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Canada internet hosting Costa Rica, Mexico for November World Cup qualifiers in Edmonton


Canada Soccer will welcome Costa Rica and Mexico to Edmonton in November for World Cup qualifying video games, hoping chilly climate and synthetic turf at Commonwealth Stadium will make the CONCACAF guests uncomfortable.

The 51st-ranked Canadian males host No. 44 Costa Rica on Nov. 12 and No. 9 Mexico on Nov. 16.

“We might have made issues rather a lot simpler and performed in possibly totally different environments however we needed to make it tough for the opponent,” stated Canada coach John Herdman. “We needed to make them journey throughout time zones, play in a Canadian winter and on a floor that they will not be pleased with.

“We get an opportunity to play two matches at residence in an setting we are able to management and get our gamers acclimatized to and able to create a fortress out west. I am excited for that side.”

Canada’s first two residence video games of the ultimate spherical of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, towards Honduras and El Salvador in September, have been performed in Toronto with BMO Subject additionally set to host Panama on Oct. 13.

Herdman additionally famous that Edmonton is within the working to host video games on the 2026 World Cup. And town has proven its help for the nationwide workforce, with 53,058 taking within the opening recreation of the 2015 Ladies’s World Cup — a 1-0 Canada victory over China due to Christine Sinclair’s 92nd minute penalty at Commonwealth Stadium.

“It was a sea of crimson in that recreation,” stated Herdman, who was coach of the Canadian ladies then.

Plus, taking part in in Edmonton brings Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies an opportunity to shine at residence.

“That child’s executed a lot for this nation, whether or not it is his speech that lit up the world (on the FIFA Congress) in serving to (Canada, the U.S. and Mexico) land (the) 2026 (World Cup) to what he is achieved on a world stage — and to permit him come residence and be appreciated by the individuals who’ve watched him from afar,” stated Herdman.

“I feel it is only a nice little storyline.”

A Canada Soccer spokesman stated Commonwealth Stadium might be accessible at full capability for the November matches.

The Canadian males haven’t performed in Edmonton since Could 2013 after they beat Costa Rica 1-0. Canada tied Mexico 2-2 there in October 2008.

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