Honduras Match Will Set Tone for Rest of USMNT’s World Cup Qualifying Campaign

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VAN DIEST: Canada evolving into a World Cup qualifying contender

The Province 08 September, 2021 - 06:40am

John Herdman and the Canadian men’s national soccer team are evolving, and there is a very good chance it will lead them to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Canada earned a valuable point in a 1-1 tie against the United States in the final round of Concacaf World Cup qualifying Sunday in Nashville. Cyle Larin scored the tying goal in the 62nd minute, seven minutes after the United States had taken the lead through striker Brenden Aaronson.

“I think the lads will come away content, but they’ll be a little irked tonight when we’re trying to switch off, because it could have been three (points).”

Canada will host El Salvador on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One) at BMO Field in Toronto in the third and final game of the current FIFA international window. In total, Canada will play 14 games in the final round of qualifying.

“I think we stuck to the game plan, we went out there and got our chances and we could have won the game too,” said Larin. “We stuck together as a team and even though we conceded, we still fought back for a goal.

“We’re just building day-by-day and game-by-game and I’m sure we’ll win many games and we’ll make the World Cup.”

Canada is a work in progress, which includes Herdman and his coaching staff.

When he took over the men’s national program after a successful stint with the women’s team, Herdman did not have any male international coaching experience. It was somewhat of a concern, because he would be matching wits with veteran, vastly more experienced, men’s international coaches in Concacaf.

To his credit, however, Herdman is learning on the job and evolving along with his young team, able to make proper adjustments in regards to tactics and player selection.

The best way to utilize star Alphonso Davies is a prime example.

On the previous occasion Canada travelled to face the United States with Davies in the lineup, Herdman and his staff used the Edmonton product at left back where he plays with Bayern Munich — a team loaded with world-class players.

Canada were looking to hold on to a two-goal lead in the away leg of the Concacaf Nations League in Nov. 2019, and planted Davies at the back to try and contend with United States attacking fullback Sergino Dest, a rising Dutch-born American star who is now at Barcelona.

The move did not work out as Canada were soundly defeated 4-1 and Davies was rooted at the back for most of the game, even when trailing by three goals.

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On Sunday, Herdman and his staff recognized the best way to deal with Dest was to have Davies in an attacking position, so he lined up in midfield and provided a dangerous counter-attacking option. It was Dest who was rooted at the back trying to contend with Davies.

After Dest was forced to leave the game injured, Davies had a field day with his replacement DeAndre Yedlin, which led to the tying goal.

Davies blew by Yedlin on a through pass from Sam Adekugbe and set up Larin for the tying goal. Canada then had numerous chances to win the game, particularly after Tajon Buchanan entered the game, presenting a similar attacking threat from the right side.

Buchanan had a case for a penalty late in the game when taken down from behind, but did not get the call.

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“You see new faces that are coming into the lineup performing,” Herdman said. “We’re showing a talented squad from No. 1 to 23; we have a very talented group of players that are desperate to go to a World Cup.”

Canada is fielding its most talented men’s team in history and Herdman is determined to get the group into a World Cup prior to likely gaining an automatic berth for the 2026 tournament, taking place in North America.

Davies is the most talented player in the group, which also includes Johnathan David, Stephen Eustaquio, Larin, Richie Laryea, Atiba Hutchinson, Adekugbe and Buchanan, among others. Never has a Canadian men’s team had so many players at major European clubs.

“I think with Alphonso, you could play him in any position on the field, when his mind is committed. This guy is special,” Herdman said. “I get the chance to work with him, (Adekugbe) gets a chance to room with him every now and then; he’s just a special individual. He has a mindset that put him at that level and there is nothing much that phases him.

“He wants to entertain the crowd. For me, it’s always trying to put him in positions where that kid can entertain. Sometimes it’s lower, sometimes it’s higher. Sometimes it’s on the right and sometimes it’s on the left. It’s the same thing, go and do your thing son.”

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World Cup Qualifying: Honduras vs. USA odds, picks and prediction

USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire 08 September, 2021 - 12:55am

In the third match of the final round of 2022 World Cup Qualifying for both teams, USA takes on Honduras Wednesday. The match is slated to start at 10:30 p.m. ET at Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Below, we preview the Honduras vs. USA odds and lines, and make our best World Cup qualifying bets, picks and predictions.

This will be the USA’s second road match, having disappointingly tied Canada 1-1 at home Sunday.

After going up 1-0 early in the second half, the Americans allowed a nice Canadian cross across the middle to find the back of the net. In the first match of the final round, the USA traveled and drew El Salvador 0-0.

The US has two draws in the final round, as does Honduras. Both sides plus Canada and El Salvador are the four that have drawn both of their first two matches. Honduras drew both El Salvador and Canada as well.

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 5:50 a.m. ET.

“LEAN” to the DRAW (+215) as the best value on the money line. Both sides have played the same competition and while USA drew Canada, it did so without M Gio Reyna and M Weston McKennie.

The Americans needed that win and truly didn’t deserve it. McKennie was dismissed, and now D Sergiño Dest may be out as well as he left against Canada due to an ankle injury.

There’s no reason to believe USA can come out and win this game despite F Christian Pulisic in for the side recently placed in the top-10 of FIFA’s international rankings.

USA is the better side, but it hasn’t shown that lately.

“LEAN” to the UNDER 2.5 (-180) as the better value is on the money line. Typically, I’d like the full unit bet, but I’d still only go for a half unit as the price is steep.

In the four games combined for the two sides, only 4 goals have been scored. Both teams had a scoreless match in the last week, so it’s entirely possible this one doesn’t see a single goal.

USA clearly struggled to create chances, and without key midfielders, it may once again fail to move the ball. As for Honduras, behind FC Dallas M Bryan Acosta, it has played up to its level of competition.

Given how both teams have played lately, the Under is the better bet, but the price makes me hesitant to put much on it.

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