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Game Thread: Canada MNT vs. Dominica (WCQ)

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Follow along as the Canadian national team open their World Cup qualifying campaign against Dominica at Windsor Park on the Island nation.

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Canada vs. Dominica

7:00 PM Eastern

Windsor Park Roseau, Dominica

The Headliner: It's not whether they get Goals its how the go in.

Canada is sure to score against Dominica, in fact it is likely that they will score a lot. However, it is more how they are able to find the back of the net than how many times that should be watched in this match. One can only hope that Canada will boss the game both in terms of possession and how they want to play.

Not having Atiba Hutchinson will hurt, as his somewhat fragile frame has once again gone down to injury. Its probably good that he rests for the real competition, however, which will take place next month in the Gold Cup.

Instead it will be Julian De Guzman who will likely serve as midfield general once again for the Canadian team. The veteran is no stranger to the trials and tribulations that come with playing in CONCACAF, and will try to impart some of that knowledge on those who are integral to the future of this team.

Canada is playing a very offensive lineup against Dominica, complete with Tesho Akindele, Cyle Larin and Tosaint Ricketts. While its certainly been better than past editions, this team still hasn't shown much offensive flair. One would expect that to change today even if it is just a result of the opponent.

The Lineup:

A very interesting and potentially experimental lineup from Benito Floro for this match, especially with the backline. He seems to really like Adam Straith, and to be fair the player has done well after the consistent vote of confidence from his manager.

The central midfield is actually quite nice, especially considering the injury to Hutchinson. Between Russell Teibert, De Guzman and Samuel Piette Canada has a strong triangle with which they can build their attack. All of these players are technically proficient and should overrun the Dominica defense.

Up front it is Akindele and Ricketts on the wings while Larin is the lone striker up top. The Orlando City SC rookie has been in great form as of late, and is the clear front runner for the league's rookie of the year award.