Pacific FC player Djenairo Daniels was hospitalized after a clash during the team’s 2-0 loss to Forge FC at Starlight Stadium on Friday (July 21).
The Dutch striker went up for a header against a Forge defender shortly into the second-half and fell to the ground. Medics loaded Daniels onto a stretcher after a lengthy period of treatment on the field, during which players from both teams returned to the locker rooms to wait for the game to resume.
In a tweet, Pacific said Daniels was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure and that his condition was “stable and improving.”
Pacific Football Club can report that Djenairo Daniels’ condition is stable and improving. He is on his way to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
— Pacific FC (@Pacificfccpl) July 22, 2023
The incident made a bad evening worse for Pacific FC, who slumped to a 2-0 loss against their Hamilton-based rivals. Two first-half goals put the Tridents on the back foot, and despite consistent pressure, PFC could not make their way back into the game. The home team out-shot Forge 21 to 6, but both teams only managed three shots on target.
Despite the loss, Pacific FC remains top of the Canadian Premier League, now tied on points with Forge at 26, with PFC ahead due to their better goal difference. Cavalry FC could unseat PFC at the top of the table if they beat Vancouver on Saturday (July 22).