Canada returns to BC Place on Sunday to play their final CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match against French Guiana. The Nations League was developed to provide CONCACAF clubs with more opportunities to play matches, against strong opponents.
Set to begin in September 2019, the Nations League will be comprised of three leagues of 12 to 16 teams, each divided into four groups of three (or four). The winner of each group, in League A, will compete in the championship while the third-place club will be relegated to League B. Likewise, the top club in each group of League B and C will be promoted while the last-place club in each group of League B will be relegated to League C.
Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Panama automatically qualify for League A, thanks to their participation in the 2018 World Cup hexagonal. Those clubs will be joined by the top six nations from the four-match qualifier. Currently, Canada is in fourth, tied for second with points (9) but dropped to fourth on goal differential (+14).
Sunday’s match is simple. Win and qualify for League A of the Nations League. Lose and who knows.
Coach John Herdman called in four current Vancouver Whitecaps players – Maxime Crepeau, Derek Cornelius, Doneil Henry, and Russell Teibert – for this match, with former Whitecaps Davies, Adekugbe, Thomas, and Edgar also making the cut; although Davies will miss because of injury.
In their first three qualifying matches French Guiana has two wins and one loss. With the match at home, and the club playing strong thus far under Herdman, it would be quite the
If, by some chance, Canada were to lose this match, they could still qualify for League A, thanks to their goal differential, but none of us want that. It is worth noting that while the top six qualify for League A, these matches also act as qualification for 2019 Gold Cup, with the top 10 nations making the cut.
What are your expectations for this match? Who will be in the starting lineup? Will you be attending? Give us some predictions below.
Location: BC Place (Vancouver)
Start Time: March 24th, 3:00 PM (PST)
Where to Watch: TSN 2