Canada’s Men’s U-17 Team ended a trip to Central America on a high note after three tough matches against Guatemala and El Salvador as they continue their preparations for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championships in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
After dropping two close games to Guatemala, Canada rallied to finish with a victory over El Salvador, playing in tough conditions.
“The camp went well it was great to have three games in the CONCACAF region,” said Head Coach Sean Fleming, who now will decide his squad for the competition that kicks off for Canada on Saturday 28 February against Haiti.
“The team performed well in all three games. There was improvement from the Florida camp (in December) to this camp.”
After just one day of training, the team played its first game and dropped a 2:0 decision to Guatemala at the Cobar Stadium in San Miguel Petapa, GUA.
The rematch came three days later with another close game between the two teams but Guatemala coming away as 1:0 winners.
After the second game, the team hopped a bus over to El Salvador for the last game of their camp on Monday 12 January.
This time, things ended on a high as Canada picked up a well-deserved 3:0 win. Tristan Borges of West Toronto Cobras scored twice and Daniel Sagno from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency added another for Canada.
“We now have to make a couple of really tough decisions because of the good performances by the players before naming the qualification squad,” said Fleming.
After the Haiti game to start qualifying at the end of February in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championships, Canada has games against Costa Rica (3 March), Mexico (6 March), St. Lucia (9 March), and Panama (12 March).
All games will be played at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, HON.