams are expected to join in 2020.