March 9, 2017
Vancouver gives Canada Home Field Advantage on the Road to Russia 2018
Canada’s Road to Russia 2018 continues in Vancouver
British Columbia has provided a strong home field advantage for Canada’s Men’s National Team and Men’s Olympic Team against Mexico in the past. Mexico has yet to defeat Canada in the province, with notable Canadian victories in FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers (1:0 win in 1980), Olympic Qualifiers (1:0 wins in 1971 and 1983), and the Three Nations Cup (2:1 win in 1990).
In front of a sea of #CanadaRED support, Canadian players will be inspired for the crucial home match.
“Playing an important match at home, in front of your fans and family, I think for each individual this is (the type of match for) which they live,” said captain Julian de Guzman, Canada’s all-time leader in international appearances.
Marcel de Jong calls for support
To achieve that beautiful dream, de Jong knows what the team needs to do in September to reach the final round of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers.
“It’s simple: we need to get points and we can’t lose in Honduras. We can’t play for a draw, have to play for a win and we can’t just sit back and be defensive. We have to take the game to them, give it everything we have. This one game could change the whole country.”
The final match of the CONCACAF semi-final round takes place at BC Place in Vancouver on 6 September. The whole team is looking forward to a boisterous Vancouver crowd.
“It’s been really amazing. I’ve played a lot of big games with big crowds but the Vancouver crowd has been really beautiful and it’s one of my favourite.”
Even though de Jong knows the points will ultimately determine whether Canada advances to the Hex, de Jong feels that with the support of Canada, something extra special may happen and those fans could potentially be the difference.
“We need everybody who’s willing and can come (to) come and support us. This is one of the games that could change soccer in our entire country, it’s just huge for us, so we need all the support we can get. So if you can come… come.”
Tickets for the crucial Canada v El Salvador 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifier are on sale now via canadasoccer.com/tickets starting at just $25 (plus applicable fees). A special ME+3 discount offer on ticket four-packs is available in select sections while groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts of up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. In addition, BC Place Club Seats are available for fans looking for a premium match day experience and include a complimentary Canada Soccer scarf with each ticket.