Jacksonville Armada defenseman Karl Ouimette, on loan from the New York Red Bulls, has been called to the Canadian national team roster for Les Rouge's upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Honduras and El Salvador. Canada is sitting in a tie for second with Honduras in their group with four points.
Their first match against Honduras is a big one. When they faced each other last time, Canada avenged an 8-1 embarrassment for the 2014 qualifiers but defeating them 1-0 in Vancouver. Now the venues are reversed. Canada travels to Honduras on September 2nd in one of their biggest games in national team history. The winner puts themselves in the drivers' seat for the Hex starting in November. However, if Canada walks away with a draw, they are still in a great position for advancement.
Each team would have five points going into their final group stage game, but Honduras will have to travel to a hostile Azteca to take on a tough and proud Mexican side, while Canada return home against a very beatable El Salvador side on September 6th. If Canada can outlast Honduras, they will make their first final CONCACAF qualifying round since 1997 (it wasn't even the Hex format that long ago).
At the beginning of the Red Bulls season, Ouimette filled in for an injured Damien Perrinelle by playing in seven matches, recording 582 minutes. Since joining the Armada, Ouimette has almost matched those numbers by playing 527 minutes in six appearances.