broke its 16-game winless streak and gained a level of respectability from its come
from behind 3-1 win against Jamaica at BMO Field in
Toronto. The Canucks had the momentum on the
slick field which seemed to have affected the
early play of the Reggae Boyz. But
the fast playing surface was not the only area
of concern for Jamaica German coach Winfried Schäfer.
He was missing key players, and faced the
experience of Julian De
Guzman, Atiba Hutchinson and Patrice Bernier in
Canada’s midfield. From the opening whistle they were an instant headache
for him and the Jamaica team. As a result
122nd ranked Canucks began the game
structurally better than the 85th ranked
In spite of Canada's advantage in the
positional play it was the Reggae Boyz which
looked the more dangerous of the two on offense
gave the Jamaica fans the first opportunity
to celebrate. It was from Defender Kemar Lawrence free
kick that sailed over the Canada wall of defenders
that gave Jamaica the early 1-0 lead. But Jamaica
celebration was short lived.
equalized from a half volley just one minute
His grounder found its way through heavy traffic
corner and managed to beat the outstretched hands of
goalkeeper Andre Blake in the Jamaica net.
timing of the equalizing goal was critical for
Canadian supporters to have gotten into the game
and for their team to pick up the tempo.
It was nice
to watch the home fans at BMO Field
participating in a goal celebration. The 12,000+
fans at the International game was a
far cry from the customary 22,000+ at Toronto FC
games but at the least they went away happy with
also tuned out to be a much needed win for Canada
Spanish Head Coach Benito Floro
celebrated a double whammy. It was his first
outing at BMO Field and his first match against
a CONCACAF opponent.
the Jamaica friendly on Tuesday
had been outscored 9-2 since he took
that was not sitting well with Canadians
fans who are still struggling to get over the
team humiliating 8-1 loss to Honduras in the
world cup qualifiers two years ago.
Canada had scored just one
goal in thirteen (13) games and three goals in
its previous 15 outings under Floro.
While the win against Jamaica ended Canada
16-game winless streak Canada’s problem is
still in its inability to convert scoring
chances on a consistent basis.
Canada started better than Jamaica but luckily
it was Jamaica which squandered several
good scoring chances this time around.
it was not Jamar Loza missing
a header wide, it was Alvas Powell missing from
well inside the box to let Canada off the hook
in the second half.
price Jamaica paid was Marcel De Jong winning goal in the
68th minute that gave Canada a (2-1) lead it never
relinquished. De Long free-kick was from
almost the same spot that Lawrence scored for
Jamaica in the first half and no sooner than
Jamaica missed another scoring opportunity, it
was Tosaint Ricketts who capitalized with an
open net insurance goal after Jamaica goalkeeper mishandle the
ball on a routine save from a Simeon Jackson
Needless to say the
goalkeeping duel was won by Canada
goalkeeper Milan Borjan who came up with big
saves while Blake had more than his share of problems in
the Jamaica net.
The 3-1 Canada win extended
Canada lead in the all-time series against
Jamaica with eight wins, four losses and four
Canada is scheduled to play its next
friendly on November 18 against Panama in Panama
City. While Jamaica plays Japan its
International Friendly on October 10,
2014, in Niigata, Japan
Teams:- Jamaica -- Andre Blake, Upston
Edwards (Nicholy Finlayson 73rd), Wes Morgan,
Nyron Nosworthy, Alvas Powell (Keithy Simpson
69th), Kemar Lawrence, Evan Taylor, Je-Vaughn
Watson, Simon Dawkins, Jermaine Anderson (Jamar
Loza 46th), Deshorn Brown (Omar Holness 79th).
Subs not used: Ryan Thompson, Kenardo Forbes.
Booked: Powell (12th)
Coach: Winfried Schäfer
Canada:- Milan Borjan, Andre Hainault (Dejan
Jakovic 46ht), Doneil Henry, Julian De Guzman
(Adam Straith 72nd), Tosaint Ricketts, Atiba
Hutchinson, David Edgar, Marcel De Jong (Karl
Ouimette 88th), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Simeon
Jackson 56th), Patrice Bernier (Kyle Bekker
46th), Randy Edwini-Bonsu (Dwayne De Rosario
Subs not used: Kenny Stamatopoulos, Ashtone
Morgan, Pedro Pacheco Melo, Marcus Haber,
Quillan Roberts, Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare. Booked:
Referee: Juan Guzman (USA)
Assistant Referees: George Gasner (USA), Eric
Fourth Official: David Gantar (Canada)
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