- The Canadian National Soccer Team is close to qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar
- They are one victory away from their first World Cup since 1986
After a very tight 2-0 victory in their game against El Salvador this week, Team Canada finds itself 5 points, or possibly even one game away (depending on other results), from securing a spot in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Massive news for a generation of Canadians who has never seen their team on the big stage!
A Few Points Away From Glory!
And that's because Team Canada hasn't been at a World Cup tournament since all the way back to their first ever appearance in 1986! Which means there are plenty of Canucks who would not remember such a historic occasion. But it sure looks like they'll have their chance to witness it this year!
A new generation of Canadian talent has propelled Team Canada into a brand new dream. One of the peculiarities of this team is the amount of players on the team who are either non-native Canadians, or first-generation Canadians, adding to the flavor of a very eclectic group of players.
Such is the case for Canada's soccer superstar Alphonso Davies, who became the first-ever Canadian to win the coveted European Champions League trophy with FC Bayern Munich in 2020. His parents immigrated to Canada when he was a young boy...and the rest is history. Add his talent to other ballers like captain Atiba Hutchinson, and you have a recipe for success.
Coach John Herdman couldn't be more proud of his team:
"The boys have executed. They've had that clarity and the confidence is there," said Herdman. "There's a real confidence that we're going to find a way and get the job done. So today was just another step … It's going to happen, we know it going to happen."
Come the end of March, the top three countries will represent North and Central America and the Caribbean in Qatar. The fourth-placed finisher will face an Oceania team in an intercontinental playoff to see who joins them!
So, there's only thing left to say: Go Team Canada, go!