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Differences between CanMNT and USMNT laid bare in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier

When they took up their respective roles in 2018, John Herdman and Gregg Berhalter were tasked with changing perceptions of two nations’ football.

At the time of this writing, Canada and USA sit first and second in the Concacaf World Cup qualifying table, ahead of regional giants Mexico in third, as well as the 2018 qualifiers. , Costa Rica and Panama.

There is plenty of talk about how far the USMNT can go in the next two World Cups after missing out on Russia 2018. As for the CanMNT, the wider sphere of football is finally starting to take notice after decades in the shadows.

But Sunday’s clash between the two sides cast a stark light on where these two nations stand on their respective roadmaps.

The United States had only lost to Canada once since 1985 and on paper they are the most talented team in North America. Their starting line-up featured the likes of Juventus, Chelsea, RB Leipzig and Valencia.

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