Canada seems to be so as to add to precious FIFA rating factors in pleasant in opposition to Iceland

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Canada looks to add to valuable FIFA ranking points in friendly against Iceland


Two wins, eight targets however simply 2.26 rating factors.

A pair of snug 4-1 victories over No. 162 Barbados has given Canada confidence however carried out little to maneuver the needle on the subject 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 whole 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 sport was thought-about 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 whole after the Barbados wins is 1,333.456370, in response to the Canadian Soccer Affiliation.

Failure to make the Hex means a extra convoluted qualifying schedule for groups ranked seventh by 35th within the confederation. The final staff 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 staff will look to play as usually as it could in March and June worldwide home windows.

The three video games in January are value fewer rating factors since they fall exterior a FIFA worldwide window. Membership groups would not 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 staff’s quest.

“Once we get to October this yr, in some way we will be taking part in 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 at all times going to be a problem to qualify for the Hex,” he stated. “The World Cup dream continues 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 evening in opposition to Iceland.

“This can be a staff 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 staff with a number of confidence, that has an id that has labored for them in the previous couple of years.

“It may be an amazing take a look at for us, a extremely good take a look at for us. On the similar time, I believe this sport means slightly 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 deliver a extremely good depth for this sport.”

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 revealed Jan. 14, 2020.

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