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March 30, 2015
March 30, 2015

Canadian men learn identity of first World Cup qualifying opponent

ROSEAU, Dominica _ Canada will start its 2018 World Cup qualifying road against CONCACAF minnow Dominica.

Dominica, ranked No. 181 in the world by FIFA, disposed of No. 201 British Virgin Islands 3-2 on aggregate after a 0-0 tie Sunday.

Canada, ranked 116th, will host Dominica on June 8 at Toronto’s BMO Field. The return leg is June 16.

The Canada-Dominica winner will advance to the third round of CONCACAF qualifying, along with the nine other second-round winners plus Jamaica and Haiti, for another home-and-away series.

Dominica won the first leg 3-2 on Thursday, rallying from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits on two goals from substitute Randolph Peltier and one from Glenworth Elizee.

Eduard Moss and Jordan Johnson scored for the British Virgin Islands.

Both matches were held in Dominica because BVI did not have a suitable venue.

Located about halfway between Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica covers some 750 square kilometres and is home to about 73,500.

Its soccer team is manned by construction workers, students, gardeners and a teacher, among other professions. Coach Shane Marshall, a former Dominica international, drives a taxi.

CONCACAF covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The Associated Press

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