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Live Stream: Canada vs. Belize World Cup Qualifiers Leg 1

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Follow along as the Canadian men's national team tries to kick off round 3 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on the right foot at BMO Field against Belize.

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Canada vs. Belize

BMO Field Toronto, ON

7:30 PM Eastern

Telelatino (TLN), Canada Soccer TV


Broadcast live streaming vide


The headliner: Focusing on themselves

Tonight's game will be a bit bizarre for the Canadian national team, because they do not know much about their opponent. Such is often the case in the early rounds of CONCACAF qualifiers, as Canada plays team like Belize and Dominica who are almost impossible to properly scout.

Canada does have game tape of the Belize national team, but are more worried about how they themselves play. They are confident that should they play their game Belize will be nothing to worry about. With the additions of Will Johnson and Atiba Hutchinson into a very similar roster to the 2015 Gold Cup, Canada should beat Belize handily tonight should they play to their potential.

This gives them a chance to try to assert their dominance and game plan on Belize. While this is something they haven't done all that often in the past, they did do so effectively at home against Dominica in round 2 of qualification.

Playing down to their opponents has been a massive problem for the Canadian team over the years. It once again reared its ugly head at the Gold Cup when Canada played against El Salvador in the first match of the tournament.

Canada exited that tournament without a single goal, a combination of poor finishing and Chance creation. They have been working on both these things in practice this week in an attempt to remedy them against Belize.

Since the tournament, however, several Canadians have been in top form. Cyle Larin has since tied the MLS rookie scoring record with 11 goals, and Issey Nakajima-Farran has been scoring at an impressive clip in the Malaysian Super League. Canada will hope Larin especially can keep that form going into the match.

Key to the game: improving through the middle.

Canada lost the CONCACAF Gold Cup on several fronts, but the biggest was in the midfield. Throughout the tournament Benito Floro played a bizarrely defensive midfield that led Canada to have difficulty holding possession.

That should change tonight, for one because Canada's opponent doesn't have nearly the same midfield quality as their Gold Cup opponents. However with Will Johnson, Atiba Hutchinson and Julian De Guzman Canada's midfield has the quality is has been missing.

During the Floro era Canada has focused strongly on playing a possession based game, with a lot of passing along the ground. However it hasn't always had the midfielders that are able to effectively play this style. There is no doubt that tonight's trio will be more than capable.

The Lineup:

Canada: Stamatopoulos, De Jong, Straith, Edgar, Ledgerwood, Johnson, De Guzman, Hutchinson, Ricketts, Nakajima-Farran, Larin

After a Gold Cup in which he only allowed a single goal, Kenny Stamatopoulos continues his role in net. In the back Adam Straith will play alongside David Edgar in the middle of defense. In front of the aforementioned midfield three of Johnson, Hutchinson and De Guzman a front three of Issey, Ricketts and Larin will lead the attack.