Canada’s Road to Qatar | CMNT

Arik Krause

 

Canada currently sits third place in the CONCACAF table for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, one of the best showings they have had as a nation. Coming off an impressive draw in Mexico, the first time they’ve scored in Azteca since 1980. Hype and expectations have never been higher. They were the better team in Mexico and honestly deserved the 3 points.

It’s the first time in my life at least that Canada has fielded a competitive soccer team, at least on the Men’s side. It couldn’t come at a better time either as there was serious debate on whether or not Canada deserves the automatic birth in 2026.

 

Hometown Boy

Born in Ghana, raised in Edmonton. It’s truly a homecoming for Alphonso Davies, the all-around star for Bayern Munich. Davies has brought on a beacon of hope for Canadian soccer. Routinely giving Canada the ability to have the best player on the pitch allows Canada to play with purpose and strength.

Sportsnet on Twitter: “.@CanadaSoccerEN is back in action tonight! The last time they played, @alphonsodavies scored one of the craziest goals in 🇨🇦 soccer history. 🤩 #CANMNT | #WCQ pic.twitter.com/DrexvbcyMA / Twitter”

@CanadaSoccerEN is back in action tonight! The last time they played, @alphonsodavies scored one of the craziest goals in 🇨🇦 soccer history. 🤩 #CANMNT | #WCQ pic.twitter.com/DrexvbcyMA

Davies performance in this qualifying round has allowed Canadian soccer fans to believe. Believe in the ability to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. They are good enough, they are in a fantastic spot after drawing USA and Mexico on the road. It’ll be up to Alphonso Davies and the rest of the Men’s National team to take the advantage they have been given.

 

What’s at stake?

 

Canada Soccer has chosen Edmonton to be the venue for this leg of  World Cup Qualifying, the hopes that a very cold environment will give the Canadians an advantage over the likes of Mexico and Costa Rica.

It’s not a guarantee, but Canada can do themselves a huge favor by picking up six points at home in Edmonton. It is likely a big ask, but for the 50,000+ expected fans, it would be a historic event.

 

Either way, we are witnessing Canadian Soccer history right now.

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