The United States and Canada started their journeys in this year's World Baseball Classic with crushing defeats, and the second round in Miami had to seem far away.
It's a lot closer now. In fact, all it takes is one win. But to get that victory, the teams will have to face off against each other.
With Italy already qualified and ready to take its talents to South Beach to get ready for the second round, the first round of Pool D will come down to Sunday afternoon's game.
So who'll it be? The Stars and Stripes or the Maple Leaf?
A sure-to-be-fired-up crowd at Chase Field and on MLB Network and ESPN Deportes will find out, starting with the first pitch at 4 p.m. ET. Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will take the ball for the U.S. against Canada's starter, right-hander Jameson Taillon, a 21-year-old top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
"We want to go to Miami," Team USA second baseman Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds said. "We really want to play for the country. That's what it's all about. So hopefully, we can go out there and just play the game that we did [Saturday], and then we'll be going to Miami."