World Cup Qualifying Preview: Canada - Cuba
Canada can move into back into first place in a competitive Group C with a win over the already eliminated Cubans on Friday night at BMO Field.
By Rudi Schuller
|Canada (4-2-3-1): Hirschfeld; Edgar, Hainault, McKenna, Jazic; de Guzman, Johnson; Jackson, Hutchinson, de Jong; Occean.|
Goalkeepers: Lars Hirschfeld, Milan Borjan, Kenny Stamatopoulos
Defenders: Mike Klukowski, Kevin McKenna, André Hainualt, Marcel de Jong, Dejan Jakovic, David Edgar, Ante Jazic
Midfielders: Nik Ledgerwood, Julian de Guzman, Will Johnson, Atiba Hutchinson, Terry Dunfield, Pedro Pacheco, Patrice Bernier
Forwards: Iain Hume, Tosaint Ricketts, Simeon Jackson, Olivier Occean
|Cuba (4-4-2): Pichardo; Serrano, Zalazar, Rondon, Joseph; Juara, Ramirez, Lugo, Dominguez; Saez, Gonzalez.
The Cuban side is a bit of a mystery. A roster has not been publicly released.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Canada defeated Cuba 1-0 in Havana back in June in the group's opening match. Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld was ejected from that match for intentionally handling the ball outside the 18-yard box.
- Both nations have a solitary World Cup experience: Canada in 1986 and Cuba in 1938.
- Cuba has yet to score a goal in this round of qualification, and has thusly been eliminated from contention. Canada has scored just twice, but has still amassed seven points in its four games.
- The 146th-ranked Cubans are at the bottom of the CONCACAF's Group C in terms of ranking. Canada is 61st in the FIFA rankings, good enough for second in the group.
The temperature is forecasted to be around 5 degrees Celsius (41 F) at kickoff in Toronto. At the same time in Havana, it is expected to be around 26 C (79 F).
Top 3 Predictions
Canada 2-0 Cuba
- 21.88 %
Canada 3-0 Cuba
- 20.31 %
Canada 1-0 Cuba
- 14.06 %
|WCQ 2014 (Concacaf) (WCQN)||Oct 12, 2012||Canada 3 - Cuba 0|
|WCQ 2014 (Concacaf) (WCQN)||Jun 8, 2012||Cuba 0 - Canada 1|
|Nov 19, 2013||Slovenia 1 - Canada 0||FR|
|Nov 15, 2013||Czech Republic 2 - Canada 0||FR|
|Oct 15, 2013||Canada 0 - Australia 3||FR|
|Sep 10, 2013||Canada 0 - Mauritania 1||FR|
|Sep 8, 2013||Canada 0 - Mauritania 0||FR|
|6||Julian De Guzman||Defender|
|17||Marcel de Jong||Midfielder|