Forward Madison’s home opener had more appearances from trains than it did goals, but in the end, the Mingos walked away with their first point of 2020.
Forward played Greenville Triumph to a 0-0 draw in the first match of the season at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, WI, which is serving as the USL League One side’s temporary home for the 2020 season.
Chicago Fire Homegrown Alex Monis saw action in his second match of 2020, coming on at halftime for Louis Bennett. Forward Head Coach Daryl Shore said he was impressed with Monis’ speed on the wing.
“I think Alex coming into the game changed it, because we moved Don [Smart] centrally and Alex’s pace changed it a little,” Forward coach Daryl Shore said after the match. “At the end of the day Brandon Eaton came in, and he’s the one that changed the game.”
This was Monis’ second appearance for Forward Madison in as many matches. Fellow Fire loanees—midfielder Allan Rodriguez and goalkeeper Chris Brady—were both on the bench for the second match in a row, but neither saw action.
MAJOR UPDATE: There has been a post-game train. pic.twitter.com/hsWMXl3L30— Forward Madison FC (@ForwardMSNFC) August 1, 2020
The club debuted wildly popular its “Drip Kits” in the match, and made light of the number of freight trains that passed by Hart Park. At the rate Forward produces new jerseys, you have to wonder if there will be a “Choo Choo Kit” coming later this season. The team also unveiled a Black Lives Matter training kit before the game.
The Mingos travel to Virginia to take on the Richmond Kickers next Saturday. Forward is back in Wauwatosa Friday, August 14. The team is allowing fans at its home matches, albeit very spaced out, with masks required for everyone. If you’d rather watch at home, all matches can be seen on ESPN+—sign up using our link!