- Offers as unwelcoming a locale for rivals as Mexico’s famous Estadio Azteca.
- Tied up in suits, Team Canada players celebrate their victory over Costa Rica on Friday in Edmonton.
Team Canada’s journey in World Cup Qualifiers:
There is a long, seamy history of grimy tricks in CONCACAF, a football league known for presenting the beautiful game on the least extent of playing fields. No nation has acquired the dark art of odds-stacking quite like Mexico. After troubling their guests with strange late-night fire alerts and bus breakdowns, the Mexicans then escort them into storied Azteca, where the heat, high altitude, and closely 100,000 howling fans make it one of the world’s toughest spots to play.
And that’s before the bags of urine begin dropping down from the mob.
Canadian football fans aren’t quite so devoted to the cause of home-field superiority, but we haven’t been over our shenanigans. When the Canadian men qualified for their only world cup in 1986, they played their choosing game against Honduras on a lately laid cow pasture in St. John’s. Their visitors were cold and tired from their extensive journey, and the trounced Honduras were amid those scarce guests who have left Newfoundland protesting about the hospitality.
For Tuesday’s all-major world cup qualifier contra highly positioned Mexico, Canada football has created another contemplated and inconsiderate, decision of place.
“There’s a great chance for the people of Edmonton to be part of history,” manager John Herdman stated before the game. “That’s what this is.” Source – cbc.ca
“It felt like a fortress,” he said. “When you go to Edmonton, you actually feel as though the entire city is behind you … Everyone is trying to find a way to aid the team. Getting into that stadium, and potentially feeling 50,000 individuals at your back…” He trailed off, unable to find the right words to describe the ecstasy. Source – cbc.ca