OneSoccer covered Canada’s chances in Concacaf qualifying during Monday’s Player and Pundit Hangout with Adam Jenkins, Kurt Larson, Oliver Platt, and Toronto Star sports writer Lara Armstrong.
Before COVID-19 postponements, John Herdman and his staff were on a crusade for FIFA rankings points in order to make it to the Hex – where a a top-three finish would see Canada earn a World Cup berth for the first time since 1986.
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Instead, Canada will now enter a 29-team, secondary tournament featuring Concacaf’s bottom-ranked sides. The winner of this longer and more complicated qualifying competition plays the fourth-placed side in “the Hex” for the right to advance to FIFA’s inter-confederation playoffs.
“You have to just show consistency at home, and get it right on the road,” Larson said of Canada’s chances. “That’s what I don’t think they have.”
Platt was decidedly optimistic of the longer, more complicated run, which would feature Canada facing mid-range Concacaf opponents such as Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, and Panama.
“We should raise our expectation of getting an away result at Curacao or Haiti,” Platt said.