"Iceteca" trends on Twitter ahead of wintry Canada-Mexico match

Nov 16 2021, 7:42 pm

Welcome to the Iceteca.

Ahead of the men’s national team’s 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Mexico later today, weather conditions in Canada have been a hot topic.

Canada has never beaten the Mexicans in a competitive match, though they did draw against the team 1-1 at the famed Stadio Azteca last month in qualifying.

You can probably see where this one is going.

With temperatures expected to be below freezing and with snow making its way to Edmonton throughout Tuesday, the official Canada Soccer account put out a new nickname for Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.

At press time, #Iceteca was the No. 1 trending topic in Canada.

Canadians reacted to the new Iceteca moniker:

“We’re Canadian, we’re built for this weather,” Canadian star Alphonso Davies said at Sunday’s training. “I don’t know what to say about the Mexicans… I hope they enjoy the snow, enjoy the weather.”

TV Azteca reporter Carlos Guerrero offered a report from a wintry Commonwealth Stadium on Tuesday morning.

Temperature is set for around -7° Celsius at kickoff, though it could feel as cold as -15°.

Mexican Media member Heliodoro Hinojosa Rodríguez said that the Mexican team would be playing “in a freezer”.

Canada is looking to build off a 1-0 win in Edmonton against Costa Rica on Friday, while Mexico is coming off a 2-0 loss to the USA.

Canada sits third in the eight-team CONCACAF final qualifying round standings, while Mexico sits second.

The match is set to kickoff at 7:05 pm Mountain Time. (6 pm PT/ 9 pm ET), and can be viewed on Sportsnet, OneSoccer, and RDS.

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