Canada vs. Guatemala
4:30 PM EST
Fort Lauterdale, Florida
In the past couple of years Canada has done well against CONCACAF opposition. A 3-1 victory at BMO Field in September was one of the best performances the country has achieved in years. While the result wasn't quite as memorable, a 0-0 draw in Panama later in the year was also the kind of result that the country will need if it wants to have success in the two more important events coming consistently closer.
With the Gold Cup and World Cup qualifying coming up shortly, Canada will be hoping they can replicate these results not just today against Guatemala, and Puerto Rico on March 30. Continuing these impressive results could go a long way towards Canada's two major upcoming goals: a Gold Cup Semi-Final appearance and a strong showing in World Cup qualifying.
While Canada will be hoping for a stronger cast of characters when the play in the two aforementioned competitions, today's lineup against Guatemala is as solid as the team has seen in a long time. Having an increasing number of players playing domestically in MLS has certainly helped in this regard.
#canMNT starting XI: Borjan (GK); Ledgerwood, Edgar, Jakovic, de Jong; Piette, Tissot, de Guzman (c), Bekker, Ricketts, Haber.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) March 27, 2015
Julian De Guzman will captain the team shortly after it was announced that he had signed with the Ottawa Fury of the NASL. Milan Borjan will return to the team in goal while Ledgerwood, Edgar, Jakovic and de Jong is certainly a lot stronger than what Canada put on the field against Iceland.
Follow along below for up to the minute chatter on the match as Canada looks to demonstrate they are ready for the bigger tests that lay ahead.