Canada foundered at this very stadium four years ago, losing 3-1 in a game that eliminated it from advancing.
This latest exit will be hard to wash away
“It’s going to stay with me a long time,” added McKenna.
The Canadians have not made the final round of qualifying in CONCACAF since 1997 when they went 1-6-3 to finish last.
Canada’s only trip to the World Cup came in 1986, when it failed to win or score a goal.
In the other Group C game Tuesday, Panama (3-1-2) drew Cuba (0-5-1) 1-1 and finished first in the group.
This qualifying round went fairly smoothly for Hart’s team. Canada took maximum points from Cuba and defeated Panama 2-0 at BMO Field. But the team failed to convert scoring chances in a 0-0 home tie with Honduras and underperformed in a 2-0 loss in Panama City.
Hart’s offence sputtered for much of the round, a problem that was exacerbated when playmaker Dwayne De Rosario went down in Panama with a long-term knee injury. There was no shortage of chances, but the finishing wasn’t there. Prior to last Friday’s 3-0 win over a weakened visiting Cuban side, the Canadians had scored just two goals in four matches, trying them with Antigua and Barbuda for second worst in the round.
Defence had been sound, however, prior to the San Pedro Sula collapse. Canada posted shutouts in four of the first five matches in this round.
Canada is currently ranked 61st in the world by FIFA. Honduras is No. 66, while Panama is No. 43 and Cuba in No. 146.
Canada’s rating puts it sixth in CONCACAF, one spot ahead of Honduras.
The Hondurans have made the World Cup twice, in 1982 and 2010.
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