The Road to Russia 2018
Canada are amongst the 11 remaining CONCACAF nations still in the hunt for a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The CONCACAF nations are split into three groups for the continent’s 2015-2016 semi-final stage. The top-two nations in each group will advance to the final round in 2017, from which three nations qualify for Russia 2018 and the fourth team advances to an intercontinental playoff against a team from Asia.
The final CONCACAF round is better known as the “Hex,” with each of six nations playing 10 matches in 2016-2017 (one at home and one away against each opponent).
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is the biggest single-sport event in the world. From 211 member associations from around the world, 32 finalists will qualify for the 32-day event that is played in 11 cities from 14 June to 15 July 2018.
In Group A, Canada, El Salvador, and Honduras are fighting for second place, with Mexico the only nation already qualified after four straight wins in November and March. Only Canada will avoid Mexico in the final two matches, with El Salvador hosting Mexico on Friday 2 September and then Honduras traveling to Mexico for Tuesday 6 September.
Honduras (four points, +4 goals difference) will host Canada (four points, -1 goals) on the Friday night, while Canada will host El Salvador (two points, -5 goals) on the Tuesday night at BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1. Mexico 12 points
2. Honduras 4 points / -1 goals
3. Canada 4 points / -4 goals
4. El Salvador 2 points / -5 goals
In Group B, all four nations can still advance, although Haiti must win both of their matches against Costa Rica and Jamaica to sneak into the final round. Group leaders Costa Rica (10 points, +5 goals difference) will play away against Haiti and then at home against Panama. Second-place Panama (seven points, +4 goals difference) start at home against Jamaica, then play away against Costa Rica.
Like Haiti, Jamaica also need to make up ground in the final two matches. Sitting in third place (four points, -4 goals), Jamaica can make up ground on the road against Panama before closing out their series at home against last-place Haiti.
1. Costa Rica 10 points / + 5 goals
2. Panama 7 points / +2 goals
3. Jamaica 4 points / -4 goals
4. Haiti 1 point / -3 goals
In Group C, only three nations can still advance after St. Vincent and the Grenadines were eliminated in March. Group leaders Trinidad and Tobago are closest to the Hex after accumulating 10 points in four matches. Trinidad and Tobago need only a draw at home on Friday night against Guatemala to book their spot into the final round.
In the final two matches, Trinidad and Tobago will play at home against Guatemala (six points, +1 goal difference) and away against USA (seven points, +7 goals). Both USA (away) and Guatemala (at home) will face St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the opposite dates.
1. Trinidad and Tobago 10 points / +8 goals
2. USA 7 points / +7 goals
3. Guatemala 6 points / +1 goals
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) August 29, 2016
SUPPORT #CANADARED, BE CANADA’S 12th MAN
After an away match in Honduras on 2 September, Canada will return home to face El Salvador in a critical match on 6 September at BC Place in Vancouver. Canada will need the support of the 12th man at home to help build a sea of #CanadaRED supporters, tickets to the match start as low as $25 (plus applicable fees). In addition, a special ‘Me+3’ offer will be available for this match. When purchasing three full price tickets in select sections, fans will receive the fourth one free. This offer is available via Ticketmaster.ca by selecting the ‘Me+3’ offer.
Group discounts are available with groups of 10 or more eligible to receive discounts of up to 30% off regularly priced sections. To request group tickets, complete the group order form indicating the price point and quantity of tickets you are wishing to purchase. Please note that group tickets will be processed on a first come, first served basis. For complete information visit the group ticket section on CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets
BC Place Club Seats offer fans a premium match day experience featuring exclusive entrances, in-seat service, larger comfortable seats, exclusive club lounges with a full-service private bar and heightened food offerings, all from some of the best views in the venue. Fans purchasing club seats will receive a complimentary Canada Soccer scarf (a retail value of $30) upon arrival to their seats on match day.
Canadian Supporters have been allocated a number of dedicated sections in the southwest end of BC Place. Fans wishing to sit in the Canadian supporter sections are encouraged to visit the Voyageurs website for more information and to purchase tickets through thevoyageurs.org. Please note that persistent standing will be permitted in these sections.
Visiting supporters will be located in the northeast corner of BC Place. Fans wishing to sit in these sections should select “El Salvador supporters” from the drop-down menu on the Ticketmaster event page.
Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.
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