Canada wraps up U-18 camp
Posted on 28 January 2011 in Men's U-20 TeamCanada’s men’s U-18 team wrapped up a 10-day camp in San José, Costa Rica. The team played one exhibition match against a local club team and two international matches against Costa Rica’s U-18 team.
Canada fell 0:2 in the first international match on 25 January. The team drew 1:1 in the second match on 27 January.
"For the teams first international match it was an eye opener to many of the players as to the standard and speed of play," said Canadian head coach Valerio Gazzola. "As for our play, we created many scoring opportunities, especially in the second half, but were unable to finish them."
Included in those chances was a free kick that hit the crossbar early in the first half. Jonathan Lao took the free kick, but the Canadians in the box failed to covert the rebound.
"We gave up two unfortunate and preventable goals. Players will have to learn very quickly that at this level, you must capitalize on scoring opportunities."
In the second match, Costa Rica scored first in the 70th minute, but then Dino Gardner equalised just ten minutes later in the 80th minute. Ben Fisk made the cross and Gardner finished for a 1:1 draw.
All 20 Canadian players saw action in the two international matches.