[Looking for the SECOND leg of this qualifying series? Our HtW for that match is here.]
If you made the decision to fly to the Caribbean just to be sure to catch whatever minutes are afforded the New York Red Bulls' fourth-choice center back by his national team - congratulations, you lead a life characterized by good decisions. For the rest of us, a little bit of luck or a lot of Twitter is the best bet.
Windsor Park in Roseau is primarily a cricket stadium - just last week it was hosting the West Indies' capitulation to Australia. It can handle around 12,000 spectators, but it would be a surprise to see anywhere close to that number in the stands for a mid-week football match the home team is widely expected to lose.
The Dominica national team is not expected to trouble Canada greatly: this is a side that historically struggles to qualify for the Caribbean Cup, let alone the Gold Cup or the latter stages of World Cup qualifying.
The squad is mostly drawn from local clubs, though 'keeper Glenson Prince signed for TT Pro League outfit San Juan Jabloteh last September. Striker Julian Wade has the distinction of being regarded as Dominica's "first professional footballer". He is 24 years old and only playing for his home country because changes to rules governing national team eligibility rendered him unable to continue his international career with Montserrat, for whom he was playing when he caught the eye of TT Pro League team Caledonia AIA.
The Dominicans will hope home advantage at least keeps this first leg close enough that there is still some hope alive for their trip to Canada for the second leg on June 16. The advantage may come more from familiarity with what it takes to play on the outfield of a cricket stadium than the weather. Yes, it is hot in the Caribbean; no, it is not often as hot in Canada - but the Canadian squad is hardly unfamiliar with the concept or experience of sunshine and humidity.
Tesho Akindele plays for FC Dallas in MLS; Cyle Larin plays for Orlando City SC; Nana Attakora makes his living with NASL's San Antonio Scorpions; Samuel Piette is based in Spain; Julian de Guzman has also played professionally in Southern Europe and Texas: the Canadian players are mostly well-traveled pros.
So Canada is a heavy favorite in the this match. Anything less than a comfortable win for the visitors will be a surprise, and to Dominica's credit.
If we are able to watch this match, it will also be to Dominica's credit. As described by our colleagues at Waking the Red, Canada Soccer is currently seeking a new broadcast partner. There are no formal arrangements in place to broadcast this match in North America. There is, however, a plan to try to livestream the game on the internet - but it has been advised it isn't possible to say whether this will work out until the attempt is made on game day.