This is only the second game of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying finals and the pressure is already on. After Canada and the United States Men’s National Team settled for a draw in their opener on Thursday, the two will aim for a win over each other in Nashville, Tenn. On Sunday evening. But there will certainly be more pressure on the USMNT as a home team.

A slow start to qualifying doomed the USMNT in 2018 for missing the FIFA World Cup, and anything that isn’t a win on Sunday would be considered the same. The team’s third game won’t be any easier as the Americans travel to face Honduras on Wednesday. Canada will return home to welcome El Salvador.

The rivalry between the American and Canadian men’s teams is growing. Canada has made progress in becoming more competitive. The teams met in the CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage in July and USMNT clinched a 1-0 victory, although Canada deserved better. The teams parted ways with CONCACAF Nations League games in 2019.

Eight teams are entered in the CONCACAF regional qualifiers. The top three CONCACAF Octagon teams will advance to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The fourth-place team will play in an intercontinental qualifier with a ticket to Qatar on the line.

Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from this key first match between the Continental rivals.

58th minute: SUB – Kamal Miller replaces Scott Kennedy, who leaves the field after the game error. It is not known if he was injured in the game.

55th min: USA goal! The USMNT goes straight down Canada’s throats after a gift from Scott Kennedy. The center of Antonee Robinson was put home by Aaronson who crushed the box.

52nd minute: Doneil Henry needs treatment after a tackle on Jordan Pefok. He is doing well and is coming back to the game.

50th min: Canada starts off strong. Junior Hoilett with a cross from the right crossing the American goal but no one there to bring him home. Cyle Larin nibbles his jersey. He knows it was a great chance.

Halftime: Canada looked the best to start the game and should have enjoyed it. Then the USMNT came strong and finally hit the post with Christian Pulisic. When he was on the ball for the United States, good things happened. It also helped Sebastian Lletget to push close to the surface. Along with Pulisic, he has the clearest ideas about the American attack. But the USMNT’s back line is vulnerable and Canada will have a chance in the second half.

45th minute: Chance of the United States! A cross from the left is cleared for Lletget, who is again near the top of the box and his volley is just off the mark.

44th minute: SUB – Yedlin replaces Sergino Dest. It was not a memorable qualifying run in September for the FC Barcelona man.

42nd minute: US right-back Sergino Dest receives treatment. It looks like a problem with the right ankle. DeAndre Yedlin appears to be preparing to enter.

40th min: USMNT hits the post! A ball into Lletget from the top of the box and he feeds Aaronson, who crosses into the box and Pulisic sends him off the post!

36th minute: US forward Jordan Pefok’s first real appearance in the box and he kicks the ball past Canada’s goal, but no team-mate is there to convert.

33rd minute: USMNT defender John Brooks also goes into the book after taking down Alphonso Davies who was heading towards goal in a dangerous run. Brooks had no choice.

29 min. : Things are getting confused. The players rally after Richie Laryea just shoves Christian Pulisic in the back. Laryea enters the book, as does USMNT forward Jordan Pefok after the incident.

26th minute: An American cross from Brenden Aaronson’s right is deflected by defender Scott Kennedy towards the Canadian goal and Borjan must make a diving save to prevent the American goal.

23rd minute: A weak Borjan distribution almost leads to a chance for the United States, but Canada’s Doneil Henry saves the day by stopping Brenden Aaronson in the Canada box.

21st minute: Borjan continues in the game and American Antonee Robinson tests him right away with a shot Borjan saves. But Canada’s goalkeeper still seems to be feeling some unease.

19th min: Game stoppage. Canada’s starting goalie, Milan Borjan, falls and signals a groin problem. The coaches are in the field.

14th minute: How lucky for Canada! Sergino Dest misjudges a long ball and Alphonso Davies wins it and serves his teammate Cyle Larin in the box, but his shot is saved for a corner! US goalkeeper Matt Turner takes the corner.

11th minute: The first shot on goal belongs to Canada. Weak shot from Cyle Larin and it’s an easy save for US goalie Matt Turner. A stray pass from John Brooks led to luck.

7th minute: It’s now Canada’s turn to award a free kick close to the USMNT’s area after Junior Hoilett was knocked down. Nothing comes of it.

3rd minute: A gift from Richie Laryea in his own half allowed American Christian Pulisic to run to goal and he was knocked down. USMNT get the free kick and then a corner, but it comes to nothing. In the meantime, some interesting information below:

7:57 pm: Reports say attendance surpassing 40,000 in Nashville. A large crowd for a great game that will set the tone for the rest of qualifying for Canada and the United States:

7:54 PM Whatever the story, the Phonzie vs. Dest game is definitely one to watch. Dest moves to right-back after starting at left-back against El Salvador:

Damn, TSN just said that Alphonso Davies faced off against Sergino Dest at BMO in October 2019 and cooked him

From memory, Dest has yet to commit to the US and DeAndre Yedlin performed in October

7:40 p.m .: Here is Weston McKennie’s apology to fans for the violation that led to his suspension:

A #USMNT spox wouldn’t go into specifics, but reading between the lines, it looks like Weston McKennie has broken Covid protocol.

▪️Gio Reyna was diagnosed with right hamstring strain and was judged in games against Canada and Honduras.

▪️Weston McKennie was not included in today’s squad due to a violation of squad policy.

Big news in the USMNT camp: Christian Pulisic has recovered from his COVID fight and will start as team captain, but Gio Reyna is out with a hamstring injury, Zack Steffen is out due to COVID- 19 (replaced by Sean Johnson of NYCFC) and Weston McKennie is completely kicked out of the squad for violating team policy.

USMNT projected lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Matt Turner-GK – 5-Antonee Robinson, 6-John Brooks, 12-Miles Robinson, 2-Sergino Dest – 23-Kellyn Acosta , 4-Tyler Adams, 17-Sebastian Lletget – 10-Christian Pulisic, 19-Jordan Pefok, 11-Brenden Aaronson

USMNT projected submarines (12): Ethan Horvath-GK, Sean Johnson-GK, George Bello, 13-Tim Ream, Mark McKenzie, Walker Zimmerman, James Sands, 22-DeAndre Yedlin, Cristian Roldan, 20-Konrad de la Fuente, 9-Josh Sargent, Ricardo Pepi

As for Canada, head coach John Herdman is playing for the counterattack, fielding superstar Alphonso Davies as the left winger. Star forward Jonathan David and Jonathan Osorio start off on the bench.

Starting line-up from Canada (3-4-3, left to right): 18-Milan Borjan-GK – 23-Scott Kennedy, 15-Doneil Henry, 2-Alistair Johnston – 3-Samuel Adekugbe, 14-Mark-Anthony Kaye, 7-Stephen Eustaquio, 22-Richie Laryea – 19-Alphonso Davies, 17 -Cyle Larin, 10-Junior Hoilett

Canadian submarines (12): Maxime Crepeau-GK, James Pantemis-GK, Steven Vitoria, Kamal Miller, Liam Fraser, Jonathan Osorio, Atiba Hutchinson, Samuel Piette, David Wotherspoon, Tajon Buchanan, Jonathan David, Lucas Cavallini

The game will be broadcast in the United States on FS1 in English, and UniMas and TUDN in Spanish. All three networks can be streamed on fuboTV (7 day free trial). TSN and RDS will bring the game to Canada.

The event will take place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Where more than 36,000 fans are expected.

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