BMO Field could be part of historic CanMNT history against Jamaica

CanMNT left-back Samuel Adekugbe training for the game at BMO Field
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PREVIEW – BMO Field and Toronto will get the privilege of history possibly being made. The only Canadian city that Canada clinched a World Cup spot was on September 14, 1985, against Honduras in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador at King George V Park.

CanMNT looks to take advantage of historic occasion at BMO Field

CanMNT

The CanMNT has a chance to make history at BMO Field. While a draw would be enough to qualify, a win would help Canada get first in the Octagon. There will be a feeling though of a missed opportunity to go unbeaten in World Cup qualifying. This is what CanMNT head coach, John Herdman said about the loss to Costa Rica according to OneSoccer:

“It’s a tough loss tonight you know we would love to have put this team in Qatar but we’ll save it we’ll save it for when we get back to our hometown and our own country.”

Canada did not start the game well against Costa Rica. However, it looked like things were going their way until Mark-Anthony Kaye got the red card. After the red card, Costa Rica was the better team for the rest of the first half. As a result, Costa Rica was able to get their game-winning goal.

The CanMNT, to their credit, really pressed in the second half. A few times, the shots hit the crossbar. There was also a terrific block made by a Costa Rican defender on Thursday, which prevented a possible goal for Canada. Yes, it is unfortunate that Canada lost in Costa Rica, but they are still in a good position to finish first in the Octagon.

Jamaica

Before March began, everyone knew that the Jamaicans would not make the FIFA World Cup. They also only have one win in the entire Octagonal World Cup qualifying.

In their last game, they played to a 1-1 draw against El Salvador. It was not a result Jamaica may have wanted at home. They did however bounce back from being down as Andre Gray got a goal in the 72-minute. However, Jamaican head coach, Paul Hall, was impressed with his team as they had the better chances to score according to Bradley Jacks of Sports Max:

“Performance. That’s what we’re looking for. That’s all I ask the players for. I don’t ask for a win, I don’t ask them for a draw, all I say is perform because results will look after themselves,” he said.

Hall would also say Jamaica is “physically stronger than everybody else,” and “run faster than everybody else.” However, it is clear that Jamaica is on the right track as they prepare for future Concacaf competitions.

CanMNT vs. Costa Rica Predictions

Prediction: CanMNT wins 2-0 over Jamaica

Sunday, March. 27, 2022, will be the day Canada qualifies for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Yes, Jamaica is a very physical team, but they will now travel to Toronto and try to get a result in a hostile environment against one of the better teams in Concacaf.

Photo Credit: Canada Soccer on March 27, 2022.