In a tough, physical game, Canada twice came from behind to tie Argentina 3:3 in its opening match at the 2014 America Cup. “We showed a lot of toughness,” says Head Coach Drew Ferguson. “Sure, we made mistakes, but if you had told me before the game that we’d get a draw against the sixth best team in the world I would have taken it.
Ferguson is especially proud of the way the Team handled the pressure that comes from playing at home. The America Cup is a qualification tournament for next year’s Para Pan Am Games (also being held in Toronto, ON) and this event is the first CPISRA international 7-a-side football tournament to be held on Canadian soil.
The result against Argentina is even more impressive, considering Canada had three teenagers on the field, and one of them was playing defence for the first time. Credit should also go to goalkeeper Derek Whitson who made several key saves and goal scorer Trevor Stiles for his hat trick.
The Team, however, has little time to celebrate; tomorrow they hit the field again to take on Venezuela in their final group match. “The result against Argentina means nothing if we lose,” says Ferguson. That’s because only the top two teams in each group will advance to the medal rounds. “If we’re to be successful, will need to put in a another solid team effort.”
The match against Venezuela will be played at the University of Toronto Pan Am Fields, located at St. George Campus. The match can also be seen live on OSA’s Website. Kick off is at 17:00 ET | 14:00 PT.