FT - CANADA 0 - 1 ICELAND. Canada’s first loss of 2020 puts in #CONCATHUNDERDOMEHUNGERGAMES
90’ + 5’ - Last ditch attempt bears no fruit.
90’ + 3’ - Furious pressure from Canada but so far nada.
90’ + 1’ - CANADA SUBSTITUTION
89' Out ◀️ 11 Tosaint Ricketts, in ▶️ 9 Theo Bair— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 16, 2020
90’ - There will be 4’ of added time.
89’ - ANOTHER BUNCH OF ICELAND SUBSTITUTIONS
79' Liam Fraser delivers a great free kick into the box, Kamal Miller gets onto the end of it but the ball doesn't quite find its way to the net.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 16, 2020
78’ - SUBSTITUTION - CANADA
Apologies, there was a missed sub.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 16, 2020
80' Out ◀️ 3 Sam Adekugbe, in ▶️ 20 Ashtone Morgan
77’ - What. A. Save. Maxime’s fingertips keep us in this one.
75’ - SUBSTITUTION - CANADA
75' Substitution for Canada— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 16, 2020
Out ◀️ 13 Tesho Akindele, in ▶️ 21 Jayden Nelson
Canada's odds of reaching the Hex could depend on the capacity of their B-team to find a couple of goals in the next 20 minutes against Iceland in an empty little stadium in California in mid-January. This is our world now.— Daniel Squizzato ⭐️ (@DanielSquizzato) January 16, 2020
73’ SUBSTITUTION - ICELAND
70’ - Our man Sam with a gorgeous in the box clearance. Tos comes close but juuuust wide.
70' Ricketts in with another chance that misses the top corner of the net by a matter of inches.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 16, 2020
68’ - Tos called offside on the would be equalizer. Canada on the front foot. Think I can hear Caldwell screaming now.
0-1— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) January 16, 2020
Ricketts comes close to scoring his 18th goal for #CANMNT but it’s called offside.
67’ - Bring. On. Borges.
63’ - YELLOW CARD - CANADA issued to Samuel Piette
58’ - DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION - ICELAND
57’ - Bassong to Brym and flashed across for Tos, who misses.
50’ - Brym dances across the face of goal but can’t get a shot off.
49’ - A great bit of pressure leads to another biffed shot from Oso.
0-1— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) January 16, 2020
Ricketts dummies the Bassong cross to leave it for Osorio whose volley is stopped by the keeper. #CANMNT
2nd half begins - lots of subs to note:
Iceland bringing in Saevarsson, another part of their 2018 World Cup squad. #CanMNT— Charlie O'Connor-Clarke (@charliejclarke) January 16, 2020
And we're back. One substitution for Canada to start the half.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 16, 2020
Out ◀️ 22 Richie Laryea, in ▶️ 26 Zorhan Bassong
HT - CANADA 0 - 1 ICELAND Canada concede one and need to get 2 in the 2nd half. No points for loses, minimum draw points will not do.
A reminder that a win or draw would be nice here for #canMNT but even with a loss, they'd basically be where they started the month as far as FIFA points go. Most important from this camp could be evaluating U-23 players who'll be part of Olympic qualifying in March. (1)— Daniel Squizzato ⭐️ (@DanielSquizzato) January 16, 2020
45’ + 1’ - One more minute of Herdman shouty shouty.
37’ - Clever build-up play for Iceland leads to a glancing shot off the post. Almost 2-0 here.
34' Sam Adekugbe sets up Charles-Andreas Brym who has his chance deflected wide.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 16, 2020
26’ - Fraser serves Akindele a beaut but he can’t convert.
21’ - GOAL! ICELAND! CANADA 0 - 1 ICELAND. Deflected effort leads to corner kick leads to goal.
14’ - Fraser for Adekube, but he runs out of runway and the keeper scoops it up.
12’ - Half chance for Sam Piette! Full miss though.
8' Iceland have a chance on net off of a set piece, but Maxime Crépeau gets an outstretched foot to it to make the save.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 16, 2020
8’ - Promising two phases of attack for Canada. Tos makes a run onto a through-ball but is chased into the sidelines. It’s recycled to set up Oso for a header but he whiffs it.
6’ - Loving being able to hear John Herdman just screaming syllables from his technical area.
3’ - Canada enjoys the lion’s share of possession, but can’t really penetrate.
7:00PM - We’re off!
6:57PM - A note on Tos.
6:55PM - Officials on the field, anthems on the PA. Fan in the stand. Engine Primed. Let’s go.
6:52PM - I may kid, but a big ol’Cheers to Canada Soccer for doing this - they didn’t have to. It’s awesome we get to watch this match.
6:42PM - Hot Mic Alert Klaxon! Someone’s wearing heels!
6:40PM - Officially hypnotized by team drills and starting to think today’s hip-pop is actually pretty good. Why am I watching this again?
6:30PM - Match Stream is live. Which means we get to enjoy warm-ups, mic tests, and booming hip hop as heard through stadium PA into web compression into TV speakers. I’m riveted.
6:00PM - Captain Sam. Nice ring to it.
CANADA: Tos gets the start - and inches ever closer to the record books. Mitchell Tierney loses his mind as it’s Captain Sam Part Deux. On the CPL front, Amer Didic back in the starting XI.
ICELAND: Bringing out the big boys.
This is how we start our friendly against Canada at the Championship Soccer Stadium in Canada!— Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) January 15, 2020
Byrjunarlið Íslands fyrir leikinn gegn Kanada!
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How to Watch
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Preview (Courtesy Brady Reid)
TORONTO, Ont.— With consecutive 4-1 victories over Barbados, Canada has gotten off on the right foot in 2020.
While the pair of friendlies gave Head Coach John Herdman a great opportunity to give some young players a look on the senior scene, the reward in the qualification process was minuscule.
However, Canada concludes it’s California camp on Wednesday with a friendly against FIFA’s 39th ranked nation in Iceland. Thanks to the country’s relatively high ranking, this game should present a bigger challenge for the Canadians, while the ranking points up for grabs will be similarly elevated this time around.
Canada #CANMNT in California— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) January 7, 2020
Tuesday 7 January
Friday 10 January
Wednesday 15 January
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For Canada, the player pool remains the same as the previous two matches, with some notable absentees.
Luckily, Iceland find themselves in a similar situation with many of their key players not available as the majority of the big European leagues are in the midst of a busy window.
The match, however, will certainly have plenty of incentive to the Nordic nation as Iceland remain in contention for this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament. With a March 26 playoff fixture against Romania looming, Iceland will be looking to assess which players among those selected will join the first team which suits up come March.
Among the 23 players named to Canada’s squad for this trio of friendlies, only backup Goalkeepers James Pantemis and Marco Carducci have yet to feature this week. While Herdman has done a great job rotating his team, expectations are that the starting XI against Iceland reflects the best side available at this time.
Canada has met Iceland on just three occasions in the past, all of which were friendlies. Most recently, the two met roughly five years ago in January of 2015, playing to a 1-1 draw. Despite a weakened Icelandic outfit, this match should be the toughest of the three for the Canadians in the last ten days.
Through two matches, the plan has been executed to a T for Canada. Get some new players meaningful minutes for the senior team while picking up FIFA ranking points in the process (albeit very few).
Expectations coming into California would’ve been beating Barbados twice. The true test comes in a more formidable opponent in Iceland. A loss on Wednesday would likely put an end to any hope of Canada passing El Salvador before June. If they can make it three wins in three, the Hex hopes live to see another day.
- FC Edmonton defender Amer Didic became both the first active Canadian Premier League player to start in a match for Canada as well as the first CPL player to score a goal for the Canadians with his headed finish in the 4-1 victory over Barbados on Friday.
- Canada last faced a UEFA side when they drew Scotland 1-1 in a friendly in Edinburgh back in March 22nd, 2017.
- Tosaint Ricketts can move into a tie for third place for all-time goals scored for Canada with a goal against Iceland.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’s match will be streamed by Canada Soccer on their website. You can also follow along for updates throughout the match on our Live Match Thread right here, or alternatively on Twitter @WakingtheRed
Kickoff for Wednesday’s match is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. EST.