Edmonton to host World Cup qualifiers in November, hosting Costa Rica and Mexico


Canada Soccer will host Costa Rica and Mexico in Edmonton in November for the World Cup qualifiers, hoping the cold weather and artificial turf at the Commonwealth Stadium will make CONCACAF visitors uncomfortable.

The 51st ranked Canadian men will host # 44 Costa Rica on November 12 and # 9 Mexico on November 16.

“We could have made it a lot easier and played in maybe different environments, but we wanted to make it difficult for the opponent,” said Canada coach John Herdman.

“We wanted them to travel across time zones, play in a Canadian winter and on a surface they weren’t happy with.

“We are fortunate to play two home games in an environment we can control and get our players to acclimatize and prepare to build a stronghold in the west. I am excited for this aspect.

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Canada’s first two home games of the CONCACAF World Cup playoff final round, against Honduras and El Salvador in September, were in Toronto and BMO Field was also scheduled to host Panama on October 13.

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Herdman also noted that Edmonton is in the running to host games of the 2026 World Cup. And the city has shown its support for the national team, with 53,058 opening games of the 2015 Women’s World Cup – a Canada’s 1-0 victory over China thanks to Christine Sinclair’s 92nd-minute penalty at Commonwealth Stadium.

“It was a sea of ​​red in that game,” said Herdman, then coach of the Canadians.

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“This kid has done so much for this country, whether it was his speech that lit the world (at the FIFA Congress) by helping (Canada, the United States and Mexico) to win (the) 2026 ( world) what he’s accomplished on a global stage – and allowing him to come home and be appreciated by people who have watched him from afar, ”Herdman said.

“I think it’s just a great little story.”

A spokesperson for Canada Soccer said the Commonwealth Stadium will be available at full capacity for the November games.

The Canadian men haven’t played in Edmonton since May 2013, when they beat Costa Rica 1-0. Canada tied Mexico 2-2 there in October 2008.

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