Canada look to secure qualification to the 2024 Copa America, to be held in their backyard, as they take on Jamaica in the quarterfinals of the 2023/24 CONCACAF Nations League across two legs.
Advancement to the semifinals of this competition is enough to secure a place in next summer’s massive tournament, which will prove vital for preparations to the 2026 World Cup.
Les Rouges will do so under temporary management as interim boss Mauro Biello leads the way in the aftermath of John Herdman’s departure to manage MLS club Toronto FC.
Jamaica, meanwhile, prove stiff competition as Icelandic boss Heimir Hallgrimsson led the Reggae Boyz to the semifinals of the Gold Cup this past summer. They were unbeaten through the preliminary round of the Nations League, beating Honduras, Grenada, and Haiti along the way.
The Sporting News is following the Jamaica vs Canada match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. local (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT)
Location: Independence Park (Kingston, Jamaica)
Referee: Mary Penso (USA)
Jamaica (4-3-3, right to left): Blake (GK) – Brown, Lowe, Bernard, Leigh – Lautibeaudiere, Johnson, Decordova-Reid – Bailey, Nicholson, Gray
Canada (3-5-2, right to left): Borjan (GK) — Johnston, Cornelius, Miller — Laryea, Kone, Piette, Osorio, Davies — Larin, David
2 hours to kickoff: While the Canadian federation is reeling from the departure of John Herdman, one player is happy to see change happen at the top. Central midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye had been left out of multiple squads towards the end of Herdman’s tenure, and he believes his relationship with the former Canada head coach was the reason.
Me and John had some really tough conversations where he blatantly told me I wasn’t good enough to be part of the team. That was hard for me to accept,” Kaye said to Sportsnet, after also posting to social media an honest self-reflection following his New England Revolution’s elimination from the MLS playoffs a week ago.
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 projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Blake (GK) – Brown, Lowe, Bernard, Leigh – Lautibeaudiere, Johnson, Decordova-Reid – Bailey, Nicholson, Gray
Jamaica subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
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 projected starting lineup (3-5-2): Borjan (GK) — Johnston, Cornelius, Miller — Laryea, Kone, Piette, Osorio, Davies — Larin, David
Canada subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)
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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