Canada Puts Four Past Honduras To Reach Concacaf Nations League Finals
On Tuesday night at BMO Field in Toronto, the Canadian men’s national team played their first home game since the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
It was a serious game as Canada beat Honduras 4-1 thanks to a brace by none other than Cyle Larin, who has been red hot since a move from Belgium to Spain.
Jonathan David and Jonathan Osorio also scored for Canada while Jorge Benguche ruined the clean sheet for Canada, putting the visitors on the board late in the game.
The follow-up victory comes after the 2-0 win on Saturday night in Curacao, booking Canada’s spot in the Concacaf Nations League finals being hosted in Las Vegas on June 15th and the 18th.
Canada could either face the US or Mexico in that semifinal and the fourth potential team is Panama.
It was a great start for the home team in front of their home fans and it had been one year and one day since their last home game when they beat Jamaica to book their spot at the World Cup.
After the match, John Herdman spoke about the future and what the team is striving for which is to win big tournaments to be taken more seriously with grade-A countries.
“To be part of Concacaf elite you have to be in these moments,” Herdman said. “You have to get to these events and it’s a first for us and this group believes they can win it.”
“The step they took tonight is a level of performance that should give us hope and a lot of belief to win that Nations League final.”
The media next got a chance to speak with the one and only Atiba Hutchinson, who has been with the team for what feels like an eternity and, he admits, is very close to calling it a career.
He was homoured during the half-time break and was given a standing ovation for his work and dedication to his team and the most common word used by his teammates and Herdman was amazing.
He even got to bang the drum after the game in the supporter’s section for the first time and was thrilled with the result, but wasn’t ready to announce his retirement.
“It was cool, I always wanted to do that”, he said. “What’s next for me is a couple more games but I am really close now to the end of it and it’s been a great spell for me and a great career and I want to finish on a high note.”
Jonathan Osorio, who scored tonight, was asked in his post-game media scrum about his team’s performance.
“It was dominant”, he surmised. “It was what we envisioned especially at the start of the game to be the aggressors and we were very motivated about winning this group.”
Canada will travel to Las Vegas in their next international window to play in the Concacaf Nations League finals.