Two wins, eight targets however simply 2.26 rating factors.
A pair of comfy 4-1 victories over No. 162 Barbados has given Canada confidence however accomplished little to maneuver the needle in the case of the FIFA rankings. Canada stays in El Salvador’s rear-view mirror within the race for place in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
The 73rd-ranked Canadian males hope to additional prime up their FIFA rankings level complete Wednesday once they face No. 39 Iceland in a global pleasant in Irvine, Calif.
Iceland, coincidentally, takes on No. 69 El Salvador on Sunday, though it was not instantly clear Tuesday if that recreation was thought of a global pleasant or coaching match (which doesn’t contain rating factors).
The highest six CONCACAF groups after the June worldwide window will qualify for the Hex, probably 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 complete after the Barbados wins is 1,333.456370, in accordance with the Canadian Soccer Affiliation.
Failure to make the Hex means a extra convoluted qualifying schedule for groups ranked seventh by means of 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 could 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 wouldn’t have to launch their gamers exterior these home windows so Canada and Iceland will each be lacking prime expertise Wednesday.
Herdman, a glass-half-full-type of coach, sees positives in his crew’s quest.
“Once we get to October this yr, by hook or by crook we will be enjoying in World Cup qualification,” he stated in an interview earlier this month.
And Herdman calls the secondary qualifying route “very doable for Canada.”
“It was all the time going to be a problem to qualify for the Hex,” he stated. “The World Cup dream remains to be alive as a result of we do have one other alternative if we do not 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 night time towards 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 a whole lot of confidence, that has an identification that has labored for them in the previous few years.
“It’ll be an ideal check for us, a extremely good check for us. On the similar time, I believe this recreation means a bit bit extra to us due to the way in which the rating system works and qualifying to the World Cup works. We’re positively going to should deliver a extremely good depth for this recreation.”
Eight completely 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 for Canada.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Jan. 14, 2020.
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