World News – CA – Canada draws rival Americans at Gold Cup in 2021 complicated and crowded


Canada secured a marquee match at the 2021 Gold Cup when drawn against the US

The two North American football rivals will be joined in Group B by Martinique and a preliminary round qualification for the North and Central America and Caribbean Championship

For Canadian coach John Herdman and his counterparts, this is just another piece of a 2021 puzzle cluttered and complicated by a pandemic that also includes the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers and the start of qualifying for the Cup in the world 2022

« We’re going to have to juggle the squad a bit, » US coach Gregg Berhalter, who is also due to make the CONCACAF Nations League finals, said euphemistically

« Part of the uncertainty is what we have to do in our day to day life. Nothing is more certain, » he added

The Gold Cup will feature 16 teams, including 2022 World Cup host Qatar, as guest It is scheduled to take place from July 10 to August 1 in 2021 with venues to be announced

As FIFA demands club teams release players for the Gold Cup starting June 28, Herdman grapples with a schedule where Canada could play two World Cup qualifiers in March and four in June

Since the Canadian men haven’t played since January, he’ll also want to reunite his squad ahead of time.With club seasons already stranded due to the pandemic, he’ll have to prioritize whoever he wants when – especially when it comes to star players like Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich) and Jonathan David (Lille), based in Europe

« The reality for Canada is that the primary responsibility is to qualify for a World Cup in 2022, » Herdman said. « This is our main focus The June window, we will probably have to choose which players will be in June and which players will participate in the Gold Cup It’s a reality for us

« The clubs, while working with national bodies, also have a pre-season to prepare for And pre-season games that will be talked about in July and August »

He called 2021 the « busiest time » in Canadian soccer history On the bright side, he said Canada had developed depth in their squad – helped by the Canadian Premier League

Berhalter also called the congestion in the 2021 schedule an « opportunity for players to show that they belong, that they should be in the first team, so to speak. »

Canada, 73rd in the world by FIFA compared to No. 23 for the Americans, beat the US 2-0 last October in the CONCACAF Nations League Victory at BMO Field in Toronto ended a 34-year-old winless race and 17 games for the Canadians against their North American rivals

« This game means a lot to our players It will be the game I’m sure all players will want to play, » Herdman said « You can’t hide this rivalry It kind of kindled in October and November last « 

Canada are 2-1-2 against Martinique, which is unranked because it is not a FIFA member The Canadians shut out Martinique 4-0 at the 2019 Gold Cup

The qualifier that will complete group B will be one of No 86 Haiti, No 162 Barbados, No 167 rue Vincent & les Grenadines or No 168 Bermudes

Haiti ousted Canada in the 2019 Gold Cup quarter-finals, after a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2

CONCACAF sets up a preliminary round of 12 teams vying for the last three places in the group stage of 16 countries The preliminary round replaces the qualifiers for the Road to Gold Cup, which were to be played this year in the windows of FIFA match in March and June, stopped by the pandemic

Canada had already reserved its place in the group stage thanks to its performance in the CONCACAF Nations League

Group A includes Mexico, El Salvador, Curaçao and a preliminary round winner Group C consists of Costa Rica, Jamaica, Suriname and a preliminary round winner while group D includes the Honduras, Panama, Grenada and Qatar

Mexico, ranked eleventh, US, No 46 Costa Rica and No 62 Honduras were pre-seeded in groups A through D, respectively

CONCACAF called it the tournament’s first draw.Previous editions had seen the governing body decide on the composition of the groups

The draw was conducted by Carlos Fernandez, CONCACAF Director of Competitions, former Granada international Jason Roberts, now CONCACAF Development Director, and former Honduran international Wilson Palacios

The new preliminary round of the 2021 tournament will be played as a knockout, July 2-6 at a centralized location in the US

The first round will see Haiti against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Guatemala against Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago against Montserrat, Cuba against French Guyana, Guadeloupe against the Bahamas and Bermuda against Barbados

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The six winners will then play another knockout round The three survivors will join Qatar to complete the final peloton of the tournament of 16

Currently ranked 55th in the world, Qatar will be the second Asian Football Confederation team to participate as a guest in the Gold Cup South Korea participated in 2000, when Canada won the event, and in 2002

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World News – CA – Canada drew against rival Americans at Gold Cup in complicated, crowded 2021



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