The Canadians play host to Honduras at BMO Field in World Cup qualifying action Tuesday night, with the visitors fresh off a loss at home to PanamaTORONTO -- Canada knows it's got a fight on its hands.
Fresh off a morale-boosting 1-0 victory last Friday in Cuba, the Canadians are set to host a Honduras side hungry for a positive result. The Hondurans also opened their third round of World Cup qualifying last week, falling 2-0 at home to Panama.
The Catrachos' loss coupled with Canada's win means that Stephen Hart's side will likely be in for a tougher-than-usual test when on Tuesday night at BMO Field.
"They're a wounded animal, but it's one game," Hart told reporters after training on Monday. "They've lost one game, okay it's a home game, but I think Honduras has too much experience to be desperate. They're going to come in here thinking it's only Canada and they can get a result here."
Hart was adamant that his players would not take Honduras lightly, or that they'd put too much stock into the win in Havana last Friday. For their part, the Canadian players seem to have taken their coach's words to heart.
"It's still early in the campaign," said midfielder Atiba Hutchinson. "We've got three points, it's not the biggest thing, I think everybody knows that. It's still a long road to go, so we just to build on what we started so far."
To that end, Canada will be approaching the game looking to protect its home turf and put more distance between itself and the beleaguered Hondurans.
"They're looking for a reaction from their loss on Friday as well, and it's going to be a tough game because they're not going to want to come here and get rolled over," defender David Edgar said of Canada's opponent. "This is going to be a tough game and we're under no illusions about that. We need to stay focused and play the way we can, and play the way we have been playing."
Regardless of what mental state Honduras proves to be in, the Canadians say that their main goal is the same.
"We're going to go for a win," said goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who told reporters that he will be starting on Tuesday night. "It doesn't matter who's on the other side of the field. We're going every time, every game, for a win."