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Canada’s CONCACAF Gold Cup run ends with 1:2 loss to Jamaica

Posted on 20 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 1:2 JAMAICA More

Canada rallies around Men’s National Team ahead of CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals

Posted on 19 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-Jamaica match on Thursday 20 July takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ More

Canada will face Jamaica in Thursday quarter-finals at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 17 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Jamaica on 20 July More

Canada adds experience to CONCACAF Gold Cup squad for quarter-finals

Posted on 16 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada adds Cyle Larin More

Canada draw Honduras 0-0 to advance to quarterfinals of 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 15 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 0:0 HONDURAS More

Canada in control heading into final group stage match against Honduras at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 13 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-Honduras 14 July match kicks off at 21.00 local, with a live broadcast on TSN 2 and RDS 2 More

Canada stays atop Group A with impressive 1:1 draw ‎with Costa Rica at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 11 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 1:1 COSTA RICA More

Group leaders Canada, Costa Rica battle in Tuesday CONCACAF Gold Cup clash

Posted on 10 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-Costa Rica 11 July match kicks off at 18.30 local, with a live broadcast on TSN 1, 3, 4 and 5 and RDS More

Canada off to strong start with 4:2 win in CONCACAF Gold Cup opener

Posted on 7 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada 4:2 French Guiana More

Canada ready to make mark at 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 6 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-French Guiana 7 July match kicks off at 19.00 local, with a live broadcast on TSN and RDS More

Canada’s preparations underway at home for the CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 1 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada prepares for CONCACAF Gold Cup More

Canada selects dynamic squad for 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 27 June 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer have announced their official 23-man squad for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup More

Tickets on sale for #CanadaRED international soccer match in Toronto

Posted on 21 June 2017 in Men's National Team

Tickets to the 2 September match are now on sale starting as low as just $20 More

Canada wins three straight on home soil to kick off Summer of Soccer Series

Posted on 14 June 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Curaçao More

Canada's Gold Cup send off set for Tuesday at Stade Saputo

Posted on 12 June 2017 in Men's National Team

The match kicks off at 19.30 ET on Tuesday 13 June More

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team to play Jamaica in Toronto this September

Posted on 11 June 2017 in Men's National Team

Tickets to the 2 September match go on sale 21 June starting at just $20 More

Coach Zambrano confirms squad for home friendly in Montréal

Posted on 9 June 2017 in Men's National Team

23-player roster for the 2017 Men’s International Friendly match on 13 June at Stade Saputo in Montréal More

Canada Soccer welcomes Alphonso Davies as new Canadian

Posted on 6 June 2017 in Men's National Team

Alphonso Davies takes his Oath of Citizenship More

Canada Soccer releases 40-man Provisional List for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 6 June 2017 in Men's National Team

Provisional List for the CONCACAF Gold Cup More

Canada's summer of soccer squad announced for Men's National Team match in Montréal

Posted on 2 June 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada will face Curaçao on 13 June at Stade Saputo More

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Canada took a positive step forward at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but ultimately fell 1:2 to Jamaica at the quarter-final phase. Canada fought valiantly after falling behind 0:2, but couldn't find an equaliser through a series of offensive chances after Junior Hoilett scored his first international goal to cut the lead in half.

MATCH CENTRE & PHOTOS : CANADA v JAMAICA

"I am satisfied with the effort, the players left everything on the pitch. As a coach, you can't ask for more,” said Head Coach Octavio Zambrano. “Definitely the effort and desire to win was there. For that, I am satisfied, but also not satisfied because of the score.”

This marked the first time since 2009 that Canada reached the quarter-final phase of the CONCACAF Gold Cup after a strong group phase in 2017. Canada opened the competition with a 4:2 win over French Guiana and then drew 1:1 with Costa Rica and 0:0 with Honduras in the group phase.

“In a short period of time, the players have understood what we wanted,” Zambrano said. “To play good football and attacking football, they have that in their heads and we need to continue with that idea..”

Canada’s record in 2017 is now three wins, three draws, and just one loss. In 24 international matches since the last CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2015, Canada’s overall record is 10 wins, seven draws, and seven losses.

During the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, seven players made their competitive debuts in official competitions: Fraser Aird, Maxime Crépeau, Alphonso Davies, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Michael Petrasso, and Steven Vitoria.

Hoilett became the fourth Canadian to score his first international goal at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, joining Dejan Jakovic, Scott Arfield, and Alphonso Davies.‎ Across four matches, Canada’s Man of the Match went to Davies, Milan Borjan, Marcel de Jong, and Hoilett‎.

At the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada’s 23-man squad featured an average age of just 26 years old, including 10 players aged 23 or younger. Of the 23 players, 18 of them had previously featured in the Men’s National Youth Program, benefitting from more than 1,600 combined days from the U-15 to U-23 age group.

GOALS
In the 6th minute, Jamaica keeper Andre Blake blasted a goal kick into the Canada half that deflected to Steven Vitoria, bounced off his foot right to Darren Mattocks who beat Vitoria and crossed it to a wide open Shaun Francis who roofed the ball off the cross bar and in.

In the 50th minute, Kemar Lawrence threw the ball into Romario Williams who passed it back to Lawrence and on to Darren Mattocks. Mattocks dished it over to a wide open Williams who took two touches before he unleashed a right footed strike from just outside the box. Borjan got his fingertips to it but it wasn’t enough, Jamaica scored their second.

Junior Hoilett beat Jamaican defender Jermaine Taylor, charged up field, took a neat touch toward the left side and let Taylor and Kevon Lambert run past him. He maintained possession and cranked a bending shot with his right foot from nearly 25 yards out, the ball dipped over Blake into the top corner of the goal.

CONCACAF GOLD CUP
Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000. Since the first edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991, Canada's best finishes are first place in 2000 and semi-final finishes in 2002 and 2007.

CANADA IN TORONTO ON 2 SEPTEMBER

Canada will have the chance to avenge the loss to Jamaica when they host Jamaica in Toronto September 2 at BMO Field in their next competitive fixture. Tickets to the Men’s International Friendly match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at the BMO Field Box Office. As the match takes place during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), all match tickets include free admission to the CNE grounds on match day. The 2 September match kicks off at 19.00 ET with complete ticket details at canadasoccer.com/tickets.

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will have the country behind them when they face Jamaica in the quarter-finals at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Soccer fans from across the country have rallied behind their team through an impressive undefeated streak at the confederation championship.

The Canada-Jamaica match on Thursday 20 July takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The match kicks off at 16.30 local, with a live broadcast on TSN2 and RDS (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT). Fans are encouraged to follow the Men’s National Team across all of Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook.

Canada have a young and dynamic squad, blending both experience and youth to produce an exciting Canadian team in 2017.

“I think collectively the team has done really well,” said Michael Petrasso, Canadian right back. “The young players are out there with no fear and I think that helps the squad. The experienced players can provide the young players that guide because they have been to these competitions before.”

Petrasso is making his competitive debut at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He previously made two international “A” appearances in 2016 before playing all 270 minutes of the group phase of this year’s competition. His goal line save in the dying minutes of the first half of the group finale against Honduras was voted the CONCACAF Play of the Game.

“From that first win, we gained confidence,” said Samuel Piette, Canadian midfielder. “We are a group of players that isn’t afraid: we play with no fear and we push forward to get the result. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are because if you do well in training, you are going to get your chance.”

Like Petrasso, Piette came up through Canadian system and has featured in all 270 minutes for Canada through the group phase. They each benefitted from more than 200 days in Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Youth Program from the U-17 to U-23 level.

This is already Piette’s third CONCACAF Gold Cup, albeit the first time he has played in every match. Back in 2013, he became Canada’s second youngest player at a CONCACAF Gold Cup when he faced Martinique at age 18. This year, 16-year old teammate Alphonso Davies has become both the youngest Canadian player and youngest goalscorer (from any nation) at a CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Davies is one of three Canadians who scored in the group phase, all of whom scored their first international goals. Davies scored twice against French Guiana and once against Costa Rica while both Scott Arfield and Dejan Jakovic scored against French Guiana. Arfield, Lucas Cavallini, and Anthony Jackson-Hamel have all recorded assists.

“It is a great and exciting time for Canada Soccer,” said Octavio Zambrano, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach.

Surrounding Canada’s youth both on and off the pitch are veterans like Patrice Bernier, Milan Borjan, Marcel de Jong, Dejan Jaković, Tosaint Ricketts, and Adam Straith. Ten of Canada’s 23 players have participated in previous editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, including youngsters like Piette, Jonathan Osorio, Russell Teibert, and the recently added Cyle Larin.

CANADA UNDEFEATED IN 2017

Canada are undefeated in 2017 with three wins and three draws, including a 4:2 win over French Guiana, a 1:1 draw with Costa Rica, and a 0:0 draw with Honduras. In 23 international matches since the last CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2015, Canada’s overall record is 10 wins, seven draws, and six losses.

At the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada’s 23-man squad features an average age of just 26 years old, including 10 players who are 23 or younger. Of the 23 players, 18 of them featured in the Men’s National Youth Program, benefitting from more than 1,600 combined days from the U-15 to U-23 age group.

While 13 players are making their CONCACAF Gold Cup debuts, 10 of them are returning from previous editions, including Marcel de Jong who is taking part in his fifth CONCACAF Gold Cup. This combination of experience and youth in the Canadian squad has paid dividends not only on the pitch, but also in the development pathway for some of Canada’s top young talent.

CONCACAF Gold Cup
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the confederation. From 12 nations, the eight teams that play in the 19 and 20 July quarter-finals are: Costa Rica and Panama; USA and El Salvador; Canada and Jamaica; Mexico and Honduras. From that round, four nations will play in the semi-finals on 22 and 23 July and then the top two teams will face each other in the final on Wednesday 26 July.

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000. Since the first edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991, Canada's best finishes are first place in 2000 and semi-final finishes in 2002 and 2007.

CANADA IN TORONTO ON 2 SEPTEMBER
Following the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will return to Toronto to face CONCACAF rivals Jamaica on Saturday 2 September. Tickets to the Men’s International Friendly match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at the BMO Field Box Office. As the match takes place during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), all match tickets include free admission to the CNE grounds on match day. The 2 September match kicks off at 19.00 ET with complete ticket details at canadasoccer.com/tickets.

Undefeated Canada will face Jamaica in the quarter-finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team have reached the knock out phase after finishing second in Group A after a 4:2 win over French Guiana, a 1:1 draw with Costa Rica, and an 0:0 draw with Honduras.

The Canada-Jamaica match on Thursday 20 July takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The match kicks off at 16.30 local, with a live broadcast on TSN and RDS (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT). Fans are encouraged to follow the Men’s National Team across all of Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook.

“We have grown as a group and as a team we have been able to bring into the game certain aspects that we like,” said Octavio Zambrano, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “All in all, it has been a steady progression. Mentally, we believe that we can do this.”

Like Canada, Jamaica have posted one win and two draws at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup to finish second place in their group. In eight international matches this year, Jamaica have posted a record of two wins, three draws, and three losses, with their wins coming against Honduras in February and Curaçao in July. Just two years ago, Jamaica reached the final of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canada are undefeated in 2017 with three wins and three draws. In 23 international matches since the last CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2015, Canada’s overall record is 10 wins, seven draws, and six losses. With an average age of 26 years and 17 players on the current 23 player roster having experience with Canada Soccer’s National Men’s Youth Program, the combination of youth and veterans in the CONCACAF Gold Cup has paid dividends not only on the pitch but in the development pathway for some of Canada’s top young talent.

"The players have convinced themselves that they can play against anybody and hold their own," said Zambrano. "When that happens, then anything is possible. If there has been one thing that has shifted, it is the realisation of how much they can truly achieve if they convince themselves that they can do it."

CONCACAF GOLD CUP
The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the confederation. From 12 nations, the eight teams that play in the 19 and 20 July quarter-finals are: Costa Rica and Panama; USA and Honduras; Canada and Jamaica; Mexico and El Salvador. From that round, four nations will play in the semi-finals on 22 and 23 July and then the top two teams will face each other in the final on Wednesday 26 July.

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000. Since the first edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991, Canada's best finishes are first place in 2000 and semi-final finishes in 2002 and 2007.

CANADA IN TORONTO ON 2 SEPTEMBER
Following the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will return to Toronto to face CONCACAF rivals Jamaica on Saturday 2 September. Tickets to the Men’s International Friendly match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at the BMO Field Box Office. As the match takes place during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), all match tickets include free admission to the CNE grounds on match day. The 2 September match kicks off at 19.00 ET with complete ticket details at canadasoccer.com/tickets.

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