The Canadian males’s nationwide group can’t be crushed.
The most recent triumph, a 2-0 win over the US in World Cup qualifying at Tim Hortons Area in Hamilton on Sunday, is likely to be the crowning second.
Les Rouges had already taken 4 of six factors from Mexico, exorcised the demons in Honduras and Haiti, reached the Gold Cup semifinals for the primary time since 2007 and proved they’ll overcome and handle adversity.
All that remained was to finish a 42-year drought and defeat the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier. You possibly can punch one other gap in that rewards card.
It’s price remembering that nobody is meant to keep up this degree of consistency in Concacaf. It exists to journey up groups and take a look at their psychological resolve. Even Mexico and the U.S. expertise the odd slip-up.
Not Canada, although. Not less than, not but.
Canada controls personal future heading into ultimate World Cup qualifiers
Regardless of the consequence and Canada staying unbeaten within the octagon, they’re but to qualify for the 2022 World Cup as a consequence of Panama’s 3-2 win over Jamaica holding them from clinching.
With 4 video games remaining, right here is how the desk presently stands:
Now, with a sport in opposition to El Salvador on Wednesday to complete this window and three extra video games in March, right here’s are some methods Canada can safe a spot in Qatar:
• Canada, first within the desk, has 22 factors. Panama (fourth) has 17 factors and Costa Rica (fifth) has 13 factors.
• The utmost variety of factors Costa Rica can end with is 25, whereas probably the most Panama can end with is 29.
• So, Canada wants a mixture of 4 factors to avoid Costa Rica — Whether or not it’s by incomes factors themselves or from Costa Rica dropping factors.
• The identical goes for Panama, besides Canada will want a mixture of eight factors.
In some ways, Canada controls its personal future because it faces each Panama and Costa Rica within the ultimate match window. If Canada can hold these two groups from getting full factors in these video games, it could go a great distance in direction of clinching a berth within the World Cup for the primary time since 1986.
Every Concacaf group has one sport left within the present window, with the ultimate three video games qualifying in March. Canada faces El Salvador on the street on Wednesday, visits Costa Rica on March 24, hosts Jamaica on March 27 and closes the event at Panama on March 30.
The highest three groups in Concacaf earn direct berths to the Qatar World Cup (Nov. 21-Dec. 17) whereas the fourth-place group will face the winner of the Oceania area in a playoff for an additional probability at a World Cup spot.
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