Canada vs. Puerto Rico
7:30 PM EST
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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Today, Canada is looking for something that it hasn't achieved since September 2012 when they defeated Panama 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier after a 2-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly. The match against Puerto Rico will be looking to gain some momentum going into their World Cup qualifying tie with Dominica in May.
In order to make that momentum as positive as possible, a couple of key goals will be measuring sticks for today's performance. The first is obviously a win, important in every regard as something the program is looking to achieve with greater regularity. However, scoring from open play would be another huge momentum building, as would scoring multiple goals.
Canada showed the potential to do so against Guatemala, and really should have had a better chance at a second when Marcus Haber was hauled down in the penalty area in the second half. Haber hasn't always been Canada's most productive striker, but recently he deserves credit as he has made Benito Floro look smart for constantly putting him in the lineup.
Haber won't be alone up front as several other Canadians will be looking to get into form, or back into form with the national team. Simeon Jackson hasn't really been effective at all for the team since the aforementioned 2012 World Cup Qualifiers, and could use a good run out to remind everyone why he once played in the Premier League. Cyle Larin will be looking to open his national team account, and one can only hope he will get more time on the field than last match.
#canMNT starting XI: Borjan (GK); Ledgerwood, Jakovic, Edgar, de Jong; Piette, Ricketts, de Guzman (c), Bekker, Tissot; Haber.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) March 30, 2015
Canada will feature the same starting 11 as last match with Maxim Tissot and Tosaint Ricketts and Dejan Jakovic and David Edgar switching positions.
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