CANADA continue their march towards Qatar 2022 with a trip to face Costa Rica tonight.
After a remarkable qualifying campaign, the Maple Leafs sit top of the table heading into the final three matches.
It’s more than 30 years since they last made a World Cup finals, but victory here against Costa Rica will see them secure qualification.
A draw would also be enough for John Herdman’s side if Panama fail to beat Honduras.
Costa Rica will prove a stern test though and are currently unbeaten in their last four international games.
When the sides met in Edmonton earlier in the campaign, Canada ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Jonathan David.
When is Costa Rica vs Canada?
- This CONCACAF qualifier will be held TODAY – Thursday, March 24.
- Kick-off is at 10.05pm ET, which is 7.05pm PT and 2.05am GMT.
- Costa Rica have been impressive on home soil, winning three of their five qualifying matches so far.
Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
For those of you watching in Canada, you can find the game live on OneSoccer and Sportsnet.
Streaming is also available on Sportsnet NOW.
In the USA, Paramount+, UNIVERSO and Telemundo Deportes En Vivo will show the match.
And in Costa Rica, Teletica Canal 7 and Teletica En Vivo are the place to find the action live.
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What is the team news?
Montreal midfielder Ismael Kone has earned a first call-up to the squad after impressing in the MLS.
Dayne St. Clair has been selected as goalkeeping backup, while Alphonso Davies remains out as he recovers from myocarditis.
Stephen Eustaquio and defender Richie Laryea have both been included despite lacking match fitness, while LA Galaxy’s Raheem Edwards is on standby.
For the home side, Randall Leal and Aaron Suarez have both been dropped from the squad.
Ian Lawrence and Carlos Martinez step into the fold, while Joel Campbell and Jose Ortiz will look to supply the goals.
Costa Rica squad
Goalkeepers: Esteban Alvarado (Herediano), Leonel Moreira (Alajuelense), Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain)
Defenders: Francisco Calvo (San Jose), Daniel Chacón (Cartagines), Keysher Fuller (Herediano), Ian Lawrence (Alajuelense), Carlos Martínez (San Carlos), Rónald Matarrita (Cincinnati), Bryan Oviedo (Copenhagen), Juan Pablo Vargas (Millonarios), Kendall Waston (Saprissa)
Midfielders: Brandon Aguilera (Guanacasteca), Jewison Bennette (Herediano), Celso Borges (Alajuelense), Orlando Galo (Herediano), Douglas Lopez (Santos de Guapiles), Alonso Martínez (Lommel), Carlos Mora (Alajuelense), Bryan Ruiz (Alajuelense), Yeltsin Tejeda (Herediano), Youstin Salas (Grecia), Gerson Torres (Herediano)
Forwards: Joel Campbell (Monterrey), Anthony Contreras (Guanacasteca), José Guillermo Ortiz (Herediano), Johan Venegas (Alajuelense)
Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade), Maxime Crepeau (Los Angeles FC), Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United).
Defenders: Sam Adekugbe (Hatayspor), Derek Cornelius (Panetolikos), Cristian Gutierrez (Vancouver Whitecaps), Doneil Henry (Los Angeles FC), Alistair Johnston (CF Montreal), Scott Kennedy (Jahn Regensburg), Richie Laryea (Nottingham Forest), Kamal Miller (CF Montreal), Steven Vitoria (Moreirense).
Midfielders: Stephen Eustaquio (FC Porto), Liam Fraser (KMSK Deinze), Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Colorado Rapids), Ismael Kone (CF Montreal), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC).
Forwards: Tajon Buchanan (Club Brugge), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jonathan David (Lille), Junior Hoilett (Reading), Cyle Larin (Besiktas), Liam Millar (FC Basel), Ike Ugbo (Troyes, on loan from Genk).