VANCOUVER — Too little, too late and the lengthy wait continues.
Canada beat El Salvador 3-1 at B.C. Place on Tuesday evening, however not practically by sufficient.
The assistance from Mexico by no means got here, both.
You’ll be able to maintain counting the years. Canada’s males final reached the Hex — the ultimate spherical of CONCACAF qualifying for the FIFA World Cup — in 1998.
The Canadians wanted to win Tuesday and wanted Honduras to lose in Mexico. In addition they wanted a six-goal mixed turnaround to take second place within the group on aim distinction.
It was a mountain, to make sure. However not not possible.
Mexico, so the speculation went, can be vastly motivated at residence, despite the fact that they’d certified for the Hex already.
And Canada, with all the things on the road, in entrance of their followers and towards a really beatable El Salvador squad, might put up some objectives.
There was hope early within the second half. Canada led 2-0, they had been dominating, and El Salvador had a participant despatched off for a reckless deal with on Junior Hoilett.
After which it fizzled. Then fell aside.
Canada’s assault all of the sudden lacked concepts. And after the ref missed a transparent hand ball towards an El Salvador defender, the guests struck the dying blow within the 78th minute.
Nelson Bonilla Sanchez scored on a counter-attack to make it 2-1. In the meantime, it was nonetheless scoreless at Estadio Azteca. It was lights out.
David Edgar — on for an industrious and inventive Junior Hoilett as a kind of mad-scientist substitutions from coach Benito Floro — added a 3rd aim earlier than the tip, nevertheless it was meaningless by then.
Was it Floro’s last sub as Canada’s coach? The approaching days will inform. Judging by the refrain of ex-Canadian internationals on Twitter taking their pictures, the temper across the program is for change.
Floro caught with 4 on the again, even needing 4 extra objectives and with about 20 minutes to take action. Simeon Jackson, the Walsall attacker, remained on the bench.
You’ll be able to decide aside the subs. You’ll be able to decide by the missed possibilities, too.
Canada left too many objectives on the sector within the first half. Cyle Larin scored simply 11 minutes in — he was about 5 yards offside — however the opening 45 minutes was in regards to the blown alternatives.
Larin missed from six yards, placing Marcel de Jong’s advantageous low cross over the bar. Larin then missed the far submit with a toe poke on a partial breakaway, after which Tosaint Ricketts headed one other great de Jong cross broad.
It ought to have been 2-Zero or 3-Zero on the break.
Nik Ledgerwood did double the lead with a composed end early within the second half after some good work from Hoilett within the construct up.
Darwin Ceren was despatched off three minutes later for a horrible problem on Hoilett.
Taken as a complete, although, this marketing campaign sputtered within the second recreation of this qualifying spherical. Canada went to El Salvador, performed to a scoreless tie, and regarded too content material in doing so.
Dropping twice to Mexico was just about inevitable, so Canada created a situation the place they actually needed to get a tie in Honduras final Friday.
They misplaced that recreation 2-1, establishing Tuesday’s inconceivable situation.
Judging by Tuesday’s 3-1 win and the gamers on the roster, this Canadian workforce was able to a win in El Salvador.
Floro grumbled this week about FIFA’s tie-breaking procedures, and he has some extent that solely head-to-head ought to rely. It didn’t matter, although, as a result of Honduras completed forward of Canada on factors because of its tie in Mexico.
Floro’s defensive substitutions in Honduras, trailing 2-1, irked loads of observers. His choices Tuesday received’t assist endear him, both.
Backside line: this workforce, on paper, was ok to get to the Hex, they usually didn’t get the job executed.