CARSON, Calif. – Ante Jazić is expecting a celebration on Sunday night when Canada takes on the United States and it’s one that the 36-year-old Chivas USA left back includes a victory over the arch-rival US.
Jazić and the rest of the Canadian side take on Jurgen Klinsmann’s US national team on Sunday at what promises to be a rocking BMO Field in Toronto. The “friendly” match against the US—which will honor Canadian soccer’s Centenary—will serve as the final tune-up before the nation begins World Cup qualifying on June 8th.
‘We’re looking forward to getting the World Cup qualification process underway and of course, the game against the US,” Jazić told MLSsoccer.com before departing for national team camp. “[The match] is a celebration of 100 years of Canadian soccer so it’ll be a fun time for me personally and the country as well.”
The rivalry has not gone the Canadians way as of late as the US currently owns a 14-game-unbeaten streak. But the Americans have struggled in the past on Canadian soil amassing a 3-6-1 record since the first match back in 1925.
Although the rivalry between the two nations will be heated once the match kicks off on Sunday, Jazić admits the focus for him is on the World Cup qualifiers. The Canadians begin their bid to qualify for first World Cup since 1986 with qualifying matches against Cuba in Havana on June 8th and Honduras at BMO on June 12th.
“It’s special, it’s a nice and it’s a nice rivalry,” said Jazić of the match against the Americans. “It’s a celebration of 100 years of Canadian soccer so I’m sure there will be a good crowd [at BMO Field] and it’s a good tune-up for us to start qualifying.”
To participate in World Cup qualifying would be quite the accomplishment for Jazić, who burst back on the national team last year after last serving as a regular in the Canadian squad in 2007.
“It’s special and it’s rare for someone at my age to be called up to the national team. I appreciate it and I love my time there,” said a smiling Jazić. “So if I get to represent my country, I’ll be ready and if not, then I’ll just be there and be ready for the next stage.”