Only 90 minutes separate Canada’s National Men’s Soccer Team from the dream of competing with the CONCACAF greats for the right to head to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
After their narrow 1-0 road win in Haiti, all the Canadian men need is a win or draw against Haiti in their “home” game in Chicago, Ill. On Tuesday night. If successful, they will join seven other nations in the CONCACAF Octagonal, a 14-game round robin competition in which the top three teams will book tickets to Qatar. Fourth place is heading towards the World Cup qualifiers.
The round-trip qualifying rounds for the World Cup against Haiti will be played on the total number of goals: the team that scores the most goals advances. If the two countries are tied after the second leg, the first tiebreaker will be the total number of away goals scored. That’s why a strong defensive performance on Tuesday is essential. If Haiti scores, things could get tricky. If Haiti wins 1-0, the game will go to overtime and, if necessary, to penalties.
For a Canadian team that has recorded three consecutive shutouts in its June qualifiers so far, keeping a clean sheet is an achievable goal. The new three-center-back system adopted by head coach John Herdman provided defensive strength. And the permanent insertion of defenders Scott Kennedy and Alistair Johnston in two of the three places was key. It would be a shock if Herdman tinkered with a good thing.
As long as Canada can keep Haiti out – the Haitians had only one striker, Frantzdy Pierrot, who presented real danger in Port-au-Prince – Canadian fans will love the chances that their talent-laden attack could put the series out of reach. Canada has not made the final round of CONCACAF qualifying since 1998.
What time is Canada vs. Haiti
- Dated: Tuesday June 15
- Time: 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Canada will âhostâ Haiti at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill., Just outside Chicago, in the second leg of their second round qualifying for the CONCACAF World Cup. The match could not be played in Canada due to travel restrictions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to watch Canada vs. Haiti
The game will be broadcast live in Canada on OneSoccer.ca and fans can sign up for one-day, one-month and one-year subscriptions.
Canada vs. Haiti: odds and prediction for the return match
On a better playing surface and with the wind in its sails given the 1-0 result on the road, it is difficult to see Canada stumble in this game. The Canadians have found a tactical system that works and they finally have quality players to execute it.
Even though it looks like the men’s program has turned a corner, the most pessimistic of Canadian fans, scarred by years of watching their team find a way to lose, will head to the 2019 Gold Cup quarter-finals as the Canada was 2-0 against Haiti, only to lose 3-2. There has been no sign so far that such a collapse is possible from a distance with this group of players.
Canada should win, and it could be categorical if Haiti starts to panic and opens up looking for goals. Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David could put on the show in the open field, sending a strong message to the United States, Mexico and the other CONCACAF elites that they are coming for them.
Prediction: Canada 3, Haiti 0
Odds courtesy of DraftKings:
- Canada to win: -286
- Draw: +350
- Haiti to win: +650
- Canada on 2.5 goals: +195