OTTAWA, Ontario (NWN) — Tim Hortons Field, an outdoor venue with artificial turf nicknamed “The Donut Box” in Hamilton, Ontario, will be the site of Canada’s home World Cup qualifier against the United States in January, the Canadian Soccer Association said. Said Thursday.
The January 30 game would be the first home match for the Canadian men in Hamilton, which on that date averages 30 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-1 Celsius) and at least 18 (minus-8).
When Canada defeated Mexico on 16 November at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, the kickoff temperature was 16 (minus-9).
The US Soccer Federation said Wednesday that the Americans’ next home qualifiers will be at Low.com Field in Columbus, Ohio, against El Salvador on January 27 and Honduras on February 2 at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Canada plays in Honduras on 27 January and El Salvador on 2 February.
The US is second in the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 15 points – one behind Canada and one ahead of Mexico and Panama, with six games remaining. Costa Rica has nine, Jamaica has seven, El Salvador has six and Honduras has three.
The top three nations qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, and the number 4 team advances to a one-game playoff for a berth.
The Americas began qualifying with a 0–0 draw in El Salvador on September 2, a 1–1 draw with Canada in Nashville, Tennessee three days later, and a 4–1 win in Honduras on September 8. .
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