Canada Kicks Ass
Canadian men qualify for 1st World Cup since 1986


xerxes @ Sun Mar 27, 2022 4:56 pm

Canadian men qualify for 1st World Cup since 1986 with shutout victory on home soil

Canada put on a show Sunday, qualifying for the men's World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan and Junior Hoilett scored as the Canadians had their way with an outmatched Jamaica side in a 4-0 win before a loud and proud sellout crowd of 29,122 on a chilly day at BMO Field. A Jamaican own goal in the 89th minute padded the score.

And the margin of victory could have been far more lopsided.

Canada (8-1-4, 28 points in the final CONCACAF qualifying round) dominated from the get-go, stacking scoring chances like firewood. The home side was up 1-0 after 13 minutes and 2-0 at the break. It could have been 4-0 midway through the first half when the sun made its first appearance.

Jamaica (1-7-5, eight points) spent the afternoon in reverse. The game was done and dusted after the first half.

The historic win came 37 years after Canada qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico with a 1-0 victory over Honduras on Sept. 14, 1985, in St. John's, N.L. That marked the Canadian men's lone trip to the soccer showcase, where they lost all three games without scoring a goal.

Canada soccer has been on a high with the sixth-ranked Canadian women winning gold last summer at the Tokyo Olympics. Now the 33rd-ranked men, led by coach John Herdman, get their time to shine in Qatar, while lengthening their runway to the 2026 World Cup, which Canada is co-hosting with the U.S., and Mexico.

The Canadian men, who lead the eight-country final round-robin, also had a chance to seal qualification on Thursday in Costa Rica but lost 1-0 after playing two-thirds of the game with 10 men in the wake of Mark-Anthony Kaye's red card.

It marked the lone blemish on their qualifying road. Going into Sunday's match, Canada had outscored its opposition 50-7 while posting 11 clean sheets in 18 qualifying games over three rounds (13-1-4).

On a cold day, Canada came out hot and was rewarded for its dominance in the 13th minute when, after a lightning-fast counterattack, Hoilett squared the ball to Stephen Eustáquio who threaded the needle to put Larin behind the defence. The Besiktas forward calmly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Andre Blake for his 24th goal for Canada, extending his national men's scoring record.

Buchanan made it 2-0 in the 44th minute as Jamaica failed to deal with a free kick that the Club Brugge winger had earned after being chopped down in the midst of several stepovers. A defender headed Eustáquio's free kick away but it went straight to Jonathan David, whose cross dropped at Buchanan's feet in front of goal.

He celebrated the goal with his trademark backflip.

Hoilett made it 3-0 in the 83rd after Buchanan nicked the ball off a defender following a corner and fed the veteran Hoilett, who slashed through the penalty box and beat Blake for his 14th goal for Canada.

Adrian Mariappa's failed attempt at a clearance off a Sam Adegukbe cross ended up in the Jamaican goal to make it 4-0.

Canada was without Kaye, suspended after being sent off for two yellows in Costa Rica.

In later games Sunday, it was Costa Rica at El Salvador, Panama at the U.S. and Mexico at Honduras.

The Canadians, who wrap up qualifying Wednesday in Panama, only needed a draw Sunday to qualify. Other qualification routes were if Costa Rica failed to win or a Panama victory over the U.S.

The top three teams qualify for Qatar as representatives of North and Central America and the Caribbean while the fourth-place finisher takes on an Oceania side in an intercontinental playoff to see who joins them.



Thanos @ Sun Mar 27, 2022 5:26 pm

What is this "soccer" of which you speak?



Oh, yeah, those guys. :lol:


bootlegga @ Mon Mar 28, 2022 8:43 am


I finally have a reason to watch the World Cup this year.


xerxes @ Mon Mar 28, 2022 9:50 am

And I have the opposite problem. I was planning to boycott it this year. Now I’m going to have to watch it. At least, the games where our boys a playing.


Zipperfish @ Mon Mar 28, 2022 11:36 am

I missed the game. First one I missed. Well it was kind of nice to watch the replay at 8:00 Pacific time and not have the stress.

Next test: Will Canada score a goal for the first time in the World Cup?


Zipperfish @ Mon Mar 28, 2022 11:36 am

Thanos Thanos:
What is this "soccer" of which you speak?



Oh, yeah, those guys. :lol:

Meanwhile, buddy playing hockey dies on the bench for a while in the first and wants to come back for the third.


DrCaleb @ Mon Mar 28, 2022 12:05 pm

^^ I was thinking the same thing!

Plus, that guy should be up for an academy award, with Will Smith presenting. :twisted:


xerxes @ Mon Mar 28, 2022 5:56 pm

Canadian men's soccer team will be armed when it goes to Qatar for World Cup

The Canadian men's soccer team is going to the World Cup and it will be armed this November in Qatar.

John Herdman's team travels with a sword these days.

"The sword's something that symbolizes 'New Canada,"' Herdman explained after Sunday's 4-0 win over Jamaica that secured the Canadian men's first trip to the soccer showcase since Mexico '86.

"I said to these boys [that] we've always had a shield. But we created a sword and on the sword it says 'Nihil timendum est,' which is 'Fear Nothing' [in Latin]. And that's New Canada. That's the swagger we want to play with. And it goes in into every stadium to symbolize we'll own their ground and be New Canada."

That tradition was derailed somewhat during last week's trip to Central America to face Costa Rica. La Nacion, a Costa Rican newspaper, reported that customs officials had seized the sword upon the Canadian team's arrival by charter due to "regulations that govern the type of weapons that can enter our country."

The newspaper ran a photo of the sword, a long two-handed weapon nestled in a black carrying case with a red interior. On the handle are the words Qatar 2022.

Without the sword, the Canadians saw their 17-game unbeaten streak in CONCACAF qualifying end in a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica. Canada played with 10 men for two-thirds of Thursday's match after midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye was sent off for a second yellow card.

But there was a happy ending.

"We've got it. We got it back. It was in that turf [Saturday]," a happy Herdman said of the sword after Sunday's win, pointing to the BMO Field playing surface.

The team had kept the existence of the sword to itself. Jason deVos, Canada Soccer's director of development and a member of Herdman's coaching staff, demurred when asked about it Sunday.

"I can't talk about that. You'll have to ask [Herdman]," the former Canada captain said with a chuckle.

Armed with their sword, the Canadians raised their qualifying record over three rounds to 14-1-4 with one game remaining — Wednesday in Panama.


xerxes @ Fri Apr 01, 2022 1:23 pm

Rough draw for our boys today. Belgium and Croatia are two very, very good teams. And Morocco has had an unbeaten qualifying campaign as well.