Destiny still in Canada’s hands in final chance to reach the Hex

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It will be all hands on deck for Canada to reach the CONCACAF “Hex” in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers on Tuesday 6 September in Vancouver. #CanadaRED will be more important than ever with their unwavering home support that lifts Canada Soccer’s national teams.

“The crowd has been a big boost and I believe that the fans will be our rock to reach the “Hex” on Tuesday,” said Benito Floro, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “It’s in our hands, if we can push through and reach the Hex we will be that much closer to Russia 2018.”

On the final night of the CONCACAF semi-final stage, third-place Canada will need to beat El Salvador while perfect Mexico will need to beat second-place Honduras. Along with those two results, Canada will need to make up a combined five-goal difference and, if still tied with Honduras, finish with more goals scored on the six-match round.

The Canada-El Salvador match kicks off at 19.00 local at BC Place, with tickets available at www.canadasoccer.com/tickets. The match will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS2 at 22.00 ET / 19.00 PT. The Mexico-Honduras match kicks off at the same time at Estadio Azteca.

After five matches, Mexico are perfect with 15 points (+12 goals difference), Honduras are second with seven points (0 goals difference and six goals scored), Canada are third with 4 points (-5 goals difference and two goals scored), and eliminated El Salvador are last with 2 points (-7 goals difference).

“We just have to go and push for it,” said Atiba Hutchinson, Canada’s captain for Tuesday night. “We have to make sure we are composed and come out flying. We have to have a very good start and just be very dominant.”

Canada fought hard against Honduras under an oppressive heat and an intimidating crowd in San Pedro Sula. Canada scored first and goalkeeper Milan Borjan made several outstanding saves before Honduras won the match in the second half. Should Canada and Honduras be tied on points, goals difference, and goals scored, it will be Manjrekar James’ Friday afternoon away goal that breaks the tie difference in Canada’s favour.

Tiebreakers
In home-and-away league format, the ranking of teams in each group is based on the following criteria

  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Goal difference currently 5 behind
  3. Goals scored they have 6 to our 2
  4. Points in matches between tied teams tied at 3 each
  5. Goal difference in matches between tied teams tied
  6. Goals scored in matches between tied teams tied as we each have two
  7. Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie is only between two teams) our one goal gives us the advantage
  8. Play-off match(es) on neutral ground (if approved by FIFA Organizing Committee), with extra time and penalty shoot-out if necessary


SUPPORT #CANADARED, BE CANADA’S 12th MAN

Canada have returned 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 atCanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

ROAD TO THE 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA
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.

Canada are amongst the eight remaining CONCACAF nations in the hunt for a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Four nations have been eliminated in the CONCACAF semi-final stage, with two more to be eliminated on Tuesday 6 September. Already advanced to the final round are Mexico from Group A, Costa Rica and Panama from Group B, and Trinidad and Tobago from Group C. Either Honduras or Canada will advance from Group A while either USA or Guatemala will advance from Group C.

From the 2016-17 CONCACAF Hex, three nations will qualify for Russia 2018 and the fourth team will advance to an intercontinental playoff.

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