Canada fails to qualify for Concacaf Nations League

The Canadian men’s team won’t be playing in the continental tournament next year after Tuesday’s home loss to Jamaica.

Canada fails to qualify for Concacaf Nations League
  • Canada 2 (Davies 25’; Koné 69’), Jamaica 3 (Nicholson 62’, 66’; De Cordova-Reid 78’) 
  • Canada finished 2023 with 5 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws 
  • Canadians suffered their 1st loss at BMO Field since 2010 

TORONTO – The immediate future of the Canadian men’s team looks pretty bleak. 

Canada suffered a shocking 3-2 loss to Jamaica in the decisive leg of its Concacaf Nations League qualifier on a drizzling Tuesday night before an announced crowd of 17, 588 at BMO Field, a result that was an absolutely brutal outcome for the home side.

The two-legged Nations League playoff finished 4-4 on aggregate, but the Jamaicans won the series on the away goals rule. That means the Reggae Boyz clinched a berth for the 2024 Nations League finals and next summer’s Copa América that'll be hosted by the United States at the expense of the Canadians who only needed a draw on Tuesday to qualify for both competitions. 

Canada is eliminated from Nations League contention and would need to win a one-game playoff next March against Trinidad & Tobago in order to advance to the Copa.