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A Canadian win or a draw will see Les Rouges top the group. Follow all of the action on our live match thread!

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Live Match Thread

FT: Canada 0-1 United States—Better from Canada after the opening 20 minutes, but they couldn’t break through.

79’—CHANCE! Tajon Buchanan gets put into a 1v1 on the left wing, cuts in on his right foot and bends one far post—just inches wide. That’s probably the closest that Canada have come this match.

71’—Tyler Pasher on for Junior Hoilett, Mark-Anthony Kaye on for Sam Piette. Canada are knocking on the door...

63’—Canada have played well so far this second half. They’re still looking for that final moment, but they’ve dominated the US from about the 30 minute mark onwards.

50’—Laryea goes down in the box again! He was released by Buchanan, appeared to beat his defender, but went down after a straight-arm push in the back. Once again, the referee was having NONE of it. Laryea is getting a reputation for going down quite often in the box it seems like, and the referee is picking up on it.

48’—Great start to the half for Canada, who creates two early chances, but still, to no avail. Larin on the first opportunity received a gift from a USMNT defender, but his finish was rushed by Miles Robinson. Two minutes later, Larin turns his defender, tries to get a shot off, but scuffs his shot right to Buchanan. Though from a tough angle, Buchanan couldn’t get his effort past New England keeper Matt Turner. Positive start to this second half.

HT: Canada 0-1 United States—Credit to Canada for bouncing back and growing into that half, but they still head into the break down by one.

45+2—Great spell of possession here for Canada. They’ve kept the pressure on the US for about the last 10 minutes or so—still nothing to show for it, however.

40’—Since changing to a 3-5-2 after Akinola’s injury, Canada has looked way better. That has to be their best formation moving forward, considering the situation at the back and their strength on the wings and up top.

30’—A great tackle from Kamal Miller. He’s had a strong game and strong season for CF Montreal.

22’–Nevermind. Akinola goes down. He couldn’t play through it. Scary moment for the youngster, leaving the match with what appears to be a knee injury. He looks very concerned. Osorio coming on for his club teammate.

18’—Very scary moment for TFC fans as Ayo Akinola goes down in a lot of pain holding his knee. He was beating the ground, but it appears he’ll be alright. Crisis avoided.

15’—Now Cyle Larin goes down in the box looking for a penalty. The ref is not having any of it today. Canada look like they’re starting to find their legs, however. Worth noting, Zimmerman has had to leave the game after his tackle on Laryea. He’s an important piece at the back for the US.

13’—No penalty. Dang. That really looked like it should’ve been.

11’—Laryea shaken up on the play. Very slow to get up, even after getting treatment, but it looks like he’s going to be okay. VAR still having a look at this...

9’—PENALTY SHOUT for Canada. Richie Laryea was taken down in the box by a tumbling Walker Zimmerman. VAR is going to have a look at this...

8’—The US have really come out to play here. In front of the home crowd, it looks like they have more intensity.

1’—GOAL! Wait what? Before I could write my kickoff comment, USA have taken the lead. 20 seconds in. Shaq Moore opens the scoring.

5:11 pm ET—Pregame vibe! TBT to some great shots for Waking the Red from Tagwa!

5:10 pm ET—As Andi Petrillo just said, it doesn’t matter that these two teams have already qualified. A Canada-USA game is one they always get up for.

5:06 pm ET—Every other year, Canada would’ve head into a match like this as huge underdogs. But times are different. This is a new generation. A new youth movement. And Canada is here to make a statement. Watch out for Ayo Akinola’s first career start against the country he turned down, and of course, continue to keep a close eye on Tajon Buchanan!

4:53 pm ET—As Anthony Khoury pointed out in his great preview, Canada have never beat the US in Gold Cup action. They last beat them at BMO Field on Oct. 15, 2019 in an epic win, but in their latest encounter that same November, USA trounced the Canadians 4-1. With both sides rolling out lineups showcasing their depth, Sunday’s match should be a good one.

4:40 pm ET—It’s a big one, Canada soccer fans! Les Rouges are taking on rivals United States for the top spot in Group B. A draw will be enough for the Canadians today, while the US must win if they want to finish in first. Both teams have qualified, but nevertheless, it’s a relatively strong XI from the two sides, which should make for quite the entertaining encounter. Let’s do this thing.

Starting XI

Here’s how Canada will start today’s match vs. the United States. Note, Ayo Akinola is making his first career start since committing to the Canadian men’s national team program

Here’s how the US will set up against the Canadians:

Match Preview (via Anthony Khoury)

Having already booked their place in the quarter-finals, Canada faces the United States in matchday three of the Gold Cup group stage to determine who will advance as group winners.

A pair of 4-1 wins against Martinique and Haiti respectively proved to be enough for The Reds to qualify to the next round with a game to spare. The 2021 Gold Cup thus becomes the first edition of the tournament where the Canadian men’s national team has qualified to the last eight with one match remaining.

Les Rouges will once again play at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, which has been quite the happy hunting ground for Canada so far. Kickoff is set for 5:00 pm EST with the game available to stream on OneSoccer.

Thursday’s 4-1 win against Haiti ensured The Reds not only sealed their place in the last eight, but it also confirmed that Canada would come into their clash with the US ahead of their Southern neighbours on goals scored.

Daryl Dike and the US ran riot against Martinique as they thumped the island nation 6-1 to dump them out of qualifying contention. The five-goal win saw the US move level on points and goal difference with Canada, but Les Rouges have scored one more goal than Gregg Berhalter’s side, who must now win on Sunday to finish top of the group.

If Herdman’s squad claims victory or plays out a draw against the US, The Reds will win the group and face the runner-up of Group C in the last eight. Regardless if Canada finishes top or not, they look set to face either Jamaica or Costa Rica on July 25th.

Against Haiti, Herdman made just two changes to the side that beat Martinique, as Lucas Cavallini and Doneil Henry replaced Junior Hoilett and Richie Laryea in the starting lineup. Cyle Larin’s brace meant that he became Canada’s top scorer in a single calendar year with nine total strikes. The Beşiktaş forward has also moved up to fourth in the men’s national team’s all-time top scoring list. Larin is now just five goals away from passing Dwayne De Rosario and his 22 international goals.

The big question ahead of Sunday’s clash is whether Herdman goes for a full strength lineup, or if he rests certain players since The Reds are already through to the next round. Toronto FC fans were ecstatic to see Ayo Akinola make his debut for Canada, with many hoping the 21-year-old forward will see some more time on the field against the US.

Stephen Eustáquio will not play on Sunday after he picked up a second yellow card of the tournament against Haiti. After six bookings against Martinique, Eustáquio was the only player to be shown a yellow on Thursday. Despite that, the other five who were cautioned against Martinique (Alistair Johnston, Steven Vitória, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Liam Fraser and Lucas Cavallini) are still at risk of missing Canada’s quarter-final tie if they get booked on Sunday.

The history of Canada vs. USA dates back to 1885 where The Reds recorded a 1-0 friendly victory in the two countries’ first ever meeting. In total, 38 matches have been played between Les Rouges and The Stars & Stripes, with Canada winning 11 of them.

Their last meeting, which took place in November 2019, finished in a 4-1 US victory during the CONCACAF Nations League group stage. In the match before that, Canada recorded a memorable 2-0 Nations League win at BMO Field, which was the first time The Reds had beaten the US since May 1990.

Canada’s last Gold Cup clash with the US was back in 2011, where goals from Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore sealed a 2-0 American win during the group stage.

The Reds have lost all four of their Gold Cup games against their adversary from down South, but this young, thrilling Canadian side will have their sights set on rewriting the narrative that has long favoured the USMNT over the years.

A place in the quarter-finals may already be secured, but there’s no denying that Canada will be gunning for glory against their bitter CONCACAF rivals.