TORONTO - After two failed attempts to qualify for the World Cup, Canadian midfielder Julian de Guzman couldn't bring himself to watch the tournament on TV.
Over the next few days the FC Dallas player has a chance to move a step closer to being there in person.
De Guzman and his Canadian teammates host Cuba on Friday before heading to Honduras on Tuesday.
The right results and Canada will move on to the final round of qualifying in the region.
De Guzman says the next two games are like finals for Canada.
Panama currently leads Canada's group with nine points. Honduras and Canada have seven while Cuba has none.
The top two teams in the group advance to the final round of qualifying.