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It is eight years and two days since Canada last played in a quarter-final at a major tournament, so this one is worth enjoying.
In reality, of course, most Canada fans are probably going to find that difficult through what promises to be a close, tense game against Jamaica. Though limited going forward, the Jamaicans only conceded one goal during the group stage and shut out Mexico, so chances are there will not be more than a goal between the two sides at full-time.
For those unaware, no extra time is played in the quarter-finals or semi-finals of the Gold Cup; if we’re tied after 90 minutes, it’s straight to penalties.
Canada lost that last quarter-final, at this same competition in 2009, to a single penalty kick in normal time against Honduras. They should be more confident this time around, boasting more talent in midfield and attack than their opponents.
They also have more to bring off the bench in a close game, whether it be Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Tosaint Ricketts or, now, Cyle Larin. It is difficult to see the Orlando City striker going straight back into the lineup following his recall - Lucas Cavallini deserves to continue - but he is certainly a handy weapon to keep in reserve.
Larin’s presence in the squad will split opinion but what seems fairly inarguable is that Octavio Zambrano’s decision to return him to international duty is an indication of how far he believes Canada can go at this tournament. There would be little point taking Larin away from Orlando if the odds were stacked against the Canadians tonight.
They will certainly be underdogs if they do reach the semi-finals and take on Mexico, of course, but Jamaica are beatable. Four members of their starting XI against El Salvador are currently playing either in the USL or the Jamaican league. Andre Blake and Kemar Lawrence are standout MLS players, but the likes of Oniel Fisher and Darren Mattocks are not.
The key difference between Zambrano’s team and Benito Floro’s has not been to do with tactics or personnel - though Cavallini and Alphonso Davies have certainly helped - but mentality. There is not just a new positivity and confidence about Canada but also a focus; they will not win every game, but they are at least going into each one with a plan and an idea of how they might do so.
Kick-off: 7.30pm Eastern
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
TV channel & live stream
TV: TSN 2 (Canada), FS1 (USA)
Stream: TSN Go (Canada), Fox Sports Go (USA)
Canada have called up Cyle Larin to replace Raheem Edwards and the Orlando City striker should be available for selection.
Jamaica did not make any changes after the group stage.
Canada: Borjan; Petrasso, Jakovic, Vitoria, De Jong; Arfield, Piette, Bernier; Hoilett, Cavallini, Davies.
Jamaica: Blake; Powell, Lowe, Taylor, Lawrence; Fisher, Lambert, Watson, Williams; Mattocks, Burke.