TORONTO – Canada’s World Cup-bound men’s soccer team earned a standing ovation during the Toronto Raptors game Monday.

Twenty-three players took centre-court with high-fives from The Raptor mascot following a video tribute.

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The Canadians were coming off a thrilling 4-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday at a chilly BMO Field that clinched just the country’s second World Cup berth in history, and first since 1986.

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The Canadian men are 14-1-4 over three rounds of CONCACAF action and conclude qualifying play Wednesday in Panama.

The Raptors hosted the Boston Celtics on Monday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 28, 2022.

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