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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Canadian men qualify for 1st World Cup since 1986 with a win 


Key takeaways: 

  • Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett score in a 4-0 win over Jamaica.
  • On Sunday, Canada’s Tajon Buchanan celebrates after netting a goal during a 4-0 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying victory over Jamaica at BMO Field in Toronto. 

Canada celebrated the sport of football Sunday as the Canadian men succeeded in qualification to the 2022 World Cup.

They did it in class, beating a topped Jamaican team 4-0 on a cold day at BMO Field to enhance their CONCACAF qualifying history to 14-1-4 over three rounds and end a 36-year absence from the men’s football showcase.

“I think this nation, they never felt in us. 

Because we’ve offered them nothing to think in,” said coach John Herdman, the Canadian men’s victory designer. “They believe now.”

“And I think if we all get after each other — this is the moment for everyone to get after football and collaborate. Because we can be a powerhouse, and it’s time.”

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Canadian men succeeded in qualification to the 2022 World Cup

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“We are the best squad in CONCACAF,” said midfielder Jonathan Osorio. “Now people accept,” added the Toronto FC veteran, shivering in the frigid. “And it’s amazing how much people believe. And it’s only heading to get better. Now we like to move to a World Cup and make a statement.”

Canada, which only required a draw Sunday to qualify, has outscored its opponent 54-7 while posting 12 clean sheets in qualifying.

Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, and Junior Hoilett netted as the Canadians had their way with the Reggae Boyz before a noisy and proud sellout group of 29,122. A Jamaican own goal in the 88th minute padded the result. And the margin of win could have been far more uneven.

It was a tipping point for Herdman, who led the Canadian women to back-to-back Olympic bronze before taking over the men’s squad in January 2018.

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