Canada M17 closes out camp with second draw in Costa Rica
Posted on 14 February 2013 in Men's U-17 Team
Canada’s Men’s U-17 Team finished off its 10-day February 2013 camp with a second consecutive 1:1 draw against Costa Rica in a friendly at the National Training Centre in San Jose, Costa Rica on 14 February.
Striker Andrew Gordon scored his second goal in as many games in the 44th minute to give the young Canadians the lead but the host Costa Ricans answered back with a goal from a penalty in the 72nd minute.
Head Coach Sean Fleming was pleased with the way his players endured some difficult conditions during a wet and rainy match to deliver a mature performance.
“We were solid in all aspects of our game,” said Fleming following the match.
“I thought our players dealt well with some heavy-rain conditions and showed great composure throughout the full 90 minutes.
“We managed to maintain our focus and applied our game model. There were also a number of encouraging personal performances.”
The Canadian U-17 players will now head back to their respective clubs before the team reassembles for a brief camp ahead of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Panama in April.
“It’s critical that the players go back to their home environments and continue to train as effectively as possible,” said Fleming.
“I have had the chance to see some of the opposition we will come up against in qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup – and there will be some real quality sides at the tournament.
“We will need to be at our best to book a spot at UAE 2013.”
Canada will head to Panama in April hoping to book one of four CONCACAF spots at the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013.