The Canadians had a golden opportunity to go six points up on Honduras with a win on Tuesday night, but poor finishing meant that they had to settle for a scoreless draw.
The home side could only muster a 0-0 scoreline against the visiting Hondurans in Toronto on Tuesday night, despite outshooting the Central Americans 12-6. The frustrating display of poor finishing weighed heavily on the minds of the players after the final whistle had been sounded.
"It's the difference between qualifying and getting knocked out," Tosaint Ricketts told reporters after the match. The 24-year-old subbed into the match with 20 minutes to go but could not help his side notch the goal that likely would have given Canada two more crucial points.
"Nobody's really happy with one point," Ricketts said. "I thought we controlled most of the game. The first half was really good - the guys kept the ball, we kept our shape, we had some chances. [I'm] not happy with one point, but it's better than no points."
The lack of scoring betrayed a team performance from the Canadians that had Honduras on the back foot for the majority of the match. As the clock ticked down, it was evident that a single strike would have been the difference between winning and losing, but wave after wave of Canadian attack ultimately went for nought.
In the end, Honduras escaped with a point on the road and Canada was left lamenting what could have been a six-point gap on its opponent - the Canadians won their first match of the round while Honduras lost - after just two matches.
"It's disappointing right now," midfielder Will Johnson said of the unsatifying draw. "We feel we left two points out there, two important points at this stage. We're going to have to put that behind us pretty quickly and start to look towards the September games."
With Canada sitting two points behind group leader Panama and three above Honduras, every point could become increasingly valuable when the next set of games happen in the fall.
It's the tight nature of the group that makes Tuesday night's dropped points all the more disappointing.
"[We had] massive chances to win the game and we didn't capitalize on it," said captain Kevin McKenna, who saw two of his headers fly agonizingly close to Honduras' goal. "I hope this game doesn't hurt us in the end. If it does, we have ourselves to blame."