Well, no one got the Friday night they were expecting. But unless you were a part of the Canadian men’s national team, or the group of Voyageurs that made the trek down, at least you were dry.
The first leg of Canada’s CONCACAF Nations League quarter-final, which doubles as a 2024 Copa América qualifier, was set to kick off at 7 p.m. local time but a torrential rain in Kingston all day on Friday turned Jamaica’s Independence Park into an aquarium.
The first suggestion that kickoff was postponed only an hour was laughable. And then kickoff was postponed another hour, to 9 p.m. ET, as CONCACAF prayed to the soccer gods that the water-logged pitch would drain fast enough for a competitive game to actually be played.
CanMNT players kept busy with keepie-uppies in the hallway.
Just after 8:30 p.m. on Friday, CONCACAF finally decided to reschedule the match for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The two teams will fly north for the second leg at BMO Field on Tuesday. Both matches can be seen live in Canada on OneSoccer and FuboTV.
This is interim head coach Mauro Biello’s second international window in charge. Canada were played off the pitch 4-1 by Japan in Niigata in October.
The former Canada U-20 head coach worked as an assistant to John Herdman during CanMNT’s World Cup qualifying campaign and at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 51-year-old was handed the head coaching reigns this summer when Herdman left the national program to become Toronto FC’s next head coach.