Canada picks up point in Alcúdia
Posted on 15 August 2010 in Men's U-20 TeamCanada remains in third place in Group A at the XXVII Torneo COTIF in Alcúdia, Spain. Canada picked up a single point in a 0:0 draw with Spanish club Valencia CF on Sunday 15 August. Canada created plenty of chances in this second match, but were unable to capitalize, including the last five minutes after Valencia went down to 10 men.
"We created very good scoring chances, but as in the first match, we couldn't bury them," said national U-20 head coach Valerio Gazzola.
In the other group match on Sunday, FC Santos won 4:1 over Equatorial Guinea's U-20 team, giving FC Santos a perfect six points after two matches. Valencia CF has four points while Canada has one point and Equatorial Guinea has no points.
As for the opposite group, on Saturday 14 August, Ecuador's U-20 team won 4:0 over Étoile Lusitana of Senegal while Uzbekistan's U-20 team drew 2:2 with Villarreal CF of Spain. Group B will continue with its second day of matches on Monday 16 August.
Canada's last group match will be Tuesday 17 August against Equatorial Guinea. FC Santos, meanwhile, will face Valencia CF. The top two teams from the group will advance to either the match for third place or the final on Friday 20 August. For Canada and Valencia to tie on four points, Canada needs to win against Equatorial Guinea and needs FC Santos to win against Valencia. As for goal differential, Canada is currently -1 (one goal scored, two goals conceded) while Valencia is +4 (four goals scored, no goals conceded).
Canada's men's U-20 team is participating in the XXVII Torneo COTIF in Alcúdia, Spain from 12-20 August. This is Canada's second tournament of the 2010 season. The Canadian team is currently preparing for next year's 2011 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship. That championship will serve as the qualification route for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011, which runs 29 July to 20 August of next year.