TORONTO, Ontario. July 21 (T90) – After many years of disappointment, Canada have finally impressed at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Canadian national team ended their run on Thursday, after the team was eliminated by falling 2:1 in the quarter-finals against Jamaica at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Despite the result, coach Octavio Zambrano’s team have a lot to be happy for – scoring goals, advancing from the group and playing some good soccer.
Canada started the tournament off with a bang, winning their first group stage encounter by a 4:2 scoreline with French Guiana. It was also Alphonso Davies’ proper introduction to the international scene. The 16-year-old fired two goals to help lead the Canadian side to victory.
Zambrano’s side next found themselves with two draws, 1:1 with Costa Rica and 0:0 with Honduras. While it may not be much, it was in fact enough to get Canada to advance from the group stage and get into the quarter-finals – a feat Canada had not accomplished since 2009.
In the quarter-finals, Canada faced Jamaica, who had a quick and smart team that forced Zambrano’s team to their limits. Jamaica struck first and kept a healthy 2:0 lead until the 60th minute, where Hoilett pulled one back in the 61st minute with an equally spectacular effort of his own.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough with Canada losing 2:1 and being knocked out.
Regardless of the result, the Canadian national team shown that they do have potential and progress is happening ever since Octavio Zambrano’s arrival in March.
Now the Canucks certainly have something positive to build up from for the next CONCACAF Gold Cup – as expectations there will now be much greater.
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