Canada vs. Aruba in World Cup qualifying: 3 takeaways
Canada's 7-0 win over Aruba was highlighted by a man-of-the-match effort from Mark-Anthony Kaye, a solid debut by Tajon Buchanan, and a fabulous goal from Zachary Brault-Guillard.
One match down, three more to go this month.
Canada's 7-0 win over Aruba on Saturday night puts John Herdman's team a step closer towards the second round of the Concacaf qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Reds' demolition job on Aruba means it only needs a draw against Suriname on Tuesday to advance to the next stage, where they'll face a two-game playoff (likely against Haiti) with a spot in the final round of the Concacaf qualifiers at stake.
Six different Canadian players found the back of the net against Aruba, three registered a pair of assists, and two earned their first caps. Lucas Cavallini bagged a first-half brace to move into a tie with Alex Bunbury for fifth-place in all-time scoring for Canada, while Jonathan David also scored to increase his national team total to 12 goals in 13 games.
Here are my three major takeaways from the game.