There is plenty to play for when Jamaica host Canada in Kingston on Saturday in the first leg of the CONCACAF Nations League quarterfinals.
Whoever wins the tie will reach the finals of the competition and earn a place as one of the guest teams at the 2024 Copa America, and the showdown could prove tight between the 44th-ranked Rouges and their opponents who sit 12 places below them.
Reggae Boyz coach Heimir Hallgrimsson and counterpart Mauro Biello will also view the matches as important preparation for next year’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
The Sporting News looks at the key details ahead of this game, including how to watch it across the world, kickoff times and the latest lineup news.
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This CONCACAF Nations League clash takes place at Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica and kicks off on Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. local time.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:
Here’s how to watch this CONCACAF Nations League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:
USA: This game is available for streaming via Paramount+.
Canada: Fans in Canada can watch on Fubo Canada, OneSoccer and via CONCACAF’s Go app and YouTube channel.
UK and Australia: The match is available to stream via CONCACAF’s Go app and YouTube channel.
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Jamaica manager Hallgrimsson also described his side as being on a mission, but they will face it without New York Red Bulls forward Cory Burke because of a groin problem.
Karoy Anderson, who plays for English club Charlton Athletic, has been called up for the first time. “I was just shocked,” the midfielder told the Addicks’ website. “I was looking at it for a long time just taking it in and I told my mum and she started crying.”
Jamaica lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Blake (GK) – Brown, Lowe, Bernard, Leigh – Lautibeaudiere, Johnson, Decordova-Reid – Bailey, Nicholson, Gray
Attacking midfielder Liam Millar is out with a calf injury for Canada, whose interim head coach Biello says his players are on a “mission” to progress.
“We know that these matches will be against a solid opponent in difficult conditions,” Biello added. “That is why we decided on an experienced and seasoned group of players who are used to high-pressure games.”
Canada lineup (3-5-2, right to left): Borjan (GK) — Johnston, Cornelius, Miller — Laryea, Kone, Piette, Osorio, Davies — Larin, David
Canada are the favorites, unbeaten in three meetings between these sides while keeping clean sheets in all of those games – most recently during a 0-0 away draw and a 4-0 win at home in FIFA World Cup qualifying in 2022.
Jamaica’s only defeat in their past nine matches was a home defeat against Mexico in the Gold Cup semifinals in July. However, both teams could be focused on not losing the first leg rather than playing adventurously with so much at stake, so it could be low scoring.
Prediction: Jamaica 1-1 Canada