Losses don’t come much bigger or with more grave consequences for the Canadian men’s team than the one it suffered on a chilly and drizzling Tuesday night at BMO Field.
A shocking 3-2 defeat to Jamaica before an announced crowd of 17, 588 spectators was a devastating gut punch to Canada in its crucial 2023-24 Concacaf Nations League qualifying playoff.
The two-legged series finished 4-4 on aggregate, but the Jamaicans won the series on the away goals rule after losing 2-1 in the first leg at home on Saturday. Tuesday’s win means the Reggae Boyz clinched a berth for the 2024 Nations League finals in Texas in March and next summer’s Copa América (to be hosted across the United States) at the expense of the Canadians who only needed a draw in this return match to qualify for both international competitions.
Canada is eliminated from Nations League contention and would need to win a one-game playoff next March against another Concacaf nation to qualify for the South American championship.
In the latest TFC Republic video blog, we break down Canada's loss to Jamaica and what this setback means to the program.
Watch the video below: