There was a lot to like about how Canada played in their first game of the post-Benito Floro era. After struggling to figure out their opposition in the first half, Canada exploded for four goals in the second, their biggest offensive display in more than a year.
For a national team that has been criticised for playing far too defensively of late, seeing an offensive outburst like that was refreshing. It was, however, also against inferior opposition, and nobody will be writing home about a victory against Mauritania anytime soon.
That is the opposite of today's match, where Canada will play Morocco, a very good team. Morocco, currently ranked 58th in the World by FIFA, are coming off a 0-0 draw with Gabon in World Cup qualifying. They will be looking to finish off their camp in good form with a win against Canada at home.
Here are three stories to watch for in today's match:
Canada hasn't ever been particularly good when playing away matches. Since 2010, Canada has only won five times against teams in their home stadium: Puerto Rico twice, Saint Lucia, Dominica and Cuba. They have lost 10 matches and drew six in the last six years. Canada did not win a single away match in the last round of World Cup qualifying.
Today, Canada will play Morocco on their home field, looking to reverse that trend. It's part of interim head coach Michael Findley's plan to play fewer games in neutral sites, and give Canada a chance to play more matches in difficult environments. They will play South Korea in Korea next month as well.
On the attack?
As aforementioned, Canada did not play particularly attacking soccer under Benito Floro. That was the case against all opposition, but it was most prevalent when Canada played top teams. Canada would sit back, go into a full defensive shell, and rarely venture forward. Poor Cyle Larin would sit up top all alone, rarely getting a chance to touch the ball.
It begs the question as to whether Canada will or even can do anything differently today against Morocco. With Benito gone, will Canada play a little bit more open and try to catch Morocco by surprise? It will be difficult, especially considering who is at their disposal. Larin didn't make the trip, neither did Tesho Akindele or Atiba Hutchinson. Junior Hoilett left camp to sign with Cardiff City and will not be available for this match.
Canada will need big performances today out of Toronto FC pair Tosaint Ricketts, who had a brace against Mauritania, and Jonathan Osorio, if they want to do anything going forward in this match.
A big game for Findlay
If Michael Findlay wants to be seriously considered as the next full-time head coach of the Canadian men's national team, if he isn't already, this is a huge match for him. A lot of people will be watching to see what he can get out of the team in his first match as head coach against big opposition, the kind of matches that Canada failed to win under Floro.
He will still get other chances to prove himself, as Canada Soccer still has no timeline on naming a new coach after all, but a good result today would certainly see him make a good first impression with many. He will know this as well as anyone.
Canada: Brojan; De Jong, Edgar, James, Aird; Piette, Straight; Jackson, Osorio, Ricketts; Haber
Morocco: Bounou, Chafik, Da Coasta, Ait Bennasser, Mendyl, El Ahmadi, Fajr, Carcela, Ziyach, El Haddad, En-Nesyri
to be released at 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
Kickoff: 3:00 p.m. Eastern