Canada vs USMNT: Analysis, reaction, highlights as Canada seals huge win


The USMNT were beaten by Canada in CONCACAF 2022 World Cup qualifying in a frigid Hamilton, Ontario on Sunday, as the Canadians are so close to their first World Cup appearance since 1986.

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Canada are now clear atop the CONCACAF standings and exposed the USMNT’s weaknesses.

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Canada (22 points) sits atop the CONCACAF table after 10 of 14 games, while the USMNT now look unlikely to finish top with four games to go.

Without Alphonso Davies, their best player, and their best midfielder, Stephen Eustaquio, Canada scored early and late as they played on the counter and did a job on the USMNT who only created a few goalscoring opportunities.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Canada vs USMNT. 

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Canada vs USMNT live analysis! – By Joe Prince-Wright

USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter spoke to the media and here were some of his observations of the game.

Safe to say the USMNT fans probably may have not seen things like this…

Oh yeah, and Canada’s Alphonso Davies (their best player) didn’t play due to injury. He’s bloody happy about that win, as you’d expect.

GOALLL! Canada seal the win in the 95th minute as Adekugbe played in and finishes. What a moment. What a win. Canada.

Pulisic has a free kick from distance, as he tries to catch Borjan out but Canada’s goalkeeper bats the ball down and catches it. So tense in Hamilton.

Almost 2-0 to Canada on the break. Amazing play by Hoilett to beat multiple U.S. players and he then finds Adekugbe, who fires just over. Wow.

The USMNT throwing everything at Canada now. McKennie long throws. Arriola’s shot is blocked, then he hits a bicycle kick over. Canada hanging on.

Less than 10 minutes to go. USMNT having so much of the ball. Ricardo Pepi fires a shot over after a long ball into the box. Canada dropping deeper and deeper.

Just over 10 minutes to go.

Junior Hoilett is on for Cyle Larin. The experienced winger will be a real threat on the counter for Canada. Larin has done his job and almost scored another just before he came off. He did very little wrong with his dinked finish.

SUPERB SAVE! Jonathan David has a shot on goal which Matt Turner saves and he then denies the rebound from Larin. That feels like a huge moment. Big, big stop from the USMNT goalkeeper.

Tyler Adams pulls up with what looked like a hamstring issue. Brutal luck for USMNT to lose their captain. Acosta on for him. Zardes and Aaronson off too with Morris and Pepi on.

25 minutes to go. Canada still lead.

First sub of the game after 58 minutes. Fraser in for Kaye. Canada will hope to get a little more control of the ball in midfield. USMNT starting to knock it around nicely now.

The second half is underway. No subs. All very tight. Lots of tough tackles going in.

HALF TIME: Canada 1-0 USA – Yep, the shock (can we even call it that?) is on. Canada haven’t had much of the ball but after scoring early they’ve sat back and the USMNT have had one big chance as McKennie’s header was pushed onto the crossbar. Can Canada keep up this defensive work after their trip to Honduras just a few days ago? An intriguing, and potentially pivotal, second 45 minutes coming up.

And breath.

WHAT. A. SAVE! Weston McKennie’s header is pushed onto the crossbar by Borjan. Brilliant stop from Canada’s goalkeeper and captain. Fantastic corner from Pulisic. What a save, just before half time. Home crowd are almost celebrating like that was a goal.

Christian Pulisic lofts a free kick way over and there are ironic cheers from the home fans. They enjoyed that one. So too did Canada’s Twitter admin.

Some very ‘meaty’ challenges coming in from Canada on the USMNT. Referee is letting a lot go. A lot. Pulisic is hacked by Vitoria to stop a USMNT counter. Canada being very ‘savvy’ to stop the USMNT’s rhythm.

Canada continue to battle away as the USMNT have the majority of the ball. A few corners and a ball over to Pulisic which was well defended, and that is about it for the USA so far.

The USMNT have had plenty of of the ball since going behind, but look a little rattled and are sloppy on the ball. On Canada’s goal, lovely stuff from Larin and David.

GOALLLL! Cyle Larin puts Canada 1-0 up. A fine finish across goal. A horrible defensive mix-up off a goal kick allows Canada to slice right through the USMNT. Could Turner have got to that? Probably not. Tim Hortons Field erupts. What a start for Canada!

Take a look at this.

Christian Pulisic was just caught very late there in midfield. His free kick hits the first man. Pulisic is hobbling around a little. Much to the delight of the home fans…

KICK OFF: We are off in Hamilton!

Well, this is it. All of the build-up is over. All of the talking is done. Is this the day Canada announce themselves as CONCACAF’s top team? Or is this when the USMNT reminds them they are 11th in FIFA’s world rankings for a reason? Anthems are here.

What an atmosphere brewing in Hamilton. The home fans are already creating a lot of noise and we are over 30 minutes from kick off. I mean, they need to stay warm, so I get it. The ‘feels like’ temperature is a balmy 19 degrees, but that isn’t as bad as most expected.

IN TERMS OF THE TEAM NEWS: The USMNT makes two changes from the side which beat El Salvador on Thursday in Columbus. Brenden Aaronson replaces Tim Weah (who wasn’t allowed to enter Canada due to a ruling over his vaccine status despite France considering him fully vaccinated) out wide, while Gyasi Zardes starts up top with Jesus Pereira dropping to the bench. It is a little surprising that Ricardo Pepi is out of the starting lineup once again. Cyle Larin and Jonathan David start up top for Canada, while Atiba Hutchinson drops to the bench with Mark-Anthony Kaye coming in to midfield.

As for the Canadian team, well, they got a heroes welcome and the home fans are fired up ahead of this massive World Cup qualifier. 

The temperature is 25 degrees in Hamilton, Ontario and the USMNT players received a frosty reception as they walked into Tim Hortons Field, affectionately known as the Donut Box.

Hello, and welcome to live analysis of a game we have all been looking forward to for a long, long time: Canada vs USA. 1st vs 2nd. World Cup qualifying. This is going to be epic.

Canada team news, injuries, lineup

Alphonso Davies won’t be joining Canada during the January/February window, but he is the only player to have played during the November window and not been called into the current camp, meaning good health and fitness across the rest of the board.

USMNT team news, injuries, lineup

There were no injuries suffered by the USMNT on Thursday, though they will be without one starter from the victory over El Salvador, as winger Timothy Weah was denied entrance into Canada due to his COVID-19 vaccination status. Weah, who is considered fully vaccinated in France (one vaccine dose plus a previous recovery from the virus), was reportedly scheduled to have his second dose of the vaccine when he contracted the virus, preventing him from receiving dose no. 2 in time (15 days prior) to qualify under Canada’s guidelines. The 21-year-old Lille winger will instead travel to Minnesota ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Honduras.

How to watch Canada vs USMNT live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3:05 pm ET, Sunday (Jan. 30)
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Crystal Palace vs Leicester: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Roy Hodgson is set to make his re-debut as Crystal Palace manager when the Eagles host Leicester at Selhurst Park on Saturday (watch live, 10 am ET on Peacock Premium). 


Patrick Vieira was fired on March 17 after going 11 games without a win (0W-5D-6L) after the calendar turned over to 23, leaving Crystal Palace (27 points – 12th place) closer to the relegation battle than they have any business being. Speaking of having no business being in the relegation battle, Leicester (25 points – 17th place) sit just one point and one place above the bottom-three ahead of Saturday’s trip to south London.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Leicester

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How to watch Crystal Palace vs Leicester live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 am ET, Saturday
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Hodgson came out of retirement to take over until the end of the season, at which point Vieira’s (still to-be-chosen) permanent replacement will take charge with another summer of squad turnover to come. Though they sit nearer to mid-table than the bottom-three heading into matchweek 29, the gap between Crystal Palace and 18th-place West Ham is only three points, meaning they could tumble as far as 17th with another defeat (pending results elsewhere). Wilfried Zaha’s six Premier League goals lead the way for Crystal Palace this season, but the Ivorian international hasn’t scored since Nov. 6 (11 appearances, all starts). Since Zaha’s last league goal, Palace have scored just seven goals in 15 games (1W-5D-7L).

Leicester’s winless run isn’t quite as long as Palace’s (only five games – 0W-1D-4L) since the Foxes inexplicably scored four goals in back-to-back victories over Aston Villa and Tottenham at the start of February. Since then, two goals in five games and three clean sheets against. In fairness, they have faced Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Brentford during the slide, which is perhaps the reason that Brendan Rodgers is still in the job through the recent international break. The other defeat, by the way? It was to last-place Southampton. James Maddison and Harvey Barnes are level on nine goals each, while forwards Patson Daka, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy have combined to score eight PL goals this season.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Sam Johnstone (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Vicente Guaita (hamstring), Joachim Andersen (calf), James McArthur (illness), Nathan Ferguson (undisclosed)

Leicester team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Ryan Bertrand (knee), James Justin (achilles), Youri Tielemans (ankle), Jannik Vestergaard (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Harry Souttar (ankle), Victor Kristiansen (ankle), Jonny Evans (undisclosed)

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Premier League injury news, 2022-23 season


Premier League injury news: It’s time to take a look at which players might be unavailable for matchweek 29 of the 2022-23 Premier League season, due to injury.

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Prior to every matchweek this season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Let’s check out the latest Premier League injury news, below.

Arsenal injuries

OUT: William Saliba (back), Eddie Nketiah (ankle), Takehiro Tomiyasu (knee), Mohamed Elneny (knock) | QUESTIONABLE: Thomas Partey (undisclosed), Kieran Tierney (calf)

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Jed Steer (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Philippe Coutinho (thigh), Matty Cash (calf), Boubacar Kamara (ankle), Leander Dendoncker (undisclosed)

Bournemouth injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Marcus Tavernier (thigh), Illia Zabarnyi (foot), Junior Stanislas (undisclosed)

Brentford injuries

OUT: Kristoffer Ajer (calf), Vitaly Janelt (knee), Keane Lewis-Potter (knee), Shandon Baptiste (suspension) | QUESTIONABLE: Mads Roerslev (thigh)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

OUT: Tariq Lamptey (knee), Adam Lallana (thigh – out for season), Jakub Moder (knee) (undisclosed)

Chelsea injuries

OUT: Thiago Silva (knee), Armando Broja (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Reece James (thigh), Raheem Sterling (hamstring), N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Mason Mount (abdominal), Cesar Azpilicueta (head), Edouard Mendy (shoulder), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (back)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT: Sam Johnstone (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Vicente Guaita (hamstring), Joachim Andersen (calf), James McArthur (illness), Nathan Ferguson (undisclosed)

Everton injuries

OUT: Andros Townsend (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (thigh)

Fulham injuries

OUT: Aleksandar Mitrovic (suspension – MORE), Willian (suspension – MORE), Neeskens Kebano (achilles), Layvin Kurzawa (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Shane Duffy (calf)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Tyler Adams (hamstring – out for season), Stuart Dallas (thigh), Adam Forshaw (groin) | QUESTIONABLE: Wilfried Gnonto (ankle), Maximillian Wober (hamstring)

Leicester City injuries

OUT: Ryan Bertrand (knee), James Justin (achilles), Youri Tielemans (ankle), Jannik Vestergaard (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Harry Souttar (ankle), Victor Kristiansen (ankle), Jonny Evans (undisclosed)

Liverpool injuries

OUT: Thiago Alcantara (hip), Joe Gomez (undisclosed), Stefan Bajcetic (undisclosed), Calvin Ramsay (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Luis Diaz (knee), Darwin Nunez (ankle), Konstantinos Tsimikas (ribs)

Manchester City injuries

OUT: Phil Foden (illness), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Erling Haaland (groin – MORE)

Manchester United injuries

OUT: Casemiro (suspension), Alejandro Garnacho (ankle), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Donny van de Beek (knee), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Raphael Varane (undisclosed), Marcus Rashford (knock), Anthony Martial (hip), Marcel Sabitzer (knee)

Newcastle United injuries

OUT: Miguel Almiron (thigh), Emil Krafth (knee), Ryan Fraser (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), Sven Botman (illness), Anthony Gordon (ankle), Nick Pope (knock)

Nottingham Forest injuries

OUT: Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Scott McKenna (thigh), Willy Boly (thigh), Dean Henderson (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), Omar Richards (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Brennan Johnson (groin), Chris Wood (thigh), Cheickou Kouyate (thigh), Andre Ayew (knee), Serge Aurier (knock), Wayne Hennessey (knee), Ryan Yates (shoulder)

Southampton injuries

OUT: Armel Bella-Kotchap (shoulder), Valentino Livramento (knee), Juan Larios (adductor) | QUESTIONABLE: Che Adams (calf)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

OUT: Rodrigo Bentancur (torn ACL – out for season), Yves Bissouma (foot), Emerson Royal (knee), Ben Davies (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Richarlison (undisclosed), Hugo Lloris (knee), Ivan Perisic (calf), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh)

West Ham United injuries

QUESTIONABLE: Lukasz Fabianski (face), Michail Antonio (calf)

Wolves injuries

OUT: Hugo Bueno (hamstring), Matheus Nunes (suspension), Diego Costa (knee), Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Jonny (suspension), Hee-Chan Hwang (undisclosed), Chiquinho (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Boubacar Traore (groin)

Premier League relegation history – What do the stats tell us about this season?


With nine teams currently separated by four points, from 20th to 12th places, the 2022-23 Premier League relegation scrap is not only set to last until the final day, but the final two months of the season are sure to be one of the wildest roller-coaster rides of all time.

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Three clubs will be relegated from the Premier League (and replaced by three teams from the EFL Championship, of course) at season’s end. Never before have this many clubs been this close to the bottom-three, and the bottom of the table, at this point of a season.

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Below is everything you need to know about the relegation scrap set to unfold over the final eight weeks of the 2022-23 season…

Who are the clubs in this year’s Premier League relegation scrap?

Crystal Palace – 27 points, 12th place
Wolves – 27 points, 13th place
Leeds – 26 points, 14th place
Everton – 26 points, 15th place
Nottingham Forest – 26 points, 16th place
Leicester – 25 points, 17th place
West Ham – 24 points, 18th place
Bournemouth – 24 points, 19th place
Southampton – 23 points, 20th place

What was the magic number to avoid relegation in recent seasons?

2022: 36 points
2021: 29 points
2020: 35 points
2019: 35 points
2018: 34 points
2017: 35 points
2016: 38 points
2015: 36 points
2014: 34 points
2013: 37 points
2012: 37 points
2011: 40 points
2010: 31 points
2009: 35 points
2008: 36 points

When was the last time each club was relegated from the Premier League/top flight?

Fulham: 2021 (promoted 2022 – 1 season in PL)
Bournemouth: 2020 (promoted 2022 – 1 season)
Aston Villa: 2016 (promoted 2020 – 4 seasons)
Newcastle: 2016 (promoted 2017 – 6 seasons)
Wolves: 2012 (promoted 2018 – 5 seasons)
West Ham: 2011 (promoted 2012 – 11 seasons)
Southampton: 2005 (promoted 2012 – 11 seasons)
Crystal Palace: 2005 (promoted 2013 – 10 seasons)
Leeds: 2004 (promoted 2020 – 3 seasons)
Leicester: 2004 (promoted 2014 – 9 seasons)
Manchester City: 2001 (promoted 2002 – 21 seasons)
Nottingham Forest: 1999 (promoted 2022 – 1 season)
Chelsea: 1988 (promoted 1989 – 34 seasons)
Brighton: 1983 (promoted 2017 – 6 seasons)
Tottenham: 1977 (promoted 1978 – 45 seasons)
Manchester United: 1974 (promoted in 1975 – 48 seasons)
Liverpool: 1954 (promoted 1962 – 61 seasons)
Everton: 1951 (promoted 1954 – 69 seasons)
Brentford: 1947 (promoted 2021 – 2 seasons)
Arsenal: 1913 (promoted 1915 – 103 seasons)

How many games remaining between relegation candidates?

There are 23 remaining head-to-head matchups between the nine teams currently in the relegation battle.

Crystal Palace: 8 games (1 against every other team)
Wolves: 4 games
Leeds: 5 games
Everton: 4 games
Nottingham Forest: 4 games
Leicester: 6 games
West Ham: 5 games
Bournemouth: 6 games
Southampton: 4 games

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Indonesia stripped of hosting U20 World Cup by FIFA

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GENEVA — Indonesia was stripped of hosting the men’s U20 World Cup on Wednesday only eight weeks before the start of the tournament amid political turmoil regarding Israel’s participation.

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FIFA said Indonesia was removed from staging the 24-team tournament scheduled to start on May 20 “due to the current circumstances” without specifying details.

The decision came after a meeting in Doha between FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Indonesian soccer federation president Erick Thohir.

Israel qualified last June for its first U20 World Cup. But the country’s participation in Friday’s scheduled draw in Bali provoked political opposition this month.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation and does not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel, while publicly supporting the Palestinian cause.

Indonesia’s hosting was cast into doubt on Sunday when FIFA postponed the draw.

It is unclear who could now host the tournament, which was scheduled to be played in six stadiums in Indonesia. Argentina, which did not qualify for the tournament, is reportedly interested in hosting.

“A new host will be announced as soon as possible, with the dates of the tournament currently remaining unchanged,” FIFA said.

The Indonesian soccer federation could be further disciplined by FIFA. A suspension could remove Indonesia from Asian qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, which starts in October.

FIFA seemed to remove all blame Wednesday from Thohir, the former president of Italian club Inter Milan – the team Infantino supports – and a former co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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FIFA staff will continue to work in Indonesia in the months ahead, the governing body said, “under the leadership of President Thohir.”

Soccer and public authorities in Indonesia agreed to FIFA’s hosting requirements in 2019 before being selected to stage the 2021 edition of the U20 World Cup. The coronavirus pandemic forced the tournament to be postponed for two years.

But Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Tuesday evening that his administration objected to Israel’s participation. He told citizens that the country agreed to host before knowing Israel would qualify.

Israel qualified by reaching the semifinals of the U19 European Championship. The team went on to lose to England in that final.

Israel plays in Europe as a member of UEFA after leaving the Asian Football Confederation in the 1970s for political and security reasons.

FIFA bills the men’s U20 World Cup as “the tournament of tomorrow’s superstars.”

Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba are previous winners of the official player of the tournament award, and Erling Haaland was the top scorer at the 2019 edition.