Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton will host Canada-USA men’s FIFA World Cup qualifier


Published November 25, 2021 at 3:59 pm

Players celebrate after Tajon Buchanan's second-half goal put Canada up 3-0 over El Salvador on Wednesday. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

It had been rumoured for weeks but Canada Soccer made it official Thursday (Nov. 25). Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifiers match between Canada and the United States on Jan. 30, 2022.

It comes in the middle of a three-match FIFA window for the Men’s National Team who will also face Honduras on Jan. 27 and travel to El Salvador for a Feb. 2 fixture.

Ticket details will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are excited to bring the Men’s National Team FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match to Hamilton in January with the team riding a nation-wide wave of support at the top of the table and after an incredible display from Edmontonians in November,” said Dr. Nick Bontis, Canada Soccer President and Hamilton native.

“We are looking forward to seeing a Sea of Red at Tim Hortons Field in January for the Men’s National Team’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as we have throughout the Final Round with our fans continuing to push the Men’s National Team to new heights.”

The match will be the first time Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team has played an International ‘A’ match in Hamilton, Ontario. The Women’s National Team last played in Hamilton against Germany in an International ‘A’ Friendly in 2018.

It marks a busy but exciting stretch for Hamilton. The stadium will host the 2021 Canadian Premier League Final on Dec. 5 between Hamilton’s Forge FC and Pacific FC before the 108th Grey Cup takes place at Tim Hortons on Dec. 12. After the World Cup qualifier, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres will take the yet-to-be-installed ice at Tim Hortons Field for the 2022 NHL Heritage Classic on Mar. 13, 2022.

Canada sits undefeated at the top of the table in the Concacaf Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers after their back-to-back victories at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB with a 2-1 victory over visiting Mexico on Nov. 16 and a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Nov. 12.

The win moved Canada into first place with 16 points from eight matches (4-4-0) ahead of the USA (15 points), Mexico (14 points), and Panama (14 points).

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