The highest six CONCACAF groups after the June worldwide window will qualify for the Hex, essentially the most direct route of World Cup qualifying out of the area that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. The highest three finishers within the Hex spherical qualify for Qatar 2022.
Canada began the yr with 1,331.2 factors in seventh spot in CONCACAF, 15 factors behind sixth-place El Salvador. Canada’s whole after the Barbados wins is 1,333.456370, in response to the Canadian Soccer Affiliation.
Canada Soccer estimates a win over Iceland on Wednesday could be price one other 3.1 factors for Canada.
Failure to make the Hex means a extra convoluted qualifying schedule for groups ranked seventh via 35th within the confederation. The final crew standing will meet the fourth-place Hex finisher to find out who represents CONCACAF in an intercontinental playoff for a berth within the World Cup.
The CSA is loading up Canada’s schedule in a seek for factors. John Herdman’s crew will look to play as typically as it may in March and June worldwide home windows.
The three video games in January are price fewer rating factors since they fall exterior a FIFA worldwide window. Membership groups do not need to launch their gamers exterior these home windows so Canada and Iceland will each be lacking high expertise Wednesday.
Herdman, a glass-half-full-type of coach, sees positives in his crew’s quest.
“Once we get to October this yr, come what may we’re going to be taking part in in World Cup qualification,” he mentioned in an interview earlier this month.
And Herdman calls the secondary qualifying route “very doable for Canada.”
“It was at all times going to be a problem to qualify for the Hex,” he mentioned. “The World Cup dream remains to be alive as a result of we do have one other alternative if we don’t make the Hex.”
Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who captained Canada for the primary time in Friday’s win over Barbados, expects a more durable evening in opposition to Iceland.
“This can be a crew that has been to the final World Cup, been to the final Euro (Championship) and made pushes at these tournaments,” he informed a media convention name Tuesday. “A crew with plenty of confidence, that has an id that has labored for them in the previous couple of years.
“It’s going to be an important take a look at for us, a extremely good take a look at for us. On the identical time, I believe this recreation means somewhat bit extra to us due to the best way the rating system works and qualifying to the World Cup works. We’re positively going to must convey a extremely good depth for this recreation.”
Eight totally different gamers scored for Canada within the wins over Barbados. Charles-Andreas Brym, Amer Didic, Theo Bair and 17-year-old Jayden Nelson all scored their first senior targets.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Jan. 14, 2020.
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