One more step for Canada to World Cup 2022

Canada made another step towards Qatar. John Herdman’s men were able to beat the United States 2-0 this afternoon in Hamilton. Cyle Larin opened the score quickly on a service from Jonathan David and Samuel Adekugbe buried the American hopes at the very end of the game. The USA dominated but were too clumsy in the final third of the field.

Standings: 1. Canada 22 points; 2. USA 18; 3. Mexico 17; 4. Panama 15


Milan Borjan (8/10) : After missing his first kick-off ball, his footwork improved significantly to break through the first American defensive curtain. Little solicited, he made an incredible save on a McKennie header (42nd)! He was also impeccable on a twenty meters shot from Aaronson (59th). He was beaten on Arriola’s overhead kick but the frame was missed (86th).

Alistair Johnston (6): The new CF Montreal fullback had difficulty containing the opposing team’s attacking efforts on the right flank. He nevertheless forced Aaronson to run towards the Canadian goal (64th).

Samuel Adekugbe (7.5) : Always clean, his sense of recovery is precious during an opponent’s pressing. He was the author of an incredible defensive retreat to remove a hot ball in the area (82nd). He is one of the revelations of these qualifiers and killed the game with a magnificent goal through the half of the field (95th)!

Kamal Miller (7) : He was the quickest to recover the ball that led to Larin’s opening goal (6th). Always valuable in the air, he blocked Pulisic in the penalty area (19th).

Steven Vitoria (6,5): He was very close to losing his composure after a manly but legal contact with Zardes (13th). Pulisic tried to take advantage of this by going down on the edge of the box during the next action but the referee judged well by letting it play. He saved his team by blocking Aaronson’s close-range shot after a bad clearance by Johnston (27th). He was finally shown a yellow card for a vigorous and unnecessary foul on Pulisic (30th).

Richie Laryea (5.5) : He was holding the right side as best he could. He was sometimes overwhelmed by the intensity, but never gave up.

Jonathan Osorio (5): Technically at his best, he was interesting in the redoubling of passes in order to initiate the Canadian attacks in the first half. Nevertheless, he lost several balls that gave the Americans opportunities to counterattack and was much more discreet after the break.

Mark-Anthony Kaye (5.5): Although he was present, he had difficulty containing the American midfield but did everything he could to relieve his defense. His relays are not always sure and Zardes could have taken advantage of it. Replaced by Liam Fraser (57th).

Tajon Buchanan (6): The technique is there. He just lacks a little confidence to make the difference on the first control as on the magnificent pass of David (60th). His energy and his will to contain Dest were very precious.

Jonathan David (8): Well placed in the spaces between the midfield and the American defense, he was an important relay to bring speed in transitions. His power allowed him to get several balls out in the second half and to allow his teammates to get out of their camp. Passing on the first goal, he served a superb ball to Buchanan. Replaced by Iké Ugbo (82nd).

Cyle Larin (6,5) : Opportunistic, he asked for the one-two with Jonathan David to score on his first chance (6th). For the rest, he was content to keep the ball and serve his teammates. His lack of speed was detrimental on several actions. He missed a golden opportunity when he took a ball released by Turner, who was the author of a great reflex (69th). Replaced by Junior Hoilett (72nd).

United States

Matt Turner (5): His poor clearance caused the Canadian counter-attack for Larin’s opening goal (6th). He saved his team from a second goal by stopping a shot from David and a rebound from Larin (69th).

Sergino Dest (6): The Barcelona fullback did not contribute as much as expected. If he didn’t suffer too much defensively, his duel with Buchanan was far from being won.

Antonee Robinson (6): He tried to contribute offensively but was too timid to disturb the Canadian defense. Conversely, he was little attacked in his lane,

Chris Richards (4): He suffered against the Canadian attack, especially against the physicality of Cyle Larin. The arrival of Hoilett at the end of the game did not help him.

Miles Robinson (6) : Always well placed, his vista allowed the Americans not to be countered more efficiently.

Yunus Musah (6) : He was very active to bring ammunition to his teammates in front of him. It’s a pity that the forwards were not as inspired. Replaced by Ricardo Pepi (75th).

Tyler Adams (7) : Physically solid, he organized the American game by knowing how to accelerate on important moments. A complete player. Replaced by Paul Ariola (75th).

Weston McKennie (7): The Juventus Turin player used his power in midfield and allowed his team to settle in the Canadian camp. He came close to equalizing with a powerful header from a corner (42nd).

Brenden Aaronson (6.5): The winger tried to make a difference but was constantly hindered by a well-packed defense. His shot stopped by Borjan would have deserved a better fate (59th). Replaced by Jordan Morris (68th).

Gyasi Zardes (5.5): The striker tried to catch the Canadian backline off guard but was not very effective. replaced by Kellyn Acosta (68)

Christian Pulisic (5): We expected more from the Chelsea player. Technically clean, he was not sharp enough in his actions to make the difference.

Julien Dubois