A pair of snug 4-1 victories over No. 162 Barbados has given Canada confidence, however carried out 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 high up their FIFA rankings level whole on Wednesday, after they face No. 39 Iceland in a world pleasant in Irvine, Calif.
Iceland, coincidentally, takes on No. 69 El Salvador on Sunday. However that assembly, apparently on the request of El Salvador, has been designated as a coaching match so there is not going to be any rating factors at stake.
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 12 months with 1,331.2 factors within the seventh spot in CONCACAF, 15 factors behind sixth-place El Salvador. Canada’s whole after the Barbados wins is 1,333.456370, in line with the Canadian Soccer Affiliation.
Canada Soccer estimates a win over Iceland on Wednesday can be value one other 3.1 factors for Canada.
Failure to make the Hex means a extra convoluted qualifying schedule for groups ranked seventh by way of 35th within the confederation. The final group 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 group will look to play as usually as it might probably in March and June worldwide home windows.
The three video games in January are value fewer rating factors since they fall outdoors a FIFA worldwide window. Membership groups do not need to launch their gamers outdoors 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 group’s quest.
“After we get to October this 12 months, by some means 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 night time towards Iceland.
“This can be a group 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 on Tuesday. “A group with a whole lot of confidence, that has an identification that has labored for them in the previous couple of years.
“It’s going to be an incredible check for us, a extremely good check for us. On the identical time, I believe this recreation means a bit of bit extra to us due to the best way the rating system works and qualifying to the World Cup works. We’re undoubtedly going to need to convey 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.