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If Canada had to work hard to secure a 1-1 draw against Honduras on Thursday night, the task will be even bigger against the United States on Sunday night.
The Canadian team continue their campaign to qualify for the 2022 Soccer World Cup by visiting the Americans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
It will be the second game in a series of 14 to secure a first Canadian ticket to the World Cup since 1986.Unifoliate representatives delivered an uneven performance against Honduras in the curtain-raiser, at BMO Field.
Like Canada, the United States opened the qualifying tournament with a draw. The difference is that the 0-0 point against El Salvador was obtained abroad.
Even though the US team is ranked higher than Canada, Canadian players don’t feel intimidated at all.
“We know their players and their personalities, we feel comfortable playing them because we know what to expect from them,” said Canadian defenseman Alistair Johnston.
“But you can’t end up in a hole early in the game because it’s a rushing and crushing team. They’re going to want to put on a show and we expect an American team to fly over the field. “
“I don’t think we’re going to go here and play 0-0, it’s not in our team’s DNA,” Johnston said.
With the successive games between last Thursday and next Wednesday, fatigue will quickly set in.
That’s why we may see some changes to coach John Herdman’s starting lineup.
“We’re in hostile territory, it’s very important to take advantage of our depth by doing a certain rotation because there are a lot of games in a short period of time,” Herdman said.
In their first game earlier this week, the Canadiens got off to a good start before being overcome by the excitement of playing their first home game in nearly two years.
The team disorganized and gave way to Honduras, who took a 1-0 lead shortly before the end of the first half, with Canada leveling in the second half.
However, it was a lack of opportunism that prevented Canada from collecting all three points against its opponent Honduran.
“Coming out of that game there was a bit of frustration, but there is some excitement because we know what we can offer. We got rid of the rust with this match, ”admitted Alistair Johnston.
He wears the colors of Nashville SC, which joined MLS last season.
“It will be strange for me to play at Nissan Stadium, to be on enemy ground being in the opposing locker room, which has never happened to me.
“The fans have been good to me for the past year and a half, but I can’t wait to see what they can throw at me.” ♦ Canada will play its next game Wednesday night against El Salvador at BMO Field in Toronto.
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