The USMNT will try to secure three more points and take over the top spot in CONCACAF 2022 World Cup qualifying when they visit Canada in frigid Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday (3:05 pm ET).
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Canada (19 points) sits atop the CONCACAF table after 9 of 14 games. The USMNT sits one place and one point behind them, with Mexico a point and a place below to round out the top-three. With the Yanks still to play both of the North American giants one more time in the Octagonal, Canada and the USMNT currently control their own destiny. Win out, and they’ll win the group. 4th-place (inter-confederation playoffs) Panama trail Mexico by three points.
The two sides battled to a 1-1 draw when they met in Nashville back in September.
While the USMNT was in control of the game against El Salvador, their inability to find the final ball as well as the finishing touch meant they had to grind out the victory on home soil. Canada, meanwhile, went down to Honduras and picked up a 2-0 victory without their best player, Alphonso Davies, as he recovers from heart inflammation caused by his recent case of COVID-19. The damage was instead done by an early own goal, followed by Jonathan Davids’ fourth goal in the Octagonal (tied for first with teammate Cyle Larin).
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Canada vs USMNT.
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Canada vs USMNT live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright
Canada continue to battle away as the USMNT have the majority of the ball. A few corners and a ball over to Pulisic which was well defended, and that is about it for the USA so far.
The USMNT have had plenty of of the ball since going behind, but look a little rattled and are sloppy on the ball. On Canada’s goal, lovely stuff from Larin and David.
GOALLLL! Cyle Larin puts Canada 1-0 up. A fine finish across goal. A horrible defensive mix-up off a goal kick allows Canada to slice right through the USMNT. Could Turner have got to that? Probably not. Tim Hortons Field erupts. What a start for Canada!
Take a look at this.
Christian Pulisic was just caught very late there in midfield. His free kick hits the first man. Pulisic is hobbling around a little. Much to the delight of the home fans…
KICK OFF: We are off in Hamilton!
Well, this is it. All of the build-up is over. All of the talking is done. Is this the day Canada announce themselves as CONCACAF’s top team? Or is this when the USMNT reminds them they are 11th in FIFA’s world rankings for a reason? Anthems are here.
What an atmosphere brewing in Hamilton. The home fans are already creating a lot of noise and we are over 30 minutes from kick off. I mean, they need to stay warm, so I get it. The ‘feels like’ temperature is a balmy 19 degrees, but that isn’t as bad as most expected.
IN TERMS OF THE TEAM NEWS: The USMNT makes two changes from the side which beat El Salvador on Thursday in Columbus. Brenden Aaronson replaces Tim Weah (who wasn’t allowed to enter Canada due to a ruling over his vaccine status despite France considering him fully vaccinated) out wide, while Gyasi Zardes starts up top with Jesus Pereira dropping to the bench. It is a little surprising that Ricardo Pepi is out of the starting lineup once again. Cyle Larin and Jonathan David start up top for Canada, while Atiba Hutchinson drops to the bench with Mark-Anthony Kaye coming in to midfield.
As for the Canadian team, well, they got a heroes welcome and the home fans are fired up ahead of this massive World Cup qualifier.
The temperature is 25 degrees in Hamilton, Ontario and the USMNT players received a frosty reception as they walked into Tim Hortons Field, affectionately known as the Donut Box.
Hello, and welcome to live analysis of a game we have all been looking forward to for a long, long time: Canada vs USA. 1st vs 2nd. World Cup qualifying. This is going to be epic.
Canada team news, injuries, lineup
Alphonso Davies won’t be joining Canada during the January/February window, but he is the only player to have played during the November window and not been called into the current camp, meaning good health and fitness across the rest of the board.
USMNT team news, injuries, lineup
There were no injuries suffered by the USMNT on Thursday, though they will be without one starter from the victory over El Salvador, as winger Timothy Weah was denied entrance into Canada due to his COVID-19 vaccination status. Weah, who is considered fully vaccinated in France (one vaccine dose plus a previous recovery from the virus), was reportedly scheduled to have his second dose of the vaccine when he contracted the virus, preventing him from receiving dose no. 2 in time (15 days prior) to qualify under Canada’s guidelines. The 21-year-old Lille winger will instead travel to Minnesota ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Honduras.
How to watch Canada vs USMNT live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 3:05 pm ET, Sunday (Jan. 30)
TV Channel: Telemundo Deportes and NBC Universo and Paramount+
Online: Live analysis on NBCSports.com