Canada can practically taste the celebratory champagne, moving even closer to FIFA World Cup qualification for the first time in 34 years after a convincing 2-0 home win over the United States at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario on Sunday.
Les Rouges are the lone undefeated team in the Octagonal stage of qualification and can all but book a Qatar 2022 ticket with a positive result against an El Salvador side that bounced back from a loss at the United States to earn a 2-0 road win over Honduras on Sunday.
While Canada are four points clear of the United States and Mexico in the table, El Salvador sit sixth and with considerable ground to make up to catch fourth-place Panama. Canada also previously rolled to a 3-0 home victory over El Salvador on Matchday 3.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Wednesday's road trip for Canada.
- Wednesday, Feb. 2 | 9:00 pm ET
- Estadio Cuscatlán | San Salvador, El Salvador
How to watch and stream
- OneSoccer, Paramount+
El Salvador rebounded from a 1-0 loss to the United States to eliminate Honduras from World Cup contention, 2-0, in San Pedro Sula on Sunday, snapping a five-watch winless run in the Octagonal.
Nelson Bonilla opened the scoring on 35 minutes and Houston Dynamo FC midfielder Darwin Ceren closed it out with a stoppage-time insurance goal for La Selecta's second victory of the final round of qualification.
Hugo Perez's team faces long odds to reach Qatar 2022, but the dream is still faintly alive.
Canada are absolutely buzzing right now after a 2-0 defeat of the United States in frigid Hamilton that left little doubt that Les Rouges are currently Concacaf's top team. And they did it without the influential duo of left back/attacker Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) and midfielder Stephen Eustáquio (Porto).
Cyle Larin became the CanMNT's all-time leading scorer with a seventh-minute goal, his leading fifth of the Octagonal stage. Milan Borjan produced a sensational save to deny Weston McKennie just before halftime and former Vancouver Whitecaps FC homegrown left back Sam Adekugbe closed out a Man of the Match performance with a stoppage-time goal to put the celebration at Tim Hortons Field into third gear.
The win moved Canada four points clear of both the United States and Canada and five points ahead of fourth-place Panama with four matches remaining.
Now, they'll hope for another three points in Central America after opening this winter window with a 2-0 win at Honduras.