TORONTO, Canada—Canada Soccer is coming home!
Canada Soccer announced today that the Canadian men’s national team will play upcoming World Cup Qualifiers this September at BMO Field in Toronto. Canada will host Honduras on Sept. 2 in Toronto as well as El Salvador on Sept. 8.
The matches will be played in front of fans, ‘pending relevant public health approvals from the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario.’ As of now, current guidelines permit up to 15,000 fans in the stands at outdoor sporting events.
“We really want to sing that anthem at home in Canada with our fans, there’s no better sound in sport,” said John Herdman in a press release, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “We’ve shown in recent times that we are ready to have a real push for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. With the fans behind us at home, it will bring us to another level.”
With 14 matches to be played in the Concacaf Final Round from September 2021 to March 2022, Canada will play three matches in the September window: opening at home on against Honduras, away in Nashville against USA on Sunday, September 5, and back home in Toronto to take on El Salvador.
In all, the Canadian men’s national team will play seven home matches from September 2021 to March 2022 as part of the Concacaf Final Round in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Qatar 2022. Locations and/or dates for the remaining matches will be announced in the coming months.
Along with Honduras, USA and El Salvador, Canada’s other opponents in the Concacaf Final Round are Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama. This is the first time since 1997 that Canada have reached the Concacaf Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
“The last qualification process in June was really important for this group of men to build a resilience and camaraderie in games where you knew if you slipped up, our FIFA World Cup dream would have been up in smoke,” said Herdman. “That sort of pressure, the expectation, scrutiny and consequences has just hardened the group. With those moments, confidence has grown and in the Concacaf Gold Cup it continued to build.”
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