Canada advances to World Cup for first time in 36 years
CONCACAF Jamaica Canada Soccer Canada's Tajon Buchanan does a backflip after scoring against Jamaica during first-half CONCACAF World Cup soccer qualifying action in Toronto, Sunday, March 27, 2022. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) (Frank Gunn)TORONTO — (AP) — Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan and Junior Hoilett scored and Canada secured its first World Cup berth in 36 years with a 4-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday. Canada has been to the World Cup just once before, in 1986. It was Canada's first loss in three World Cup qualifying rounds and it snapped a six-game winning streak. Boosted by the home crowd at BMO Filed, Canada rebounded against the Jamaicans, who were already eliminated from World Cup contention.wftv.com
US stumbles to 2-0 loss at 1st-place Canada in qualifying
Larin scored for unbeaten Canada seven minutes in, taking advantage of a short goal kick by Matt Turner for his 12th goal of the qualifying cycle. Sam Adekugbe dribbled through the American defense and beat Turner from long range in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time for his first international goal. Canada beat the U.S. in qualifying for the first time since 1980 and leads North and Central America and the Caribbean with 22 points. Canada went ahead after Turner’s goal kick failed to reach midfield. It was the 16th career qualifying goal for Larin, who had an equalizer as Canada tied the U.S. 1-1 last September in qualifier at Nashville, Tenneesse.wftv.com
Pulisic returns as US held to 1-1 qualifying draw vs Canada
U.S. star Christian Pulisic returned after missing Thursday’s opening 0-0 draw at El Salvador while regaining fitness following a positive COVID-19 test. 59 Canada, which hosts El Salvador on Wednesday, lost Davis to an injury midway through the second half. Jordan Prefok sent the ball to Pulisic and Tyler Adams, who gave it back to Prefok. Pulisic had the best U.S. chance in the first half, putting a shot off a post in the 40th minute. ... El Salvador played its second 0-0 draw, this time against Honduras.wftv.com
Barrier falls: Woman officiates men's qualifier in Americas
AdNesbitt worked 18 MLS games last season, including the MLS is Back tournament final, and was voted the league’s assistant referee of the year. Nesbitt earned a FIFA badge in 2016 and officiated at that year’s Women’s Under-17 World Cup, the 2018 Women’s Under-20 World Cup, and two matches at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. AdNesbitt trained with her for the 2019 Women's World Cup. AdWebb, who refereed both the 2010 Champions League and World Cup finals, hopes the pool of female officials will expand. Webb envisions a woman taking the whistle for a men's World Cup match, with hundreds of millions of people around the globe tuned in.