Canada qualifies for the Quarterfinals at 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup
Posted on 24 June 2019 in Men's National Team
Canada took care of business with a record-setting performance in the group finale at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Canada won 7:0 over Cuba with hat tricks by both Lucas Cavallini and Jonathan David, the first-ever double hat trick performance by a Men’s National Team attacking duo. Junior Hoilett also scored for Canada.
The win earns a place in the Quarterfinal stage of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup to be played 29 June in Houston, TX. Across three group stage matches, Canada finished with six points and a 2-0-1 record, defeating Martinique 4:0, losing to Mexico 3:1, and winning 7:0 over Cuba. The Cuba victory set a Canada record for goals in a Concacaf Gold Cup match. Canada will face Cuba again in ten weeks when it hosts them in the Concacaf Nations League A home match to be played at BMO Field on 7 September in Toronto.
“I’m proud of the boys. It was one of those games where we had to take it to them and really keep our tempo high. We came in at halftime and there was a record here that we wanted to get the most goals at a Gold Cup,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men National Team Head Coach. “I think they enjoyed it. They were focused, they got the job done by half time. It’s just a great night to see seven goals go in at a Gold Cup, just proud and hopefully kids back home enjoyed watching some of their heroes back home. We’ve just got to focus on what’s next. They’re ready and we just have to keep moving in the right direction.”
Canada awaits the final results from Group B to determine who they will meet in the Quarterfinal round. Mexico defeated Martinique 3:2 on 23 June in the Group A finale in Charlotte, NC while Costa Rica and Haiti will battle on 24 June in Harrison, NJ to determine first place in Group B. Canada will face Costa Rica or Haiti on 29 June at 19:00 ET LIVE on TSN and RDS.
“Good result, good atmosphere. We always knew what our goal was coming into this tournament, we just want to continue to be positive, recover well and be ready for our Quarterfinal match,” said centre back Doneil Henry. “I think our defence made it possible. We know what kind of quality we have up front, we have to be disciplined and patient. Credit to Cuba, they came out here with a lot of pride. We have a lot of respect for these guys as an opponent. We’re really excited for what we’ve got next. Every time we step on the pitch it’s an opportunity to show well for our country. While I’m here I want to continue to be positive and stay true to my colours.”
Canada showed their quality in the first half pushing wing backs up the pitch and moving the ball well through the midfield to find wide backs in space and in advanced positions up the pitch. Scott Arfield and Junior Hoilett frustrated the Cuban midfield and backline and Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini were a threat throughout the half. David’s opening goal came through the backline as Derek Cornelius stepped forward and played a long ball up the wing to Junior Hoilett. After taking his space, Hoilett played a ball on a platter for David who sidefooted the ball into the Cuban goal.
After a spell of physical play, Lucas Cavallini exerted his presence and scored three consecutive goals. His first goal came after a Cuban backline mistake nearly resulted in an own goal with Cavallini ensuring the ball was over the line after it went off the post in the 21’. Just before half, Cavallini struck again off a David pass initiated by Alphonso Davies inside the six yard box in the 44’. Cavallini lept into the air and kicked out to nick it into the Cuban goal. Cavallini’s third goal came a minute into added time when he slid in the box to bury Davies’ pass off a wide left rush.
Early in the second half, Davies went on a long run with David trailing to allow for an overload in the Cuban box. Davies played the ball into the path of David who turned it on goal but it ricocheted before Junior Hoilett put it behind for Canada’s fifth in the 50’.
David added more goals to his first half opening marker scoring at 71’ and 77’. Off a Jonathan Osorio corner in the 71’, the ball fell to Scott Arfield atop the box whose shot bounced off a defender to the top of the box where David was waiting to drive it home. Just six minutes later, David was at it again pressuring the Cuban defence and shielding the player off the ball which Hoilett picked up and played to David who earned his hat trick.
David is currently the top scorer in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup with five goals. He has a total of nine goals and five assists in seven matches with the Men’s National Team. Cavallini has scored four goals in the tournament and has a total of nine goals and one assist over 14 matches for Canada. 2019 marks the first year that two players have had six or more goals with David and Cavalinni each registering six this year.
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 Scott Arfield, Samuel Piette, Jonathan Osorio, Jonathan David, Junior Hoilett and Lucas Cavallini from the midfield up through to the attack. In the second half, coach John Herdman replaced Henry with Kamal Miller (61’), Cavallini with Ashtone Morgan (61’), and Davies with Liam Millar (70’).
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.
Beyond the Concacaf group phase, the top-two teams from each group will advance to the Quarterfinal matches on 29-30 June. The Concacaf Semi-finals are 2-3 July and the championship Final is Sunday 7 July.
“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.”
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>
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.
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.
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.
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.