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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016


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Canada blanked by Mexico in World Cup qualifierSportsnet
Goals from Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Jesus Manuel Corona sank Canada 3-0 on Friday at BC Place in front of 54,798 fans, ensuring a harder road ahead for qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia for coach Benito Floro’s side.

Mexico dominates Canada in World Cup qualifyingCBC
Javier (Chicharito) Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Jesus Manuel Corona scored Friday as high-flying Mexico dismantled Canada 3-0 in World Cup qualifying.

Canada keeps second, prepares for AztecaCSA
Canada will hold second place in the CONCACAF semi-final stage of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers, stuck on four points after the third of six matches in Group A. The series continues in four nights in Mexico before the last two matches conclude the round in September 2016.


Good Friday is finally upon us and the stage is set for tonight’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying match between Canada and Mexico. The anticipation has been building all week in Vancouver as they have been preparing for the first of two matches against one and other that could determine whether one, or both teams, are a step closer to advancing from Group A and join ‘The Hex”.

Confident Canadians ready for Good Friday battle with Mexico – Goal
Fully aware of Mexico’s pedigree, Canada is determined to prove its worth to both the opposition and the rest of CONCACAF.

Preview: How Canada Can Pull Off an Upset Against Mexico in Vancouver – Waking the Red
A look at one of the biggest games that the Canadian program has played in a long time, and how Canada can come out of it with a positive result.

The Top 5 reasons why Canada could beat Mexico on FridayToronto Sun
Strange things happen in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. And that, Canada fans, is why Les Rouges has a chance to pick up at least a point Friday night at BC Place. Heck, it wouldn’t be all that shocking if they picked up a win.

Canada ready to exorcise demons of past failuresGoal
Now helmed by Benito Floro, Canada faces Mexico in a pair of World Cup qualifiers over the next few days, the first of which takes place at the same Vancouver stadium in which last November’s spiritual cleansing took place. For this one, there will be a sellout crowd of nearly 55,000 on hand as the Canadians ride the momentum of a fairly decent few months for the sport throughout the nation.

Canada has been a country in the soccer doldrums for more years than their supporters care to remember. It has been 30 years since Canada’s one and only World Cup finals appearance at Mexico ’86, and nearly 20 years since they qualified for the ‘Hex,’ the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

Osorio certain to have Mexico prepared for Canada tripGoal
In a departure from previous El Tri managers, Juan Carlos Osorio is nothing if not prepared for what the team’s opponents bring to the table.

Mexico are in the middle of World Cup qualifying. They have Copa America Centenario coming up in the summer. The World Cup is only 27 months away. And El Tri have absolutely no idea what their best XI looks like. They don’t know what an 18-man matchday roster or 23-player tournament squad would look like. Manager Juan Carlos Osorio is making it up as he goes along for now.

55,000 expected at B.C. Place for Canada-Mexico soccer match Times Colonist
It’s a long way from those Saturday mornings at Windsor Park in front of a handful of parents. Bays United products Adam Straith and Simon Thomas will be part of history Friday night (7 p.m. on TSN 2) when they take to the pitch at B.C. Place before what is anticipated to be the largest crowd to watch a Canadian team play soccer.

Canada-Mexico BC Place madness a thrill for those who once wore the red and whiteThe Province
For Jason deVos, Carlo Corazzin and Nick Dasovic, among other former Canadian international soccer players, the anticipation of watching their national team play Mexico Friday in front of 55,000 fans is almost inconceivable. After all, they all went through tough times with Canada, when few people had any faith the men could succeed.

Canada soccer may have found a home in Vancouver, where 55,000 fans await them Fox Sports
A sellout crowd will welcome Canada to Vancouver. It promises to be a spectacle, and maybe home sweet home for the national team.

FTBL Podcast: Canada vs Mexico World Cup qualifier preview Van City Buzz
This week we are pleased to present a very special preview show ahead of the Canada-Mexico FIFA World Cup Qualifier on Friday night at BC Place. With the dome almost guaranteed to be a sellout, it is going to be a historic night of soccer here in Vancouver.

CONCACAF WCQ Preview: Canada-Mexico, Jamaica-Costa Rica headline action SBI
El Tri enters Friday’s meeting against the Canucks atop Group A with six points through two games. Canada has four points, and will be looking to potentially top Mexico with a win at BC Place.

Julian de Guzman leads revitalized Canada on Hex quest: “We have no fear”MLS
The Canadian captain turns 35 on Friday, the same day Canada meet Mexico in a World Cup qualifier in front of an expected crowd of 50,000-plus at Vancouver’s BC Place. He’ll be honored prior to kickoff for becoming the national team’s all-time leader in appearances (he’s currently on 86 caps), but that’s not the only birthday gift he hopes is in store.

Veteran De Guzman still a mainstay for Canada Sportsnet
De Guzman tied the previous record of 84 caps, held by Paul Stalteri, in November, when Canada defeated Honduras in Vancouver. He surpassed the record a few days later in San Salvador as his team earned a draw versus El Salvador.

Playing at the Azteca can be ‘suffocating’  – Toronto Sun
Much has been made of the capacity crowd expected at Friday night’s Canada-Mexico World Cup qualifier at BC Place. Like they did in a 1-0 win over Honduras late last year, the Canadians will thrive off the energy in a comfortable environment, on familiar terrain. Four days later, though, the Canadians face their tallest task in almost four years.

Sellout expected for Canada-Mexico WCup qualifier Sportsnet
General secretary Peter Montopoli announced at a Tuesday press conference that more than 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the match at B.C. Place Stadium.

For Canada, Mexico match all about opportunityTSN
It will be just 273 days since Canada’s women played England in a crucial World Cup quarterfinal inside BC Place and the home of the Whitecaps will provide a fitting venue for Canada’s men to now experience the thrill of representing their country at home in front of more than 50,000 fans.

Mexican side has no complaints about turf, roof, weather or rivals on Friday Vancouver Sun
Mexican head coach Juan Carlos Osorio had his men’s national soccer team training on the lush grass pitch at Burnaby’s cosy Swangard Stadium on Tuesday. But he insisted the artificial turf at BC Place, site of Friday’s crucial World Cup qualifying match with Canada, won’t be an issue.

Canadian Dreams: What if Canada could Get to a World Cup?Waking the Red
Imagine, for a moment, June 2018. The World Cup is set to kick off in Russia and the globe is preparing for yet another spectacle of football. Fans embark on long journeys, playing squads start arriving at their destinations, and Russia is buzzing with the sense of excitement that only football can bring.

Canada not a 2nd choice for midfielder Arfield Sportsnet
As the Canadian men’s team wrapped up day one of training at BC Place earlier this week, Scott Arfield was taking in a series of firsts: first session with his new team, first trip to Vancouver, first time visiting the country he’s now representing.

Anglophile Osorio has Mexico on cusp of CONCACAF HexSportsnet
“I deeply admire the English game,” he remarked. “I would die for the opportunity to one day manage there.”

Sing your praises of Canada’s soccer team24 Hours
The Canadian Men’s National Team will face Mexico Friday in a World Cup qualifying match. The excitement is building and with an expected crowd of 46,000 and counting, it should be a fantastic spectacle. While many Vancouver Whitecaps FC fans are expected to make the trek to BC Place, many of the Voyageurs — Canada’s group of supporters — will also arrive in Vancouver to cheer on their team.

Mexico putting everything into Canada World Cup Qualifying fixtures Red Nation Online
The actual outcome for these next two matches appears to provide different motivational factors at play for Canada and Mexico. While Canada wants to earn a result at BC Place, and inch one step closer to “The Hex”. The same can be said for Mexico. El Tri are also looking at a much bigger picture with the Copa América Centenario taking place in the United States in June.

Sea of Red to take Vancouver by Storm The Peak
With the Vancouver Whitecaps season underway and the inaugural Rugby Sevens tournament coming to a close after an extremely successful weekend, the focus of the city shifts towards one of the biggest sporting events of the year. On Friday March 25, the Canadian men’s soccer team will take on powerhouse Mexico at BC Place. The game marks the next step of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Floro, Osorio full of anticipation for Canada-Mexico clash Four Four Two
There was a sense of enthusiasm in the voices of both Benito Floro and Juan Carlos Osorio when they spoke about Friday’s important World Cup qualifier between Canada and Mexico at BC Place.

‘Monumental’ crowd size for Canada vs. Mexico qualifier could impact potential 2026 World Cup bidMetro
This match is the first in a critical home-and-home set between CONCACAF opponents Canada and Mexico in the fourth stage of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifying. They meet again next Tuesday at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Canadian striker expects physical battle against Mexico on Friday Vancouver Sun
Google Cyle Larin and sophomore slump and up pops dozens of newspaper and blog stories pontificating on whether the 2015 Major League Soccer rookie of the year can avoid the “dreaded” case of second-year-itis.

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