Fans can watch the Mexico vs. Canada soccer match live online and see if the team up north can pull off a huge upset in the 2018 World Cup qualifying match.
The teams will meet Friday night in Vancouver, with kickoff scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on ESPN and also available for live streaming for those watching online (link to the streaming video can be found below).
Mexico is currently two points ahead of Canada for the top spot in Group 1, and both teams will be looking for a positive outcome. The top two teams in each group advance to the fifth round.
It promises to be a pressure-packed atmosphere, with BC Place Stadium nearly sold out. If the few thousand tickets that remained this week were sold, stadium officials told Metro News that it would become the largest attended national team event on home soil in Canada’s history.
“To think we can get this to that level speaks volumes to we are a leading soccer nation, (and) the appetite for everybody to follow the sport and our men’s team and women’s team, as well,” said Peter Montopoli, the general secretary for Canada Soccer. “But I think it speaks to the people here in British Columbia, and specifically in Vancouver, about how much they have an appetite now for world-calibre sport and, in particular, soccer.”
Although Mexico is the more tested team and expected to beat their Canadian counterparts, El Tri has had trouble with the defensive 4-5-1 formation that the Canadian team uses.
Those who watch the Mexico vs. Canada soccer match live online will also see an El Tri team with some unfamiliar faces. The team announced its roster last week, one that doesn’t include Guillermo Ochoa, Giovani Dos Santos, or Carlos Vela.
As ESPNFC noted, Vela’s omission was a bit of a surprise that could be related to his missing Real Sociedad training last week, but Ochoa and Dos Santos are a little more understandable.
“In Ochoa’s case, he has played very little since last November’s qualifiers and needs to focus on being 100 percent for Malaga now that he temporarily has the No. 1 spot. You can imagine a conversation between coach Juan Carlos Osorio and Ochoa in which the Colombian explains that there is little point in him traveling all the way to Vancouver to sit on another bench.
“For the LA Galaxy’s Dos Santos, he’s been injured of late and is still struggling for full match fitness at the start of the MLS season.”
Fans who watch the Mexico vs. Canada soccer match live online will see a Canadian team led by captain Julian de Guzman, who said he and his teammates recognize the importance of their two games against powerhouse Mexico.
“This is a great deal for ourselves, the country and most of the players that are involved in this camp. This will definitely be the most important match in their international careers,” he told ESPNFC. “I think at this point when you’re facing teams like Mexico, which is probably the No. 1 team in CONCACAF at the moment and one of the best teams in the world, these are the encounters you have to deal with to prove to yourself that you belong in this stage leading up to the World Cup.”
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 24, 2016
He continued, “To have this opportunity to do that at home in front of a potential record attendance crowd, is a dream come true. This is a great way to celebrate a moment in Canadian soccer when things are starting to move forward and we just want to continue to bring in positive results.”
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) March 24, 2016
Fans who want to watch the Mexico vs. Canada soccer match live online can click here for links to streaming video.
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