How important is this match? Consider the table, which has Panama ahead of Canada by one point and in the third automatic qualifying position.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Canada’s bout against Panama.
- Wednesday, October 13 (7:30 pm ET)
- BMO Field | Toronto, Ontario
How to watch and stream
- Paramount+, OneSoccer
A historic, hard-fought draw at Estadio Azteca was followed by a goalless draw at Jamaica Sunday.
That’s road draws against teams that are at the top, and the bottom, of the Octagonal table, although Canada earned their first point in Jamaica since 1992.
Due to yellow card accumulation suspensions and injuries, Canada were shorthanded against the Reggae Boyz. But John Herdman will welcome back Tajon Buchanan, Richie Laryea and Steven Vitoria, who all started against Mexico, while center midfield regular Stephen Eustaquio came off the bench against Jamaica.
It remains to be seen whether the Besiktas duo of Cyle Larin and Atiba Hutchinson, who entered camp with minor injuries, will play a role against Panama. Jonathan David started both matches up front this window for Les Rouges, who enter a critical stage of three consecutive home matches.
How much can one result change the table? Panama’s 1-0 win over the United States Sunday at home moved Los Canaleros into third place in the table following five matches, level on points with the USMNT. The key was making the most of a set-piece, with Nashville SC midfielder Anibal Godoy credited with the headed finish that took a deflection off Gyasi Zardes in the 54th minute.
It was a huge bounce-back result for Panama, which suffered their first defeat of this final qualifying round at El Salvador on Oct. 7.