Canada Soccer is sticking with the hot hand.
After many years of staying away from Vancouver, Canada Soccer chose to play their last home game at BC Place, with great results. Not only did Canada win the game, but they won at the ticket booth as well. Over 20,000 people showed up for an outdoor game in November, giving the home team a reasonably good home field advantage.
They’re hoping for much of the same three months from now. BC Place will be hosting Canada’s next World Cup qualifying match on March 25th against Mexico.
Canada has played two games in the 4th round of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup so far. Their first game was a 1-0 win over Honduras on November 13 at BC Place. Four days later, they earned a 0-0 draw on the road in El Salvador.
Currently in second place in Group A, Canada is in a good spot. Every team will play a home-and-home, with the top two teams advancing to the final round of qualifying in the CONCACAF region.
Mexico, not surprisingly, are first in Group A and are expected to advance easily. They’re ranked 24th in the world rankings and will pose a stiff test for the 102nd ranked Canadian team.
Earning a result against Mexico would be a huge achievement for Canada. We’ll see if they’re up for the challenge on March 25th.