VANCOUVER – The odds are unlikely for Canada’s men’s national soccer team as it looks to break nearly 20 years of futility in World Cup qualifying.
Canada hasn’t reached the final round of qualifying in the CONCACAF region since the 1998 World Cup cycle and will need a win over El Salvador Tuesday night (10 p.m., TSN) along with a Mexico win over Honduras, and a six-goal swing in the two games to reach the Hex. With Mexico already through to the six-team final round of CONCACAF qualifying, Canada trails Honduras by three points for the other berth, and is five goals behind on goal differential.
The team knows the math. It now just needs to score like it hasn’t scored in recent memory.
“I think it’s going to be an open game. We’re going to be doing a lot of attacking,” said forward Cyle Larin, who will be under pressure to find the back of the net like he’s done with Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer.
“It’s about getting on the wing and crossing the balls. I think there’s going toRead More »from Mission Improbable: Canada needs goals and help to keep World Cup hopes alive