B.C. Place Sta­dium to host Canada’s cru­cial World Cup qual­ifi-er against Mex­ico

Asian Journal - - British Columbia - The Cana­dian Press

Van­cou­ver: The Cana­dian men’s na­tional team is re­turn­ing to Van­cou­ver for a cru­cial World Cup qual­i­fier. Canada Soc­cer an­nounced Thurs­day that the coun­try’s home game against Mex­ico on March 25 will be played at B.C. Place Sta­dium. Ranked 88th in the world by FIFA, Canada opened the penul­ti­mate round of CONCACAF qual­i­fy­ing for the 2018 tour­na­ment in Rus­sia with a 1-0 vic­tory over Hon­duras in front of 20,108 fans at a rau­cous B.C. Place on Nov. 13 be­fore earn­ing a score­less tie in El Salvador four days later. Cana­dian head coach Ben­ito Floro hinted the team would re­turn to Van­cou­ver mo­ments af­ter the Hon­duras match, while the play­ers raved about the at­mos­phere. “The crowd was fan­tas­tic,’’ mid­fielder Will John­son said at the time. ``The fans were un­be­liev­able. It was a real treat to come in and see a lot of red every­where.’’ No. 22 Mex­ico sits atop Group A with six points, fol­lowed by Canada with four points, No. 99 El Salvador (one point) and No. 101 Hon­duras (no points). Canada plays Mex­ico home and away in March be­fore vis­it­ing Hon­duras and host­ing El Salvador in Septem­ber. The 12 coun­tries cur­rently left stand­ing in the re­gion that cov­ers North and Cen-tral Amer­ica and the Caribbean have been di­vided into three groups. The two best teams in each round-robin pool ad­vance to the fi­nal round of qual­i­fy­ing, with the top three get­ting World Cup places. The fourth will take on an Asian coun­try in a two-game play­off.

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