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Canada falls to Haiti in Concacaf Gold Cup Quarterfinals

Posted on 29 June 2019 in Men's National Team

Canada were eliminated from the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup after falling 2:3 to Haiti in a Quarterfinals heartbreaker. Reaching the Knockout Stage for the second tournament in a row, Canada were eliminated after conceding three times in the second half to their Caribbean opponents.

Canada led 2-0 on goals by Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini before Haiti's Duckens Nazon, Hervé Bazile and Wilde-Donald Guerrier reversed the scoreline for their fourth consecutive win at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Canada thought they scored an equaliser just five minutes from full time, but captain Atiba Hutchinson was just offside before he beat the goalkeeper Johny Placide.

"We are all gutted," said John Herdman, Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Head Coach. "We are disappointed in that second-half performance because we gave Haiti everything that they wanted. We've got all the talent here, but at the end of the day Haiti were very direct and made it difficult for us. That was tough.

"It's a young team that is learning and growing, There are some learnings in every loss. For this group to stay together, we need to keep believing in each other, keep believing in what we’ve put together.”

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup has provided Canada with an opportunity to face top Concacaf nations for the first time since 2017, all with an eye on preparing for upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers towards Qatar 2022. Canada won two of four matches and reached the Knockout Stage in back-to-back tournaments for the first time since 2009. Looking ahead to the Fall, Canada will next face Cuba and USA in a four-match home-and-away group series from September through November in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League A, starting with a home match against Cuba on Friday 7 September at BMO Field in Toronto.

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup has provided Canada with an opportunity to face top Concacaf nations for the first time since 2017, all with an eye on preparing for upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers towards Qatar 2022. Canada won two of four matches and reached the Knockout Stage in back-to-back tournaments for the first time since 2009. Looking ahead to the Fall, Canada will next face Cuba and USA in a four-match home-and-away group series from September through November in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League A, starting with a home match against Cuba on Friday 7 September at BMO Field in Toronto.

In the loss, both David and Cavallini scored their seventh goals of the 2019 calendar season, equaling the national record set by Igor Vrablic back in 1985. David also set a Canada record with six goals scored at a Concacaf Gold Cup and is now tied with Dwayne DeRosario and Ali Gerba for the most goals in the Concacaf Gold Cup. In all, Canada scored 14 goals and conceded six in four matches played across four states at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup in Pasadena, California, Denver, Colorado, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Houston, Texas.

Canada’s Concacaf Gold Cup roster featured eight players 22 and younger with seven players attending their first Gold Cup. The average squad age was under 26 years old and the starting lineup for the Quarterfinal match included four players 22 and younger including two teenagers.

“We have a young team and a lot of talent," said Atiba Hutchinson, Canada captain. "This is a learning experience for everybody. We wanted to go into this tournament and make some statements and prove that we are here to play in Concacaf. We wanted to win this tournament but we were unfortunate. We know the qualities that we have, but there are some things to which we have to get better. We will pick ourselves up and move on from this.”

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Canada’s starting XI featured Milan Borjan in goal, Marcus Godinho at right back, Doneil Henry and Derek Cornelius at centre back, Alphonso Davies at left back, and Atiba Hutchinson, Scott Arfield, Jonathan Osorio, Junior Hoilett, Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini from the midfield up through to the attack. In the second half, coach John Herdman replaced Osorio with Mark-Anthony Kaye (64’) and Cavallini with Ashtone Morgan (80’).

Of note, Atiba Hutchinson made his 84th career appearance for Canada, moving him into a tie for second place on the all-time Canada list (tied with Paul Stalteri at 84, trailing Julian de Guzman with 89).

CONCACAF GOLD CUP
The Concacaf Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the confederation. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Concacaf Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture. For the first time, the 2019 Concacaf Gold will feature 16 participating nations, three host countries, and 17 venues. The Concacaf Semifinals are 2-3 July and the championship Final is Sunday 7 July. 
 
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“Following a strong showing in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, we need these tougher tests now,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “The Concacaf Gold Cup will be important for our preparations for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. We have a talented group, but now they will be fully tested in a tournament setting. The team are motivated to do well for Canada.”

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS
Canada are two-time Concacaf champions, having won the Concacaf Championship in 1985 and the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2000. In winning the 1985 Concacaf Championship, Canada qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™; in winning the 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup, Canada qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001.
 
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Canada Soccer's Men's National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won two Concacaf titles: both the 1986 and 1996 Concacaf Men's Youth Championships. Canada have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and six editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

SUMMER OF SOCCER: TOGETHER WE RISE

Canada’s National Teams have embarked on an incredible month of competition during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ and the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Your National Teams are united as “Together We Rise” with the momentum for our game stronger than ever. We urge Canadians to rally behind your National Teams as our Canada Soccer Nation strives for best-ever performances.

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CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE
Beyond the Concacaf Gold Cup, Canada will participate in the first edition of Concacaf Nations League this Fall with Group A matches against USA and Cuba. Canada will play host the Cubans 7 September at BMO Field in Toronto, ON before traveling to play away at Cuba on 10 September. Canada will then host United States at BMO Field on 15 October before playing the away leg in United States on 15 November. The top team in Group A will advance to the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Semifinal while the third-place team will be relegated to League B for the 2020-21 Concacaf Nations League campaign.
 
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Tickets for Canada’s Concacaf Nations League home matches are on sale on Wednesday 19 June at 10.00 ET / 07.00 PT viaTicketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.

Individual match tickets are available starting at just $20 and fans will have the opportunity to save 20% by purchasing a two-match package for both games. Groups of 10+ are eligible for discounts of up to 30% and dedicated sections will be allocated for Canadian supporters as well as those from both Cuba and the United States. For complete ticket information and to submit a group ticket order visit canadasoccer.com/tickets.

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