Canada were left somewhat frustrated Thursday evening, battling Honduras to a 1-1 draw at Toronto's BMO Field as they chase a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Alexander López (40th minute) netted a penalty kick for the visitors, before Cyle Larin (65th minute) deposited a spot-kick of his own to split the points.
Here's how John Herdman's squad fared as their Concacaf Octagonal bid got underway, having reached this stage for the first time since 1997 after navigating the prior two rounds.
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Borjan’s save in the 74th minute kept the scoreline at 1-1, diving to his left to get fingertips on a Honduras header and push it onto the post. He couldn’t be faulted on Alexander Lopez’s goal from the spot and made every key intervention that Canada needed, even riling up the crowd at times.
Aside from one slip-up in the first half that nearly deflected in for a Honduras opener, the CF Montréal center back had a decent showing. He was strong in his 1-v-1 duels and pinged passes forward when Honduras held the lead, then was withdrawn in the 86th minute.
An altogether quiet evening from Vitoria, who was dangerous when getting forward on set pieces. He did nothing to harm his future prospects for a place in Canada's starting XI as their center-back corps gets sorted.
The 38-year-old Canadian legend was a metronome in the center of the park, and nearly found a goal in the 61st minute that Honduras narrowly blocked out for a corner kick. Nothing special from Les Rouges’ captain, just a reliable performance all around.
Eustáquio had a fantastic Gold Cup and continued his solid form in Canada's engine room. Can he add a bit more going forward? He's shown he can do it – and will need to as they try to navigate the Octagonal.
Back in the squad after missing the Gold Cup through injury, Davies had everything but the end product. The Vancouver Whitecaps FC academy product was a menace down the left, as you’d expect from who’s arguably Concacaf’s top player. But the decisive moment proved lacking.
The reigning Ligue 1 champion wasn't passive – that'd be an unfair characterization — but his shooting boots were a bit loose, leading to a few miscalculations around Los Catrachos' goal.
Larin gets decent marks for netting the equalizer, striking his PK straight up the middle and past Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez. The former MLS SuperDraft No. 1 pick and Orlando City star also impressed when dropping deep in possession, though it feels like he has another level or two to reach.
Canada had incredible momentum heading into this one and couldn't obtain three points at home to start their first final round trip of World Cup qualifying since 1997. It's not a horrible result, but Herdman's shoulders responsibility – especially with impending debate about his switch to a 4-4-2 formation.
Hoilett drew the PK that allowed Canada to equalize. Otherwise, the Reading forward wasn't quite as active and buzzing as you'd expect.
The left-footed defender was solid in his late cameo. Will Herdman deploy him more during the three-match window?