Canada Soccer back to World Cup for the 1st time since 1986
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Canada Soccer back to World Cup for the 1st time since 1986

The long wait is finally over for Canadian soccer fans. That's because Canada Soccer is back to World Cup for the first time since 1986. The Canada National Team has been downright sensational in World Cup qualifying and things were finalized for their trip to Qatar on Sunday night. All Canada needed was a draw against Jamaica, but they decided to take things to a new level instead.

In that contest against Jamaica, Canada was able to record a 4-0 win. This was a convincing win for the team, as they're now up to 28 points in the CONCACAF table. Following that victory, they're three points ahead of second-place USA in the table. In the victory on Sunday, Canada's goal were scored by Cyle Larin, Tajon Buchanan, Junior Hoilett and Adrian Mariappa.

In dominant fashion, Canada recorded 20 total shots, with nine of them being on target. Defensively too, the Canadians were on point, limiting Jamaica to only one shot on target and two total shots. That speaks to how fantastic the team was. Now moving forward, soccer fans will consistently be checking the best rated Canadian sportsbooks to check out the team's odds for the World Cup.

There's still some final spots to be solidified across the world, with people ready to see who else will qualify from CONCACAF. Canada has locked in one of the automatic spots, while it's looking like the USA and Mexico could potentially grab the other two. After missing out on the World Cup in 2018, there's been plenty of pressure on the USA to get back to the global stage and they're well on their way.

Canada has been without star left back Alphonso Davies since January

What's been impressive about this late World Cup qualifiers run is that Canada has been without star left back Alphonso Davies since January. After testing positive for COVID-19, Davies has been dealing with a bout of myocarditis. Because of this, he also hasn't been able to play for Bayern Munich. Despite that, Davies has been through the roof in supporting his teammates, which has been great to see.

Because of his incredible speed, Davies is considered one of the best left backs in the world. The hope is that he can get himself healthy for when the World Cup rolls around, but neither Canada nor Bayern Munich is going to rush to get him back. The last thing anyone wants to see is him return too quickly and further complicate his health. Because of this, Canada will surely take its time.

“I’m giving it my all," Davies said in a recent interview with the Bayern site on his recovery and time away from game-time action. "I’m working closely with the medical department and the rehab staff. And I’m training very, very hard with and without the ball. Lots of running, strength training. I hope I can soon be back helping the team."

Even without Davies in the mix, Canada has been able to record some fantastic performances and the fans couldn't be happier. This team hasn't been in the World Cup since 1986, but the coaching staff has done tremendous work in elevating things to the next level. Now, people will be able to see Canada in Qatar, as these athletes will look to make plenty of noise and surprise soccer fans on the global stage.

Oddsmakers aren't taking Canada too seriously for the World Cup

As excited as fans are for this qualification, the oddsmakers aren't taking Canada too serious for the World Cup later this year. That's because as of right now, Canada will enter with World Cup odds of 101.00 odds to win it all. That number tells you that people don't think Canada will even come close to lifting the trophy. If anything, the oddsmakers don't even think Canada will get out of the group stages.

The heavy hitters are at the top when it comes to the best World Cup odds, as Brazil, France, England, Spain, Germany and Argentina make out the Top six. With it being more than 30 years since Canada has qualified for the World Cup, it's easy to understand why there's little faith in this team going on a serious run. However, the Canadians believe in their abilities moving forward.

"We had some road bumps and we needed some road bumps,”Canada coach John Herdman said after the win over Jamaica. “I think this country, they never believed in us because we have given them nothing to believe in. They believe now and I think if we all get behind each other, this is the time to get behind football and unite because we could be a powerhouse.”

Herdman knows just how great his guys can be. No one expected them to be at the top of the CONCACAF table, but they've silenced all their haters with such great performances. Now, Canada will be ready to do more of the same over in Qatar despite the Canadians' low soccer odds. This team has monster potential. We'll have to wait and see just how far they can end up going in the tournament.