Canadian Men's national team supporters will have to relive a nightmare today as their team takes to the field in San Pedro Sula for a crucial World Cup qualifying match against Honduras. Hopefully, after 90 minutes that horrible day in October of 2012 will at least be somewhat forgotten.
For that to happen, Canada would have to get a big result away from at the same stadium where they suffered that crippling 8-1 loss all those years ago. It's not altogether unlikely, but as always matches in Central America can be rather unpredictable, and tend to favour the home side.
Here are three stories going into today's match:
Entering a House of Horrors
Ten players on the roster today were on the team when Canada last played in San Pedro Sula, and none of them will remember it fondly. The stadium is one of the most intimidating venues in CONCACAF, rivalling Estadio Azteca in Mexico where Canada played in March.
It is no coincidence that today's match is being played in the heat of the day, Honduras will take every possible advantage they can to make things as uncomfortable on Canada as possible. The heat is enough to make players lose their heads, which is exactly what Canada did last time they travelled down this way.
Staying Organized, Staying Patient
The key difference that has been brought up within the Canadian camp ahead of this match is that Benito Floro has the team far more organised coming into this match. That's always going to be the key to winning on the road in CONCACAF: having a game plan and executing it to perfection despite all the distractions.
Canada isn't likely to get many chances today, but with Honduras being desperate for a win, and a lopsided one at that, they may be able to catch them out. In Tosaint Ricketts, Junior Hoilett and Cyle Larin, Canada does have some very good transitional players. They could be the difference in securing a massive three points today.
A Chance to Leave a Legacy
In particular, watch the performances of Canadian players today who may be in their last World Cup qualifying cycle. This could be a national team career defining game for players like David Edgar, Atiba Hutchinson, Andre Hainault and Marcel De Jong.
All of these players have been great servants to the national team, and regardless of today's result deserve plenty of praise. However, getting a big result today, and the possibility of qualifying for the final round for the first time in almost two decades, would leave a legacy for these players. Watch for a little bit of an extra push from them today as they understand the stakes.
Canada: Borjan; De Jong, James, Jakovic, Henry; Hutchinson; Hoilett, Arfield, Edgar, Akindele; Larin
Honduras: Escobar; Izaguirre, Figueroa, Palacios, Beckeles; Claros, Acosta, Martinez; Quioto, Ellis, Lozano
Venue: Stadio Olimpico Metropolitano San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Streaming: TSN Go