After an ideal qualifying window with a trio of 2-0 video games, Canada sits on the precipice of its first World Cup berth since 1986.
With three matches remaining, Canada stays atop the CONCACAF Octagon, 4 factors away from each Mexico and america. Nevertheless it’s the buffer between them and fourth place that’s most vital. The highest three groups within the CONCACAF desk get computerized berths to Qatar 2022, with the fourth-place group being compelled to accept a do-or-die intercontinental playoff towards a group from Oceania for one of many closing World Cup spots.
(An apart: the Oceania Soccer Confederation’s qualification event works otherwise than most others as a result of its small measurement. The OFC will not be awarded an computerized berth, so the intercontinental playoff is the one alternative for its groups to qualify for Qatar. The subsequent window will decide the Oceania consultant within the playoff. Eight remaining groups have been cut up into two teams and can play three round-robin video games. The winner of Group A will meet the runner-up in Group B and the Group B winner takes on the Group A runner-up in the identical closing stage. The 2 groups that emerge will face off on Mar. 30 for high spot. All of those matches will probably be performed in Qatar. Group A options the Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu and the Prepare dinner Islands. Group B is comprised of New Zealand, the heavy favorite, New Caledonia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.)
At the moment, Panama is in fourth, sitting on 17 factors, 4 again of the USMNT and El Tri for an computerized spot and eight behind the CanMNT. With solely 9 factors left for the taking, Canada’s qualification is nearly assured, however there are a few situations during which Canada could possibly be compelled into the intercontinental playoff. Ought to Canada lose out towards Costa Rica, Jamaica and Panama and Panama defeats Honduras, the USMNT and Canada, Panama would end one level forward. Ought to Canada get a single level of their matches towards Costa Rica and Jamaica and Panama wins out and in addition makes up a 13-goal distinction towards Canada within the course of, Panama would end forward on purpose differential. These situations are potential, however unlikely.
What this all means, then, is that Canada can put the ending touches on a World Cup berth as quickly as Matchday 1 of the following qualifying window on March 24 by accruing two factors via:
1. Beating Costa Rica outright
2. A Panama loss or draw towards Honduras
Canadians have already waited 36 years for this second. The wait is nearly over.