Canada facing rivals USA for the 1st place in Group B at 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup

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The Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will face the United States of America this afternoon with an eye to secure the first place in Group B at 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup.

Both sides have already guaranteed their spot in the knockout phase, but the group finale from Kansas City will determine the Group B winner and seeding heading into the Concacaf Quarterfinals, the Soccer Canada said.

“It is a big match against USA this Sunday and the boys will be all in,” John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach was quoted as saying in a news release by Soccer Canada.

Herdman further added “The first part of our mission was qualification to the Quarterfinals which we achieved, so now the next part of the mission will be to win the group and we will be focused on that heading into an exciting match against USA. As we say, squads win tournaments, so there is an opportunity for us to freshen up a bit, but at the same time bring that energy that is going to be required in the heat against USA.”

Canada’s success in reaching the Concacaf Gold Cup knockout phase after two matches is significant, the Soccer Canada said, adding that after 30 years of Concacaf Gold Cup history, it was just the second time Canada opened with back-to-back wins in the group phase, the first time Canada qualified to the knockout phase with one match remaining, and the first time Canada qualified for the knockout phase at three successive Concacaf Gold Cups (2017, 2019 and 2021).

The two teams will face each other at 17.00 ET / 14.00 PT (16.00 local at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS, USA).

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