The USMNT weren’t able to defeat Canada during World Cup qualifying but were still able to beat their neighbors to the north en route to winning the Gold Cup in 2021.
With another trophy on the line, Callaghan’s left with decisions to make but he does have considerable depth in his 23-man roster to try and limit a formidable attack that includes Jonathan David, Cyle Larin, Alphonso Davies, and Tajon Buchanan.
However, after surprisingly topping the North American World Cup qualifying standings and claiming a win and draw over the Americans in their last two head-to-head matches, Canada will feel they have what it takes to topple the USA off its perch.
While Canada were able to get past Panama, it wasn’t an easy victory by any sense of the term. Canada’s midfield allowed too much space in midfield for Panama to play through. Allowing the United States to create similar chances won’t end well for Canada, but after getting minutes under his belt.
On the other side of the equation, Canada are undoubtedly as talented as they’ve ever been and hungry to earn themselves a huge accomplishment. With the ever-dangerous Jonathan David leading the line and the dynamic Alphonso Davies ready to make an impact either from the start are off the bench, this is shaping up to be a final to remember.
But the Americans are the defending Nations League champions and they’re the higher-ranked side (No. 13 to no. 47) and clear betting favorites in this game. Still, Canada will give them a run for their money.