Here's how Canada can qualify for the World Cup next week

Denil Maldonado had a 10th minute own goal followed by a highlight reel Jonathan David goal in the second half as Canada shut out Honduras 2-0 to stay atop of the table in World Cup qualifying.

Not only did the Canadian men's national soccer team record a huge 2-0 win in Honduras on Thursday night, it got help on the out-of-town scoreboard.

As a result, there is a chance -- albeit slim -- that Canada could nail down a spot in the 2022 World Cup next week.

Here's what has to happen:

• Canada must beat the United States in Hamilton on Sunday and then record a road win against El Salvador on Wednesday.

• Panama must do no better than recording one tie in its next two games (vs. Jamaica on Sunday and at Mexico on Wednesday).

• Costa Rica must lose one of its two games (at Mexico on Sunday and at Jamaica on Wednesday).

Even if Canada does not secure a spot next week, it is in great shape.

Each Concacaf team has three games left in late March after this window. Canada is five points up on fourth-place Panama with the top three teams earning direct berths to the Qatar World Cup (Nov. 21-Dec. 17).

The fourth-place team will face the winner of the Oceania region in June for another World Cup spot.


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