Canada 2, USMNT 0
The long drought is finally over.
After nearly 35 years, the Canadian men’s national soccer team were finally able to defeat the United States with a 2-0 victory at BMO Field in Toronto on Tuesday evening.
The goals for the hosts were scored by Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini. The victory marked the first time that Canada have beaten the USA since April 2nd 1985. Meanwhile, Canada had 13 players on their current roster who were yet to be born when the last success came.
The game was the first of two fixtures between the sides in CONCACAF Nations League Group A play. They will next meet again on November 15th in Orlando, Florida. It will be a pivotal game in the group for a spot in the Nations League semi-final. All Canada would need to advance is a draw.
Along with ending the drought of 17 games without a win against the USA, Canada picked up a vital 18 points in the FIFA World Rankings, which are being used to determine the six teams from the region who will contend for three and-a-half spots for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Canada are currently ranked seventh in the region. If they are unable to get into the top six, they will play against the rest of the teams in CONCACAF for the half spot and an opportunity to face a team from another region for a spot in the showpiece event on the sporting calendar.
Davies scored the opener in the 63rd minute. The winger, who plays in Germany for Bayern Munich, had an easy tap-in after captain Scott Arfield was able to send in a low cross.
Cavallini added the second in the 91st minute when he hammered a shot past Steffen on a ball played over the top by TFC’s Jonathan Osorio.