The main plus for having this happen is that it will finally get soccer the required attention it needs in this country.
It will also ensure that Canadians who have the opportunity to play with another country will likely opt to play for Canada if they are assured a World Cup berth.
We saw tremendous growth in the sport during the NASL days of the 70's and 80's. Say what you want about the league, but the rule that ensured a minimum amount of North Americans had to be on the pitch gave a whole whack of Canadian and American players top cailber coaching and playing experience against some of the best players in the world. What happened from that? We qualified for the World Cup using mostly NASL trained players.
The MLS does the same thing now, particularly with teams in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. It's disappointing that no Canadians suit up for the 'Caps yet, but with a team like that to shoot for, the growth of the sport in this country will be very easy to follow over the next few years. We are ranked in the 70's by Fifa now. In 2020, we should be at least 20 or 30 spots higher and challenging Mexico and the US when we play them instead of picking the ball out of the back of our net 4 or 5 times and being happy with "playing for the full 90 minutes."
There is very little vision in the views of those who say that Canada doesn't have the World Cup caliber team needed to compete at this level so the bid will be useless. Now? They are absolutley correct. If Canada gets through this round of World Cup qualifying, they will still be a huge underdog to actually get to Brazil. However, given the possibilities a World Cup on Canadian soil provides, we will be a strong, viable competitor in years to come. Mark my words.