Playing in a crumbling stadium surrounded by barbed wire, the Canadians were annihilated 8-1 by Honduras Tuesday in San Pedro Sula.
Honduras offensive explosion featured three goals from Jerry Bengtson, two each from Carlo Costly and Mario Martinez, and one from David Edgar.
The loss means Canada fails to move on to the final round of qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Those two spots have been secured by Honduras and Panama, who played lowly Cuba on Tuesday.
Canada has not reached the final qualifying round since 1997. The Canadians can point to their June 12 match at BMO Field as their undoing. In that game, Canada dominated Honduras yet settled to a 0-0 draw. A victory in Toronto would have made Tuesday’s match meaningless.
The Hondurans didn’t make the same mistake. They dominated the match from the onset, continually ripping through Canada’s defence with little resistance and blitzed the Canadians with four goals in the first half.
Bengtson got things going for Honduras in the seventh minute by redirecting a header by Canadian goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld.
Bengtson struck again 10 minutes later, taking advantage of a rebound after Mario Martinez’s shot was stopped by Hirschfeld.
Costly then zapped all of Canada’s will with an emphatic header into the open net in the 29th minute.
Martinez added a cosmetic marker four minutes later. Edgar and Martinez continued the onslaught with second-half goals.
Ian Hume broke through for the Canadians at around the 80th minute, but Bengston marked his third just a few minutes later and Costly heaped on more shame for the visitors.
Once again Canada’s inability to capitalize offensively crippled the team. In the first few minutes of the game, striker Tosaint Rickets was set up beautifully in the penalty area but couldn’t control the pass.
The frustration didn’t end there. Midfielder Julian de Guzman fired a shot off the far post in the 11th minute with the ball bouncing back right to Rickets, whose shot was denied by goalkeeper Donis Escober.