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Canada defeats U.S. in Hamilton to remain unbeaten on impressive World Cup qualifying runCyle Larin shot his way into the record book and Canada continued its march towards Qatar 2022 with a 2-0 win over the U.S. in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying play Sunday.

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Larin, Adekugbe each score as team moves closer to 1st World Cup berth since 1986

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Canada continued its march to the World Cup in Qatar on Sunday, bundling the 11th-ranked United States out of its way in a 2-0 victory.

With four games remaining in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, the 40th-ranked Canadian men are turning heads while turning aside all comers in the region. Unbeaten Canada is on the verge of booking its ticket to soccer's world showcase for the first time since 1986 — and only the second time ever.

But with a game in El Salvador looming on Wednesday, coach John Herdman is not looking too far ahead — yet.

"We've got a long way to go. We're not qualified yet," he said. "The first thing we said when we brought the boys together at the end of the game is, 'It's not done. It starts again — tomorrow. We've got El Salvador.

"We're not there yet. We need some more points. I won't let these boys off the hook. They'll get a little bit of time to enjoy the moment and then we're back at it. And we've got to keep staying humble. Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves."

WATCH | Canada closing in on World Cup qualifying with win over U.S.: 

Canada closes in on World Cup qualifying with win over U.S.

18 hours agoDuration 2:05The Canadian men's national soccer team is poised to go to the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after a win against the United States on home turf.2:05

El Salvador can't be looking forward to the Canadian men's visit. Canada (6-0-4, 22 points) has won five straight, tops the eight-team standings and boasts a 12-0-4 record in three rounds of qualifying.

Also Sunday, No. 63 Panama won 3-2 at home over No. 57 Jamaica, No. 49 Costa Rica played No. 14 Mexico to a 0-0 draw in Mexico City, and No. 70 El Salvador edged No. 76 Honduras 2-0 on the road in San Pedro Sula.

The Canadians went ahead early on a chilly afternoon Sunday at Tim Hortons Field with an opportune goal through Cyle Larin and then stood their ground, bending but not breaking as the Americans — who had 64 per cent possession — probed the home defence without success.

WATCH | Larin sets Canadian men's scoring record with early goal:

Adekugbe's strike seals Canada's win over Americans

22 hours agoDuration 1:27Sam Adekugbe turned on the jets to give Canada a 2-0 win over the United States in Hamilton.1:27

It came down to Canada finishing chances and the Americans unable to take theirs. Still, it made for a tense finale as the U.S. pressed hard through five minutes of extra time.

Sam Adekugbe added the insurance goal in the 95th minute, on a solo rush, after the Americans were caught deep in the Canada end. It was his first goal in 26 international appearances.

WATCH | Adekugbe's 95th-minute goal seals it for Canada: 

Larin's game-winning goal sets Canadian men's scoring record

22 hours agoDuration 1:23Cyle Larin's strike in the 7th minute propelled Canada past the United States and set the Canadian men's record with 23 international goals.Larin strikes twice as Canada ascends to top of World Cup qualifying group with win over Mexico

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