Canada outlast Honduras 2-0, remain undefeated in final round of World Cup qualifying

Jonathan David’s stock in European club soccer continues to rise with goal after goal for Ligue 1 side Lille. And with the Canadian men’s national team, it might have ascended to brave new heights.

In the 73rd minute of what had become a slow, grinding slugfest between Canada and Honduras, David received a sublime, deep pass from midfielder Liam Fraser. With three soft, precise touches, the 22-year-old scored one of the better-looking goals through World Cup qualifying for Canada to seal a 2-0 win for the visitors.

The away win sees Canada stay on top of the table in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with 19 points after nine matches. Canada remain the only undefeated team in the round.

After a few nervy minutes to start the match, Canadian midfielder Tajon Buchanan reminded onlookers why Club Brugge shelled out $7 million to land him in an August transfer. With multiple stepovers, he swarmed into the Honduras box and then sent a cross that bounced off a Honduras defender for an own goal.

Canada’s depth in defense were equally as strong, as Samuel Adekugbe regularly covered ground and Alistair Johnston showed the necessary physicality through long stretches. Yet it was the individual brilliance shown in each of Canada’s goals that might ease the concern, if only slightly, the coaching staff might have over missing Alphonso Davies, out with myocarditis, through this World Cup qualifying window.

(Photo: Wendell Escoto / AFP via Getty Images)


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