The Canadian men’s national soccer team begins its journey to the 2014 World Cup on Friday night at BMO Field in Toronto. Canada, ranked 102nd in FIFA’s rankings and 10th in CONCACAF last qualified for the World Cup in 1986 in Mexico. Canada’s journey begins with second round CONCACAF qualifying. Canada are in a fairly easy group, along with 122nd St. Kitts & Nevis, 144th Puerto Rico and 184th ranked St. Lucia. The winner of the group earns a spot in the next phase of CONCACAF qualifying.
Rogers Sportsnet One will show Canada’s 3 home matches during this stage. Sportsnet’s partnership with Soccer Canada gives them the rights to these games. Away games have to be purchased separately from the Football Association of the country Canada is playing in, or in some cases from a 3rd party provider. So far Sportsnet has only acquired rights to Canada’s away match in Puerto Rico next Tuesday.
Gerry Dobson and Craig Forrest will be in the broadcast booth to call Canada’s World Cup qualifying games. Ryan Leslie will be a sideline reporter.
Here is the confirmed broadcast schedule so far. Home games are available in HD, away games are only available in SD. All games are on Sportsnet One.
Friday 9/2, 8:00pm – Canada vs. St. Lucia (in Toronto)
Tuesday 9/6, 8:00pm – Puerto Rico vs. Canada (in Bayamon)
Tuesday 10/11, 7:00pm – Canada vs. Puerto Rico (in Toronto)
Tuesday 10/15, 7:00pm – Canada vs. St. Kitts & Nevis (in Toronto)
Lastly as a soccer fan, if you live in the Toronto area, go out and support our national team. I know that if they ever play a qualifying match in Moncton, I’ll go. Let’s make Canada a place where CONCACAF teams will hate to go over the next two years.