3 big questions facing Canada ahead of Copa América qualifier

Canada needs to beat Trinidad and Tobago in Texas on Saturday in order to qualify for this summer's Copa América.

3 big questions facing Canada ahead of Copa América qualifier

It's do-or-die time for the Canadian men's team.

Canada failed to book its spot at this summer's Copa América, which will be hosted in the United States, after losing its two-match aggregate series vs. Jamaica last November on the away goals rule.

In doing so, interim coach Mauro Biello's side faces a one-game playoff against Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The winner between No. 50 Canada and No. 96 Trinidad advances to the Copa América. Should the Canadians win, they'll play in Group A alongside Argentina (June 20 in Atlanta), Peru (June 25 in Kansas City) and Chile (June 29 in Orlando). The Canada-Argentina contest would be the opening match of the 16-nation tournament. 

But if the Reds lose, they'll miss the chance to compete in one of the biggest and most important tournaments on the international calendar. Qualifying for the Copa América is hugely important for Canada as it needs to face elite opposition on a regular basis in its buildup to co-hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup with the U.S. and Mexico.

Here are three big questions facing the Canadians ahead of Saturday's tilt with the Soca Warriors.