Canada will be anticipating the El Salvador clash to be something momentous on the line as Benito’s squad looks to secure its spot in the final round of the World Cup qualifiers in the CONCACAF area also known as the Hexagonal. Prior to the September 6th home game, Les Rouges must come with a win from a tough trip to the Honduras on Friday, September 2nd.
Addressing the CSA press conference in downtown Vancouver on Friday morning, Benito not only talked about the hilarious support his team received during the Mexico and Honduras qualifiers but also the environmental factors as reasons for playing the Group A schedule at the BC Place.
We decided to continue playing in Vancouver since firstly when we were victorious against Honduras; we got tremendous support from our fans. It also started to nature an excellent feeling about the team and the fans, Floro commented. We faced off with Mexico, and the stadium was full. That support was imperative for us as they were helping us in that match as well.
We require two things to resonate this support and also the continuous adoption of our game in this special stadium which is vital for us. I love the BMO Field in Toronto however; sometimes it’s very windy thus making it very hard to play. Our players are not well exposed to such conditions. Hence, they lack the experience of playing in windy conditions. Therefore, it is crucial for us to play in Vancouver since the stadium is covered.
Despite the majority ratifying that Vancouver has earned the right of hosting the El Salvador qualifier, there are complaints from the media and fans alike that other Canadian markets are being alienated when it comes to hosting men’s national team games.
Like Benito, the CSA president Victor Montagliani is keen to ensure that Canada’s national team appears in all the stadium across the country, whether it’s friendly matches or the World Cup qualifiers in the Hexagonal in the near future.
“You have to view it in two ways, from both a qualifying and a friendly point of view,” Montagliani said. We are considering to increase playing more friendlies on FIFA dates here in Canada since I am of the opinion that it’s paramount for our fans to witness our men’s national team as they have our women’s national team. Logistically, it is harder to get the full men’s national team together since all the players are internationally based. However, I think it is incumbent for us as we move on to play in all the venues across Canada from a friendly point of view.
When it comes to qualifying for the World Cup, it is not about sharing the love but about the home victory. If the technical staff believes that a certain Canadian marketplace is suitable for the match, then that’s where we will probably go.