Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team earned a 0:0 draw in Kingston, Jamaica to gain a point in the Final Round of Qualifying for the FIFA World […]
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team earned a 0:0 draw in Kingston, Jamaica to gain a point in the Final Round of Qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau earned the clean sheet for Canada who earned a point in Jamaica for the first time since 1992. Canada plays Panama at BMO Field on Wednesday 13 October with tickets available at canadasoccer.com to close the October window. All of Canada’s games are available LIVE on OneSoccer.ca.
“I thought we had some good moments which, with a bit more quality, we could have taken three points tonight. We just couldn’t find that half a yard you need to get a shot off. They put a shift in and we came out with a point and we’ll take it,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “We’ve gone to the USA, we’ve gone to Jamaica, we’ve gone to Mexico, we’ve played in heat, we’ve played in altitude, on bumpy pitches, we’ve played in front of raucous crowds, we’ve played with suspensions, with injuries but finally we get a chance to play at home. We’re finally in a position where we’re not scouted at every training session and we can get a rhythm going. We’re aware that our fans are behind us and we’re going to feel that on Wednesday night at BMO Field and feel what it’s like to play in front of a packed house in Toronto and then in Edmonton.”
Canada started three attacking players aged 22 or younger for the third time already in five FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in the Concacaf Final Round, with this time Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David and Liam Millar leading the attack. It was Canada’s youngest trio of attackers in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers since Glen Johnson, Buzz Parsons and Joe Schiraldi in 1972.
“It was definitely a difficult game. It’s not an easy place to come and play. Of course, every game we come into with this team, with the talent that we have, we’re looking for three points,” said Derek Cornelius. “We’re going to need the fans behind us as it’s something that we really feed off of and BMO Field has always been a great place for the us we’ve always had good results there, good performances and we hope that BMO Fields going to be loud and rock and we’re going to go out there a deliver a good performance.”
“We got the clean sheet and we’re unbeaten in five matches, so, we have to take that energy and bring it to BMO Field in front of our crowd and get the three points against Panama, said Sam Adekugbe. “Jamaica had their backs against the wall and were searching for the points. The boys showed character and we came here and got a point and have to move on from it.”
Canada’s best chance of the first half came in the 15’, as the team showed patience to work the ball around the Jamaica penalty area but the shot by Alphonso Davies’ shot goes wide of the post.
In the 23’, a Jamaican free kick was played high into the box and Kemar Roofe was the first to get his head to it, but the header was just outside of the net.
Jamaica had another great chance in the 39’, finding a clear header at the box post but Alistair Johnston was in the right place at the right time to block the opportunity before it could cross the line, and Derek Cornelius was able to head the rebound away from a Jamaican attacker.
In the 44’ Adrian Mariappa got in a well-timed tackle to stop Jonathan David who looked like he might be clear through on goal. The teams went into halftime at 0:0.
In the 46’, a strong drive up the field by Davies found some space and he was able to pick out David whose strong shot was parried away by the Jamaican keeper, and no one was there to put in the rebound.
Just minutes later, a great free kick by Davies was just inches wide of giving Canada the lead (48’).
In the 50’ Kemar Lawrence’s free kick from out wide got a slight touch and hit the Canadian post before being cleared away from danger.
Canada’s best chance in the match came in the 60’.
Samuel Adekugbe played a pass down the wing to Davies, who pulled the ball back across the Jamaican box. The pass found Liam Millar all alone who hit a strong shot but it was unfortunately right at the Jamaican goalkeeper and managed to stay out of the net.
In the 73’ Adekugbe’s cross found Stephen Eustaquio at the top of the box, but the substitute’s header went just wide.
Jamaica continued to look to counter on the break, and in the 81’ a turnover in the middle of the pitch led to a quick break and a shot by Kemar Roofe that sailed just over the Canadian net.
In the final minutes of the match, Jamaica nearly found a winner thanks to Lawrence whose strong shot forced Maxime Crepeau to make his first save of the match to keep the score even (90+3’).
Canada’s starting XI featured Maxime Crépeau in goal, Alistair Johnston at right back, Doneil Henry and Derek Cornelius at centre back, Samuel Adekugbe at left back, and Samuel Piette, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Jonathan Osorio, Liam Millar, Alphonso Davies, and Jonathan David.
CANADA SOCCER’S MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PROGRAM
Canada has built plenty of momentum in a landmark year for the Men’s National Team Program that will feature a record 19 international matches including FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and the Concacaf Gold Cup. Through 7 October, Canada have played 13 of those matches with a 9-2-2 record, six clean sheets and a record 44 goals scored. Canada also set a record with eight consecutive wins and reached the Concacaf Gold Cup Semifinals for the first time since 2007.
Canada will play eight of their 14 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in the Concacaf Final Round from September through November 2021: three matches in September, three matches in October, and two matches in November. In 2022, Canada will play three more matches in January/February and three more matches in March. Along with Honduras, USA and El Salvador, Canada’s other opponents in the Concacaf Final Round are Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, and Panama.
To reach the Concacaf Final Round, Canada won their First Round group against Aruba, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Suriname, then eliminated Haiti in a head-to-head Second Round series. This marks the first time since 1997 that Canada have reached the Concacaf Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. From the Concacaf Final Round of eight nations, the top-three nations automatically qualify for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and the fourth-best nation advance to an inter-continental playoff for additional FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qualifiers.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team are two-time Concacaf champions, previously winning the 1985 Concacaf Championship and 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup. This year marked Canada’s 15th participation at the Concacaf Gold Cup since 1991. Along with their first-place finish in 2000, Canada reached the Semifinals in 2002, 2007, and 2021. Across the past five years from 2017 to 2021, Canada are one of only four nations that finished top-six across all four Concacaf major tournaments: fifth place in Concacaf Nations League A, sixth place at both the 2017 and 2019 Concacaf Gold Cups, and a semi-final finish at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.
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