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USMNT concedes early, drops qualifier in Canada

The United States lost a crucial World Cup qualifier to Canada with a 2-0 loss on Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario. (Author: Gardener)

CanadaS. Men's national team in the 2-0 loss to Canada. S. Men's national team in the 2-0 loss to Canada. Gomez: USMNT had no sense of urgency in loss to Canada (1:48) Gomez: USMNT had no sense of urgency in loss to Canada (1:48) Cyle Larin scored the winner in the seventh minute and Milan Borjan made three Save as Canada defeated the United States 2-0 in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier for first place on Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario. - ESPN+ Viewer's Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more - 2022 World Cup Qualifiers: How it works around the world (2-2, 17 pts) can see the Americans with a win later on Sunday against visiting Costa Rica overtake. The top three teams in the region automatically qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November. Canada has not played since 1986. S. failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and remains in a dangerous position as Panama, four points adrift of their home game against fourth-placed CONCACAF team from the Oceanian Confederation, awaits a place at the World Cup. Larin scored the breakthrough, his fifth goal of the qualifying round, and Samuel Adekugbe scored in the fifth minute of second-half added time as the Americans pressed for an equaliser. Canada took the lead as a US goal kick quickly turned into a counterattack with Larin and Jonathan David giving and going, with Larin firing a shot past goalkeeper Matt Turner. Only a great save by Borjan in the 43rd minute prevented the U. The Americans didn't have much work to do in the first half, but Weston McKennie was in the box for a strong header when Christian Pulisic cornered the ball. Turner kept it in the 70th minute in a one-goal game with back-to-back saves against David and Larin's rebound attempt. In the 88th minute, the American Paul Arriola sent an overhead kick just wide of the goal. The Americans next meet Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota, while Canada play in El Salvador.

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USMNT vs Canada odds, tips how to watch, live stream

Football insider Martin Green has made his best bets for Sunday's World Cup qualifier between Canada and the United States (Author: Gardener)

CanadaThe top two teams in the Concacaf World Cup qualifying table will go head-to-head on Sunday when the United States men's national team takes on Canada. Canada are yet to lose in qualifying, winning five games and drawing four. The Canadians top the Concacaf World Cup qualifying standings with 19 points, while Team USA sit in second place with 18 points. Caesars Sportsbook lists Team USA as a +155 favorite (risk $100 to win $155) on the 90-minute moneyline in its latest edition USMNT vs. A tie is rated +160 and the over-under for the Total number of goals scored is set at 2.5. This rivalry will stream live on Paramount+ with their must-have premium plan. Paramount+ now has membership tiers so you can see Worlds Qualification and more. The premium plan costs $9.99 per month and lets you watch your local CBS live stream (including many sports like SEC on CBS, NFL on CBS, and the PGA Tour), no ads, on-demand, and the ability to buy episodes for the Download Offline Viewer. Before you tune in to Sunday's World Cup qualifiers, you need to watch football insider Martin Green's Concacaf World Cup qualifier pick. After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sportswriter and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Green has generated over $37,000 on $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season and has his finger on the pulse of the game around the world. USMNT, Green bets both teams to score at -110 odds. These were the two most efficient offenses in Concacaf during qualifying. Canada have scored 15 times in nine games while Team USA have scored 13 goals in the same period. Canada go into Sunday's game full of confidence, having scored ten goals in their last four home games. Meanwhile, Team USA have scored six goals in their last three games against Canada. And while the USA have conceded just one goal in their last three qualifiers, Green believes Canada have the players to break through the Americans' line of defense. "The United States had an excellent defensive record last year, but Canada are very dangerous up front and should find the back of the net in this game," Green told SportsLine. Now that you know what to select, get ready to watch the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers. Visit Paramount+ now to catch World Cup qualifiers, your local CBS sporting events live, some of the world's top soccer games and more.

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Christian Pulisic and Gyasis Zardes battle as US lacks creativity

It wasn't pretty in the USA's attack in a 2-0 loss (Author: Gardener)

Christian PulisicPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. The United States men's national team lost 2-0 to Canada in Sunday's World Cup qualifiers. It was a disappointing result for the USMNT as Cyle Larin and Sam Adekugbe found the net for the Canadians who took advantage of the U's mistakes. The result still leaves the USA in a favorable position in terms of qualifying for Qatar 2022, but that could change if they fail to win against Honduras on Wednesday. Below are player ratings from Sunday's loss for Gregg Berhalter's team. How did they fare? A great double save from David and Larin canceled out a goal kick that gave Canada the opener. The cold weather also caused problems with his distribution as he hasn't had much to do but you expect more from him at this stage. One of the best defensive performances I've seen from Dest in a United States jersey. He went off after twisting his ankle, but Gregg Berhalter had already used all five substitutions, leaving the United States with 10 men for the final six minutes plus injury time. Had some good moments like clearing Richie Lareya's shot but also got put out of position a couple of times. An uncharacteristically shaky performance from Robinson. He had a game high of 12 recoveries but was also slipped by Canada on both goals. This was a match to miss Walker Zimmerman. Another good defensive effort but Robinson's crosses couldn't find anyone in the box. Second on the team with eight recoveries at the time of his retirement, Adams was as reliable as ever. Berhalter will hope Adams is available for the next game against Honduras as that side needs him to function. It felt like Musah was missing something today. He created two chances but needs to fight better with tackles if he wants to stay in midfield. McKennie was everywhere, completing seven attacks and forcing Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan to make the best save while also creating a few chances. With Pulisic struggling, McKennie is developing into a great all-rounder for the team, even troubling Canada with his long throws. He created some good dribbling chances, but Aaronson seemed uncomfortable with his inability to slice inside in close quarters. Was ok release in the air but Zardes couldn't get a place on the Canada center-back pairing. It's not his fault he only had 29 touches during the game, but it didn't help either. It was a tale of two Pulisic as he created three team-high chances but was also ineffective in the final third. Another frustrating day for Pulisic as his form begins to worry the national team. Not much has changed since he was substituted on. Had a chance towards the end where he could have caused trouble with shots but opted for the pass instead. A decent shift for Adams, but not much to write home about. Great in his minutes of relief and it's clear why some then called Pepi at half-time. Brought fresh legs and a good delivery to spell Dest but had nobody at the end of his flanks. Had a wheel chance that almost found the net which is more than most of the squad had to offer. How did the manager do it? Gave up his changes too late and got a bad hand as Walker Zimmerman was held off with a hamstring problem. Should have gotten the team to play more direct sooner when it was clear they couldn't complete passes on a cold pitch but decided against it. How did they fare? He played smart, his passing from the back was sharp, and he was on. As attentive as you can be. Always ready down the right flank, especially to chase his runners and clear the ball before a possible shot, but struggled with balls from the opposite flank. Won 75% of his tackles, 87.5% of his tackles, and 75% of his header games. Yellow carded for a tackle on Pulisic from behind after 30 minutes but was right to stop a potentially dangerous counterattack. Didn't hurt his team though. A strength in the back. Great in the air, also did a good job offering support defending Pulisic from the wing. Got three clearances and used that big frame to dominate. The winger couldn't make the impact he wanted and failed to get a shot on goal. He was often flagged for getting into the middle and seemed to do well when others were played through. Not his best effort. Really good defensively in the middle. He might not have been the best tackler, but his pressure put USA in uncomfortable positions. Just fantastic use and rush to backtrack and help central defence. He also scored his first international goal with a fine goal late. A game he will remember. He had both shots on target and his first landed in the back net with a great placement. It was the winning goal and a great combination. What an effect. Great combo with Larin on the opener, with just one touch to play it through with precision. He would have liked to have been more dangerous. His passing was sloppy, his creativity was non-existent and he didn't pick up a shot. However, it didn't really matter when others showed up. Didn't make much of an impact off the bench apart from clearing the ball twice. Brought some precision to the team's passing game and created a chance in 17 minutes. A waste of time only recorded six touches. A near-perfect game plan. They were fine conceding possession as they knew they could counterattack and scored two goals from that. With the national team on the verge of becoming a coaching legend. Beat USA without their best player in Alphonso Davies. Rams' Cooper Kupp broke that 25-year Michael Irvin record with a big night against Jimmy Garoppolo admits his time with the 49ers could be over after losing the NFC Championship: 'It was emotional'

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Has Jesus Ferreira drawn level with Ricardo Pepi in Gregg Berhalter's USMNT task force?

HAMILTON, Ontario – The US men's national team has a lot to offer with FC Dallas. (Author: Gardener)

FerreiraPepi, the 2021 MLS Young Player of the Year before securing a club deal with German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg, has started six of the United States' last seven games in this window. Pepi, the 2021 MLS Young Player of the Year before securing a club deal with German Bundesliga side FC Augsburg, has started six of the United States' last seven games in this window. But Ferreira received the surprise nod in Thursday's 1-0 win over El Salvador, bringing his less orthodox, 'false 9'-esque interpretation of the position to his first career start in World Cup qualifying. But Ferreira received the surprise nod in Thursday's 1-0 win over El Salvador, bringing his less orthodox, 'false 9'-esque interpretation of the position to his first career start in World Cup qualifying. That would be Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi, and while the dependable Gyasi Zardes remains a viable option at the helm, most talk of the No. 9 role in the USMNT's last two media availability has revolved around the Texas duo. That would be Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi, and while the dependable Gyasi Zardes remains a viable option at the helm, most talk of the No. 9 role in the USMNT's last two media availability has revolved around the Texas duo. Now Gregg Berhalter weighs two of Dallas' homegrown products as he decides who will lead his attack during two massive Concacaf Octagonal qualifiers over the next four days, beginning with Canada here at icy Tim Horton's Field on Sunday afternoon (3:05 p.m ). ET | TV and streaming info). Now Gregg Berhalter weighs two of Dallas' homegrown products as he decides who will lead his attack during two massive Concacaf Octagonal qualifiers over the next four days, beginning with Canada here at icy Tim Horton's Field on Sunday afternoon (3:05 p.m ). ET | TV and streaming info). The Yanks have made a habit of calling current and former players at the club for a number of years. The Yanks have made a habit of calling current and former players at the club for a number of years. They've spent most of the last year or two in a 4-3-3 formation quite similar to FCD under Luchi Gonzalez - and it's no coincidence that the two teams effectively swapped coaches a few months ago , with former USMNT assistant Nico Estevez taking over Gonzalez' old job in Frisco and vice versa. They've spent most of the last year or two in a 4-3-3 formation quite similar to FCD under Luchi Gonzalez - and it's no coincidence that the two teams effectively swapped coaches a few months ago , with former USMNT assistant Nico Estevez taking over Gonzalez' old job in Frisco and vice versa. To some of us, that last sentence brings to mind the worn, morbid old joke about asking Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary, how the play was, aside from that part. To some of us, that last sentence brings to mind the worn, morbid old joke about asking Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary, how the play was, aside from that part. Based on this mindset, strikers' first and foremost job is to close chances and periods, and their inability to do so makes all other things largely moot. Based on this mindset, strikers' first and foremost job is to close chances and periods, and their inability to do so makes all other things largely moot. "Cheetah" was one of three players he praised by name in his opening remarks at the post-game press conference, saying, "I liked the input from Jesus Ferreira, who set up a number of plays and also had some opportunities for himself," later adding, "Although we may try to judge the No. 9 solely on his goal-scoring performance, I still think he put in a solid performance." "Cheetah" was one of three players he referred to in his opening statement at the post-match press conference by name, saying: "I liked the contribution of Jesus Ferreira, who set up a number of plays and also had some chances for himself," adding later: "Although we might try to pick the No. 9 judging solely on their goal-scoring performance, I still think he put in a solid performance.” One appreciated his movement, his pushing, altruistic combinations around teammates defeating - like the endorsement he gave to Antonee "Jedi" Robinson's victor - and his overall performances, which earned him solid marks from many data-centric analysts and websites. One appreciated his movement, his pushing, altruistic combinations to beat teammates - like the endorsement he bestowed on Antonee "Jedi" Robinson's victor - and his overall performances, which earned him solid marks from many data-centric analysts and websites. The other just couldn't see much more than the two chances deep inside La Selecta's penalty area that he failed to convert in the first half. The other just couldn't see much more than the two chances deep inside La Selecta's penalty area that he failed to convert in the first half. Again, the sample size for Jesus with the senior team is very small, so time will tell." Again, the sample size for Jesus with the senior team is very small, so time will tell." the sample size is too small,” the coach said. "His conclusion, the sample size is too small," said the coach. “Jesus is a very talented player. “Jesus is a very talented player. He set up the goal, he set up a number of other chances and he had chances for himself. And I think that's all you ask of a striker is to be able to deliver and create chances and have chances for yourself in every game. And I think that's all you ask of a striker is to be able to deliver and create chances and have chances for yourself in every game. But USMNT's current system does require these other things from its #9, and some of these are fundamental to the fate of other members of the attack and the forest itself. But USMNT's current system does require these other things from its #9 , and some of these are fundamental to the fate of other members of the Assault and the Forest itself. Also, Berhalter is a rational guy, a data junkie, and a tireless thinker—some would say an overthinker—who can be expected to be on the lookout looking deeper for a more permanent and sustainable meaning. Also, Berhalter is a rational guy, a data junkie, and a tireless thinker—some would say an overthinker—who can be expected to look deeper in search of more enduring and enduring meaning. Ferreira has recorded decent numbers in his brief USMNT career, recording two goals and four assists in six internationals, although much of that has been compiled in friendlies. When asked why Pepi didn't see the field against El Salvador, Berhalter sounded like a brake on the hype train. Readers interested in guessing who might start these next two games can read their own tea leaves here. "I had a conversation with Ricardo and it was really candid," he said. "You are 18 years old. And now we just have to be patient. You've had a lot to do with your move to Augsburg in the last few months, a lot to do with the games. It's just about being patient. “As with any player, do we talk about what we are looking for? And then we select the player that best suits him. And in this particular case, we felt that Jesus was a better fit. That doesn't mean Ricardo isn't a great player. That means we simply chose Jesus in this particular game.”

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Winners, grades, reactions and highlights from January 26th

The deepening rivalry between Orange Cassidy and Adam Cole (BAY BAY!) came to a head on TBS Wednesday night in a Lights Out Match, the main event of a special Beach Break edition of AEW Dynamite... (Author: Gardener)

January 26thThe growing rivalry between Orange Cassidy and Adam Cole (BAY BAY!) came to a head on TBS Wednesday night in a Lights Out match, the main event of a special Beach Break edition of AEW Dynamite. The highly anticipated Main Event was joined by a ladder match to determine the undisputed TNT champion between Cody Rhodes and Sammy Guevara, a special trio match and the latest rivalries with top stars CM Punk and Dr. Britt Baker DMD. What went on, how did it impact the talent involved and what surprises did AEW have up their sleeves for the event? Find out now with this recap of the January 26 broadcast. Trios Match: Chris Jericho, Santana and Ortiz vs: Cody Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara Sammy Guevara became interim TNT champion in the absence of rightful champion Cody Rhodes. On Wednesday, they battled it out for the undisputed defending champions in a ranked match, kicking off the show with a blockbuster competition. Rhodes capitalized on his size and strength advantage, dominating early and bringing the fight to the ground. Guevara stopped his momentum with a cutter on the ground, flattening The American Nightmare but also knocking him out of breath and injuring his lower back in the process. Moments later, back in the ring, Rhodes delivered an impressive superplex off the ladder, pulling a huge bang from the fans and leaving both men in a crumpled heap. Back from the break, Rhodes sent The Spanish God center first onto the steel bars of the ladder, then caught him in figure four through the rungs. Fired up by nasty chops to the chest, Guevara launched a brief comeback with a pair of clotheslines, but Rhodes dropped him to maintain control. In one of the worst moments in ladder match history, Guevara jumped to the top of a ladder and delivered a cutter that knocked Rhodes to the mat. With both wrestlers spread across two ladders, Rhodes Cross delivered Rhodes and left his opponent writhing in pain. He recovered, driven by despair, and joined Rhodes on a ladder. Best friend of both competitors, Fuego del Sol tried to talk sense into Rhodes but ate a Tiger Driver '98. Guevara obliterated Rhodes with a nosedive and then knocked him to the ground with GTH. From there he produced a mountainous ladder, draped Rhodes over another and proceeded to land a Swanton Bomb on his opponent. Both men battled it out on the ladder before Guevara blasted Rhodes with one of the belts, throwing him to the mat. Guevara eventually secured the titles, scoring the biggest win of his career. This was a phenomenal performance from Rhodes and Guevara. The TNT title was absolutely elevated by the brutality and chaos that ensued from the opening bell. Ladder matches are way over the top at this point, and there were one or two spots that definitely didn't need to happen to ensure the quality of it. The Cross Rhodes, with its full body rotation, left little room for error and could easily have ended in disaster. It didn't, however, and the right one walked over. What this means for Rhodes and how he reacts to the result (or tries to explain it away) will determine his further character. Wardlow returned to his hometown of Cleveland for a match with Elijah Dean and James Alexander expected of. Two powerbombs for each and a fifth for Alexander on Dean was all it took for Big Daddy War to secure the win. That he was particularly fired up about the crowd in his hometown made this one even better. Wardlow stopped Shawn Spears from stealing the spotlight from him with chair shots, continuing the narrative of the big man growing weary of the chairman and his employer , MJF.Trios Match: Chris Jericho, Santana and Ortiz vs. 2point0 and Daniel Garcia's rivalry between Chris Jericho and the trio of Daniel Garcia and 2point0 continued on Wednesday night, but it was the disagreement and dysfunction between Le Champion and Inner Circle teammates Santana and Ortiz. Excalibur commentary team Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross told the story of the growing frustration between Santana and Ortiz as they put aside their own championship aspirations in the name of Jericho's interests. After spending the match isolated from his team, Ortiz created separation and inch his way towards his corner. The longtime tag team partners launched the comeback, ignoring their faction leader as they crushed the opposition. Despite being dismayed by the events unfolding before him, Jericho drugged Jeff Parker and delivered the Judas Effect to Matt Lee, allowing Santana to score the pinfall victory. He scolded his teammates as he exited the arena. It feels like a huge waste of time to have Lee, Parker, and Garcia hustled on TV for as long as AEW, only to have them supporting in the slow-moving unraveling of Inner Circle. The paragraphs, despite the increase in TV time and attention, that were given to them in the last few months were thought of here as an afterthought. They were supporting actors as the story revolved around Jericho, Santana, Ortiz and the possibly waning days of The Inner Circle. They could not have gained more from victory than by neglecting their opponents' incompetence. The quality of the in-ring action and Jericho's facial expressions helped improve the segment but couldn't make up for the odd creativity. CM Punk stepped into the ring ready to fight, his fists taped an uncharacteristic black. He called MJF again and after a few slaps on his signature scarf and the city of Long Island, the loudmouth heel appeared. MJF clipped another scathing promo and eventually agreed to take on punk in Chicago next week. He then claimed that punk previously left and let fans down when he refused to perform in Cleveland in 2014. He said punk would lose in his hometown, then he'd go back and cry on a podcast. Punk called MJF a fan and exclaimed that the fans don't love him because he wins. Wanting to test this theory, MJF joined his Pinnacle teammates Wardlow, FTR and Shawn Spears in attacking Punk. MJF ordered Wardlow to bomb him into the chair. See you in Chicago!" said MJF as he wrapped up the segment sitting on his opponent's fallen body who hate each other. With that said, it's best that the match finally happens next week. The feud is over, there's nothing more really to say and that has been shown over the last few weeks If the program is to move beyond next week's show it needs the match and its outcome to move things forward when that happens he's going to be one of the hottest Goods of the branch explode into the stratosphere. As for Punk, a win over MJF would catapult him into contention for the world title and feuds with high-profile opponents Fans have longed to see him wrestle since his arrival in August. A w Eek after the frustration led to Leyla Hirsch attacked her friend Red Velvet, the two women fought in singles competition. Hirsch dominated the competition early and into the commercial break, just in time for Velvet to attempt a comeback. Velvet made it to the ropes and forced the break. Frustrated, Hirsch resorted to a rollup with a handful of tights to claim the win. After the match, she attempted to deal more damage, but Kris Statlander saved. In pre-recorded video, Malakai Black and Brody King issued an ominous warning to Pac and Death Triangle. Black ended by saying that, like death, The House of Black is inevitable. AEW has made a concerted effort to offer women's programs off the cover using its talented and extensive women's roster, and feuding with Hirsch and Statlander is a nice way to capitalize on that. The House of Blacks remains one of the show's most intriguing and thought-provoking elements. The ensuing feud with Death Triangle will result in intense matches, show-stealing fights, and some of the best stories in the business. dr Britt Baker DMD made her way to the ring to bask in her recent accomplishments, including three Pro Wrestling Illustrated Awards and two covers. She patted herself on the back for her many accomplishments and then berated Cleveland fans for their shortcomings against their Pittsburgh Steelers. He vowed to give them a Baker to cheer for, in a nod to Brown's quarterback Baker Mayfield. Then the promo segment just ended. The only thing keeping this from an 'F' note? It didn't introduce a new feud, didn't have a babyface to shut them up, and even featured Tony Schiavone laughing about it in the corner. It felt like a segment meant to give a shit on the Cleveland fans. Instead of overtaking other competitors, it created the biggest babyfaces out of the Browns and Mayfield. Baker isn't a Dynamite match that's going to happen any time soon, so why focus that energy on that? And why spend TV time on it? A strange section and miss from AEW and the good doctor. This week's main event featured the culmination of weeks of deepening hatred between Orange Cassidy and Adam Cole as they clashed in a rare Lights Out match. Cassidy smashed his own sunglasses as a symbol of the seriousness of the match and took the fight to Cole. As things hit the ground running, indie wrestler and social media icon Danhausen showed up, earning a huge ovation from fans. Cassidy gained control of the fight until Cole slammed him into the steel steps and then aimed for his hand, hoping to take the Orange Punch from his arsenal. Cole dominated the commercial, but the use of a fire extinguisher sparked Cassidy's comeback. Cole attempted a brainbuster into two steel chairs, but Cassidy countered with Stundog Millionaire and then drove Cole through the tables with a Michinoku Driver for two. The Young Bucks rocked Taylor and joined Cole for a triple superkick. Trent and Rocky Romero pulled Matt and Nick Jackson to the ground, allowing Cassidy to deliver the beach break for two. Fired up, Cassidy delivered the orange punch and further injured his hand. Cole attempted a low blow but Cassidy revealed a steel pinned cup and delivered Panama Sunrise for a dramatic two. He wrapped a steel chain around his fist for an orange punch, but Cole jumped to the ground. The fight spread backstage, where Cole drove his opponent through a table and monitor with a Death Valley Driver, but was only able to get a two-count. Back in the arena, Cole rocked his opponent with a super kick, then prepared to boom. Cassidy caught him with a superkick, reapplied the chain but ran straight into a stage light. Cole scaled a traverse but lost track of his opponent, who had followed him and executed a perfectly timed low blow. He hugged Cole and propelled him across the stage from that height to claim victory. While it wasn't the violence fans have come to expect from the Lights Out matches, it was still a fun brawl that put an exclamation mark on the rivalry between The Superkliq/Red Dragon and Best Friends. So, and this may be a completely ridiculous concept, why even write a story that has to end with Cassidy beating Cole if you don't want the latter to lose according to the company's ranking system? Maybe it's particularly picky after such a fun main event, but it seemed a bit cocky to book something that wasn't strictly necessary or even desirable based on usage of the condition. Anyway, Cassidy earned a big win, Cole was protected and happy the crowd went home.

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Canada concedes USMNT World Cup Qualifier defeat

The US road to Qatar hit a speed bump north of the border, with Canada taking a big step towards their first World Cup since 1986 with a famous 2-0 win. (Author: Gardener)

CanadaS. Men's National Team. Cyle Larin scored in the seventh minute and Canada held their own until Sam Adekugbe scored an insurance goal in the fatality and cemented his place at the top of the Concacaf World Cup qualifying score with a 2–0 win over the USA. The US's last loss to Canada came just over two years ago in the Concacaf Nations League, a 2-0 loss in Toronto that served as a low point for that US group and a springboard for Canada. While Sunday's defeat at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario, doesn't completely hurt the US in their bid to reach Qatar, it does reduce the margin for error going forward. At the start of the day, Canada topped the table, a point ahead of the U. The top three teams at the end of the Concacaf Octagonal automatically qualify for the World Cup, while fourth place goes to a final spot in an intercontinental playoff. Canada remain undefeated (6-0-4) while USA winger Tim Weah was barred from entering Canada due to his vaccination status. Ricardo Pepi, the breakout star at the fall forward, stayed on the bench for a second straight qualifier. The teams exchanged possession unsuccessfully for the first few minutes until the USA won a free kick in the fourth minute, about 30 yards from Canada's goal. Christian Pulisic's shot didn't clear Canada's first line of defense in the box, however, and Canada cleared a subsequent long throw-in to break on the break. It was a minute later from another switch that Canada appeared to have a threat building. Yunus Musah's cross-field pass for Sergiño Dest was intercepted by Adekugbe, who played the dangerous Tajon Buchanan down left flank, only to be well defended by Miles Robinson and save a goal kick. But disaster ensued after that goal kick, as USA's Matt Turner's long ball was intercepted in the center circle and the Canadians converted that into a chance right down the middle, with Larin opening the scoring in the seventh minute. In doing so, Larin became Canada's all-time leading scorer, with his 23 career goals overtaking Dwayne De Rosario. S. had the chance to equalize a few minutes later when Pulisic's corner kick found Chris Richards in the penalty area, but the centre-back couldn't put his chance on target. Aaronson appeared to have made a small gift in the 28th minute when Zardes' cross was directed straight into the winger's path in the box, but his follow-up shot was blocked and Tyler Adams' speculative long-range shot went well over the end of the mini -Threat. Canada turned on the physicality, and the whistles went toward the United States after the half-hour. Then the Chelsea star drew another foul on Mark-Anthony Kaye, giving the USA a great chance to equalize a free-kick from around 22 yards out. Pulisic took it but hit it hard and never bothered Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan. However, Borjan came to the rescue in the 43rd minute. Pulisic's corner kick found Weston McKennie from point-blank range but the Juventus midfielder's header was averted by an incredible save, giving Canada the lead. S. enjoyed the better run of the game, overtaking Canada 63% to 37%, with the hosts seeming more than content to absorb and try to find the counterattack. Aside from the McKennie chance, however, the USA failed to direct any dangerous scoring chances. S.'s best chance in the early stages of the second half came just before the hour. McKennie hit a line-splitting pass to find Aaronson in front of the Canadian box, but Borjan was up to the task, keeping the shot clean and not rebounding to keep it at 1-0. S. went to the bench for the first time in the 68th minute, but not entirely voluntarily. Separately, Jordan Morris and Pepi came while Zardes and Aaronson made way. Moments later, Turner made a sensational double save to keep the deficit at one. S. was caught trying to play from behind and turned it over so David had a clear view of the goal. Turner made the stop, then denied Larin at close range and kept it 1-0 in the 70th minute. S. made his last two substitutions with 15 minutes left when Reggie Cannon and Paul Arriola came on for Musah and Dest. The move put Pulisic in a more central role, with Cannon swapped directly for Dest at right back. S. in the 85th minute when Richards went down in pain after a tackle in possession. He hobbled off the field, forcing USA to play with 10 men. S. refrained from throwing everything forward and Arriola had a great opportunity after 87 minutes from a McKennie cross, but it was blocked. Arriola nearly scored in spectacular fashion a minute later when Miles Robinson headed a McKennie cross his way while Arriola chested it in front of him and attempted an overhead kick, which went wide. S. was able to score another goal in injury time, Pulisic fired a free kick on goal, Borjan was able to save cleanly. However, it was Canada who scored late. Adekugbe produced a sensational individual performance to cap a post-death counterattack to give Canada a 2-0 result and another famous three points for the US to close the winter qualifying window in St. Paul, Minnesota against Honduras on Wednesday while Canada travels to Central America to take on El Salvador.

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We dominated Canada in the USMNT loss

USMNT Gregg Berhalter on Canada loss: "It's hard for me to remember such a dominant performance away from home without a result." (Author: Gardener)

CanadaS. Men's national team in the 2-0 loss to Canada. S. Men's national team in the 2-0 loss to Canada. The United States men's national team lost 2-0 to Canada in Sunday's World Cup qualifiers - a performance US coach Gregg Berhalter hailed as "dominant" despite the loss. Cyle Larin scored in the seventh minute and Samuel Adekugbe clinched the score in the dying seconds of injury time to give the Canadians the three points at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario. "I think it was an outstanding team performance," said Berhalter. “We asked them to be dominant, we asked them to embrace the conditions, embrace the physicality of walking and I think we did that and more. - ESPN+ Viewer's Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more - World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Here's how it works across the globe , but it was the Canada side who were perfectly content to concede possession and attack USA on a counterattack, who created the more dangerous goalscoring opportunities. Canada scored 1.17 xG to .94, Canada's first win against the United States in World Cup qualifying since 1980 and one that has plenty of room for improvement in the CONCACAF league, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Table made. With four games left, Canada has 22 points - four points ahead of the United States, who advanced to the final on the day, one point clear of third-placed Mexico. After starting Jesus Ferreira against El Salvador on Thursday, Berhalter turned to Gyasi Zardes – whom he coached at club level with Columbus Crew – as a striker, but the move didn't pay off. "It was easy," said Berhalter when asked why Zardes started. “We knew what the game was going to be like. We knew it was going to be a very physical game and we thought Gyasi would give us that physicality. And if you look at his performance. Again, I don't think we managed to give him enough service in the box to make him dangerous." Despite playing on the narrow grass pitch in Hamilton, Ontario, the United States still chose to throw the ball over the Playing sides and sending crosses."It's probably the width of Yankee Stadium and we're playing on a very bad pitch," said Berhalter.Berhalter said Canada's physical approach had no impact on the way his team played.It's plain and simple said Berhalter. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Canada won 50.7% of duels in the game. The United States fly to Minnesota on Sunday ahead of Wednesday's game against Honduras.

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USMNT can't keep up with Canada, who are pulling away in the World Cup qualifying standings

Canada, now more than a worthy rival, beat the Americans 2-0 in the qualifier. (Author: Gardener)

CanadaCanada's Cyle Larin scores his team's first goal on Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario. The United States and Canada have no real rivalry in men's soccer because while Americans have enjoyed modest international success for decades, their northern neighbors have struggled to keep up just regionally. In this World Cup qualifying cycle, however, the Canadians have not only won the two encounters, they are also closing in on their first place in 36 years, while the Americans find themselves in an increasingly treacherous situation. On Sunday, in the cold of Hamilton, Ontario, the Canadians scored early and late to secure a 2-0 win and deal a painful setback for the Americans. With four games to go, the United States (5-2-3) fell four points behind Canada (6-0-4) in the eight-team Concacaf finals, who will reward three nations with automatic spots at the World Cup later this year will Qatar. A fourth team advances to an intercontinental playoff. The Americans retained second place on goal difference after Mexico (5-2-3) were content with a 0-0 draw at home to Costa Rica. But both the United States and Mexico saw their lead dwindle to a point over fourth-placed Panama (5-3-2) after the Panamanians' 3-2 win over Jamaica. The United States will host little Honduras in St. Paul, Minnesota on Wednesday before preparing for the final window in late March. "We're still in good shape," said coach Gregg Berhalter, who apart from the outcome of Sunday's game could hardly complain. "It's hard for me to remember such a dominant performance away from home without a result," he said. The Americans dominated possession but were faded out for the third time in qualifying and kept a goal or no goal for the sixth time. They have scored only two goals in the last three qualifiers. In total, they scored two goals in the first half. "I don't think we created so many clear chances," said Berhalter. When we talked about what we need to do to win this game, we pretty much ticked all the boxes.” While Canada have two threatening goalscorers in Larin and Jonathan David, Berhalter continues to rotate forwards. Ricardo Pepi, who scored three goals in the autumn qualifiers, has been reduced to one substitute because, according to Berhalter, the 19-year-old is just getting back on track after moving from FC Dallas to Augsburg this winter. "We want to pick the best forward that we think can get the job done in this particular game," Berhalter said. "It's going to be a fixture-specific forward." Berhalter also conceded, "One thing that sets Canada apart from most other teams in the group is the quality of their forwards and their ability to capitalize on those small chances." The United States does have Christian Pulisic, but the Chelsea winger has struggled in the last two games. Winger Brenden Aaronson didn't convert his chances well on Sunday and Tim Weah was unavailable for failing to comply with Canada's pandemic entry protocols. "If we win the ball in good positions, can we go forward?" said Berhalter. "Certainly [the team] was sometimes in positions where we could have been more aggressive." Canada also had the advantage of scoring early and absorbing the pressure. Matt Turner's goal kick didn't reach midfield. Larin turned centre-back Miles Robinson at the top of the box and smashed Turner to the other side with a 12-yard shot to score his 23rd international goal. "The [passing] got over us," Robinson said, "but then he overwhelmed us for those few seconds." Berhalter added: "Other than the goal line, it didn't affect the game that much. S. First-half chance came in the 43rd minute when Milan Borjan brilliantly smashed Weston McKennie's six-yard header away from Pulisic's corner. The Americans had the same problems in the second half and didn't create any real chances despite a lot of possession. With five substitutions in seven minutes, the U. One of those substitutes, Paul Arriola, sent a spectacular overhead kick wide in the 87th minute. Deep in stoppage time, with the Americans down to 10 players after centre-back Chris Richards left with a foot injury, Samuel Adekugbe roared from midfield and past the distraught guests before defeating Turner from outside the box and sparking wild celebrations at Tim Horton's Field. Three of Canada's remaining four games are played, but they're done playing against the United States and Mexico after playing 2-0-2 together. "For these guys, for these fans, for this country," said coach John Herdman, "we are turning into a football country." S. captain Tyler Adams left the team in the 69th minute with a strained muscle, the staff believe . Centre-back Walker Zimmerman, who started Thursday's match against El Salvador, has been ruled out as a precaution with a hamstring injury. Weah will rejoin the Minnesota team and likely start.

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Canada removed a page from the USMNT's playbook in Worlds Qualifiers' role reversal

While Gregg Berhalter's side somewhat dominated the Canadians, the final result clouded the overall picture of how to handle World Cup qualifying. (Author: Gardener)

CanadaThere was a time in the not too distant past when the United States won games by defending aggressively, being great goaltenders and being opportunistic in attack. It was an approach that tended to exasperate opponents - especially Mexico - and the grievances afterwards became entirely predictable. "We played better football," was the standard response, to which the US responded with a massive shrug, referring to the result and the three points in the table/tournament group that the Americans continued to lead, basically saying, "Who cares that?" - ESPN+ Viewer's Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, more - World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: How it Works Around the World So Sunday's World Cup qualifier was a bit of a role reversal. It was Canada that bit, clawed and clawed their way through the game, taking their chances with ruthless efficiency. And when it was over and Canada clinched a 2-0 win that all but secured the Reds' qualification for Qatar, US manager Gregg Berhalter had to lament the USA's loss of a game his side sort of respect dominated . "I think it was an excellent team effort," he said. “We asked them to be dominant. We asked them to embrace the terms, embrace the physicality, and I think we did that and more. It's hard for me to remember such a dominant performance away from home without scoring a result. So the result hurts. I'm proud of the boys, proud of the way they lined up." Berhalter then insisted that while the narrow width of the field - 70 yards officially - was no excuse, he did bring it up on several occasions. " Don't take that the wrong way," he said. At the end of the day, only results count in World Cup qualifying. This mindset also overlooks a long-standing truism about sport that goals - especially early ones - make games. Matt Turner's goal kick hung in the air and was headed forward by defender Kamal Miller without a challenge from Gyasi Zardes.With Miles Robinson and Chris Richards slow to see the danger, Larin played a one-two with Jonathan David and Richards' slip gave him a clear view of the goal and shot his shot past Turner.After Canada jumped to the top, the game was played on his terms.Canada could physically play and move on concentrate the defense. When Christian Pulisic has found some daylight, foul him and then challenge another to hit you. S. was effective with his pressing and dominated possession by almost 63-37%, at a certain level it didn't really matter. Once the USA got close to the Canadian goal, the hosts could foul the game, aesthetics be damned. Effectiveness was all that counted for Canada and even when a player or two got beaten there was always someone to mark and stop the game. Canada could control the game by not having the ball. We thank Canada for playing to their strengths, not least forwards Larin and Jonathan David, both of whom can win a game alone. Canada are deservedly at the top of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table, having picked up eight points from a possible 12 against the USA. It's safe to say that the duopoly is now a triopoly. Canada's approach was aided by the US team's biggest pain point: the US attack is stale and lacking in aggression. The times when the US got behind Canadian defenses were rare. Here's what happens when a team sets up in a low block. But there were opportunities in transition, and too often the US seemed content to play it safe. Instead of attacking the Canadian defenses, the US was content to pass directly or backwards. Given the ferocity with which Canada defended, that opportunity would quickly disappear if the home side settled into their base defense. "One of the conversations at half-time was, if we win the ball in good positions, can we go forward?" said Berhalter. But we're certainly sometimes in positions where we could have been more aggressive in the offensive transition and we didn't take advantage of that. Weston McKennie had a Weston McKennie header in the 43rd minute after a set piece was set off by Canada keeper Milan Borjan at the crossbar was touched but that was as close as the U. Things improved when Berhalter brought in players like Ricardo Pepi and Paul Arriola, the US attack finally instilled a sense of urgency. It wasn't enough and Canada put the game wide in added time with Sam Adekugbe's dart. But the substitute's play should steer Berhalter's mind ahead of Wednesday's home game against a struggling Honduras. His mobility and power in his runs were a notable improvement over Gyasi Zardes. Arriola should at least be in the running to get onto the field sooner than the 14 minutes he accumulated on Sunday. He is clearly the best, most talented and dynamic attacker on the team. There's a strong impulse to let him try to play his way out of the mess he's in right now. But is there a point where he should be pulled if he keeps fighting? That's exactly what Berhalter did against El Salvador, although the US side are also beginning to fray in other ways. Defender Chris Richards picked up a foot injury although Walker Zimmerman, who is also suffering from a hamstring injury, is ready to return to the starting XI. It's a less-than-ideal run-in to World Cup qualifiers. The final game window consists of away games in Mexico and Costa Rica, centered around a home game against Panama. S. is struggling at both away venues hoping to wrap things up before then. Panama's 3-2 win over Jamaica on Sunday dashed those hopes. The loss to Canada means the U. It makes Wednesday's game a must.

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'This is the new Canada': Concacaf WCQ leaders bask in paradigm shift after defeating USMNT

HAMILTON, Ontario — It was a clear, chilly afternoon for the Canada men's national team after 36 years. (Author: Gardener)

Canada"It used to be, you play USA, and they said, 'Oh, we're playing Canada, it's just, yeah, blah, blah, blah' and this and that. "It used to be, you play against the USA, and they said, 'Oh, we're playing Canada, it's just, yeah, blah, blah, blah' and this and that. But now when they come to us or we go there, they're scared. But now when they come to us or we go there, they are afraid. They've been scared against us for the last four or five games. They've been scared against us for the last four or five games. Because we have a great team," he added, comparing this rivalry to the bitter Red Star Partizan derby in his birthplace and current club home. Because we have a great team," he added, comparing this rivalry to the bitter Red Star Partizan derby in his birthplace and current club home. “This is the new Canada. “This is the new Canada. This is the new Soccer Canada and we will just carry on and fight for the generations to come. This is the new Soccer Canada and we will just carry on and fight for the generations to come. And we're going to change football here in Canada.” And we're going to change football here in Canada.” “Whenever we've been to [the United States], they've got 50 to 60,000 people yelling at us and everything, and we've got it tired of not respecting us,” explained goalkeeper and Hamilton-born Milan Borjan, whose outright rejection of a Weston McKennie header just before half-time was as crucial as goals from Cyle Larin and Sam Adekugbe. "Whenever we've been to [the United States], they've got 50-60,000 people yelling at us and everything, and we're sick of disrespecting each other," explained goalkeeper and Hamilton-born Milan Borjan, whose outright disapproval of one Weston McKennie's header just before half-time was as crucial as goals from Cyle Larin and Sam Adekugbe. "So whenever we play them, it's special and we do our best just to make our country proud and not be humiliated [like] before. "So whenever we play them, it's special and we do our best just to make our country proud and not be humiliated [like] before. With suitably high temperatures, snow mountains around the edges and a spirited crowd flocking to Tim Hortons Field while the chimneys of this lakeside industrial powerhouse left a dismal backdrop, Les Rouges beat their haughty southern neighbors in a deserved 2-0 win into the sword who extend their lead over the Concacaf Octagonal standings. With suitably high temperatures, snow mountains around the edges and a spirited crowd flocking to Tim Hortons Field while the chimneys of this lakeside industrial powerhouse left a dismal backdrop, Les Rouges beat their haughty southern neighbors in a deserved 2-0 win into the sword who extend their lead over the Concacaf Octagonal standings. “Twelve, 13 years with the program, that's a long time. “Twelve, 13 years with the program, that's a long time. That was a long time ago and we deserve it. That was a long time ago and we deserve it. Canada deserves this. Canada deserves this. "These guys don't know how to quit, man," Borjan said with a grin. "These guys don't know how to quit, man," Borjan said with a grin. “This team is something special. “This team is something special. But what we fought for, we got one step closer to writing the history of Canada. But what we fought for, we got one step closer to writing the history of Canada. As much as their burgeoning youngsters have bolstered the talent pool, many members of this CanMNT squad have witnessed successive cycles of disappointment in qualifying firsthand and are euphoric at their sudden development into Concacaf heavyweights. “When we have guys like Tajon [Buchanan], like Cyle, like Jonathan David, playing for top European clubs, there's no reason for us not to have that confidence. “When we have guys like Tajon [Buchanan], like Cyle, like Jonathan David, playing for top European clubs, there's no reason for us not to have that confidence. When we have a good coach like John behind us, who gives us the organization and tactics, there is nothing we can't do.” When we have a good coach like John, who gives us the organization and tactics there's nothing we can't do.” “I think the pride comes from our brotherhood,” Adekugbe said. "I think the pride comes from our brotherhood," Adekugbe said. “We have so much trust in each other, we all grew up together and we all grew up through John Herdman in this last cycle and I think if we see each other we go to the US and get a result if we go on an equal footing with Mexico, our self-confidence is growing. “We have so much trust in each other, we all grew up together and we all grew up through John Herdman in this last cycle and I think if we see each other we go to the US and get a result if we go on an equal footing with Mexico, our self-confidence is growing. And with every confident step towards Qatar 2022, the pain of all the failure and suffering since their first and only World Cup appearance in 1986 draws further into the mists of history. And with every confident step towards Qatar 2022, the pain of all the failure and suffering since their first and only World Cup appearance in 1986 draws further into the mists of history. Borjan opened up by wishing his dad happy birthday, and joked that he and his teammates gave dad "a perfect gift." Born in the former Yugoslavia, his family and those of many of his teammates were immigrants to Canada, a legacy the CanMNT proudly embraces, as does the eternal pain of its long-suffering supporters. "You all know I came when I was 13 years old," Borjan said. "It's my way of coming back to Canada. We are one country and Canada is a multicultural country and we fight for what we have been given. And that's exactly the way for us to bring it back to Canada and take them to the World Cup after 30+ years. ... when someone gives you so much love and everything, you have to give it back. And we are doing our best to return that love to this amazing country. "It's everything we dreamed of," said head coach John Herdman, comparing the matchday color that greeted his team in Hamilton to Newcastle United's games in his youth in England. "The atmosphere of the fans, it's the first time I really feel like I'm living in a football country. “I'm an immigrant here in Canada, we have a high immigrant population, many of whom are from football countries. And the national team has been beaten up for so long. I think there's a lot of people now who can rally around the sport they love and don a red jersey at the same time," he added, hinting that wins like this can even help recruit dual nationals like Canadians and Mexicans Child prodigy Marcelo Flores can contribute. “And be proud, just be proud that in this country we talk about football the way we have stars now. We have young star players who will be around for a long generation to come."

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