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Coffee with the Caps, Friday January 28

El Salvador v Canada: 2022 World Cup Qualifying Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Good Friday morning Caps fans, hope you all have had a good week and are looking forward to a little rest and relaxation this weekend (I know I am).

It was a busy week in Vancouver. Evan Newton officially left the club for El Paso Locomotive in USL, meaning the Caps’ keeper shortage is now at a dire level. Stay tuned for more developments there.

And then there was World Cup Qualifying action last night, with Canada seeing off Honduras 2-0 in San Pedro Sula, a good win despite Honduras’ lowly stature in the table.

The Estadio Olimpico is one of the toughest places to play in CONCACAF and Canada is obviously short handed. I haven’t read up much on the match but it appears to have been a gritty affair, just what you would expect from a road World Cup Qualifying match.

The next match is, of course, the big one: a clash with the U.S Men’s National Team, who saw off El Salvador 1-0 in Columbus, Ohio last night. That result, combined with a win for Mexico over 10-men Jamaica, meant there was little unchanged at the top of the Octagonal standings, making the U.S.-Canada tilt all the more important.

For more on all of this, let’s dive into some links ...

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Some potential changes in the league’s international rules for Canadian sides could benefit the Caps in a big way — three international players could be converted to domestic slots

Brian White is focused on keeping his exceptional form from last season cooking into 2022

More on Canada’s 2-0 win over Honduras and what it means for the side

Some player ratings from the Canada-Honduras match

Matt Turner is on the verge of signing for Arsenal, a big move for the formerly undrafted Revs shot stopper