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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Most visitors to Puerto Rico have sun and sand on their minds, but the Canadian mens soccer team has a much different focus. Four days after dispatching St. Lucia 4-1 in Toronto, Canada continues its World Cup qualifying campaign Tuesday in the San Juan suburb of Bayamon. The Canadians are the highest ranked team in the group at 102. St. Kitts, which tied the Puerto Ricans 0-0 in its first group game Friday sits at 122, followed by Puerto Rico (144th) and finally St. Lucia (184th). Despite the ranking, Canadian head coach Stephen Hart says the Puerto Rico could pose the biggest threat to his team. "I think if you look at the team, they have about six or seven players that play at one club," said Hart at the teams hotel prior to Mondays training session. "That means the working relationships are very good." Despite Canadas clear talent advantage, the heat could be a great equalizer Tuesday. Temperatures have been pushing 40 C with the humidity and there is little respite in the evenings. "It was almost 30 degrees (Sunday) night at nine oclock at night," said Hart. "We have to be sensible about possession when we go forward and how many numbers we throw forward. Weve got to manage the game much better than we did in the first game." Despite the differences in climate, there are some similarities in how soccer is viewed in the two countries. Much like in Canada, soccer is the sport with the most participation Puerto Rico. And just as hockey dominates the spotlight in Canada, in Puerto Rico, soccer lags behind baseball, volleyball and basketball. Its likely more of the islands sports fans will paying attention earlier in the day Tuesday when the Puerto Rican basketball team plays Canada at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament. Despite the lack of attention, Puerto Rican soccer has been developing over the past few years. The Puerto Rico Islanders of the North American Soccer League, the same league as the Montreal Impact and Edmonton FC, includes many national team members and is a regular participant in the CONCACAF Champions League. Other Puerto Rican teams have been playing in the U.S. professional soccer hierarchy and the fledgling domestic league is expected to expand, allowing for the creation of a promotion and relegation system as the league grows from one to two divisions. With a population of close to four million, there is also growing talent pool to draw from. "They have sort of a wide base to choose from, not just from the island but they have a huge population in the United States and players developing there," said Hart. "They dont have the opportunity to play for the U.S. so theyll opt to play for Puerto Rico. I think theyre progressing quite well." Hart also points to the appointment of Costa Rican Jeaustin Campos Madriz as the national team coach as a sign of growth. 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