Canada M23 opens CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers with 1:3 loss to favourite USA
Posted on 2 October 2015 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23
Canada opened the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifiers against USA, but fell 1:3 in the first of the three group matches. The team will have a day to recover before facing Panama on 3 October (14.30 ET / 11.30 PT).
USA leads the group with three points after the opening day, while Cuba and Panama are even with a single point each after a 1:1 draw. Both matches were played at Sporting Park in Kansas.
Canada needs to finish among the top two teams in the group against USA, Panama, and Cuba. Despite the loss, the team still has 180 minutes to play to capture points for a spot in the semi-final phase.
"We have to do much of the same in the next game: to play well on attack, to take advantage of centering pieces, and to defend correctly," said coach Benito Floro. "It is important to believe in our system, because in reality the team played well and controlled many parts of the game, but just needed to score more goals."
All Canada matches at the CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifiers will be broadcast live nationwide on TLN & streamed on canadasoccer.com via CanadaSoccerTV. TLN, as Canada’s most watched ethnic specialty channel, is available on all major cable systems and satellite platforms. To find TLN in your area visit http://tlntv.com/channel-listings
Fans can follow the team throughout the tournament on Twitter @CanadaSoccerEN and contribute to the conversation using #canM23. Video reactions and post-match reports will also be posted regularly to canadasoccer.com and CanadaSoccerTV.