With their fate already sealed, Canada’s Men’s U-20 team wanted to finish the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with a performance they knew they were capable of and the first 45 minutes they gave exactly that kind of performance.
Playing against Honduras, Canada got two deserved goals and only conceded largely thanks to a fortuitous bounce off the crossbar that benefited their Central American rivals.
“That was the Canada we’ve been all three years we’ve been together in the first half,” said midfielder Marco Bustos, who opened the scoring in 19th minute. “We’re just going through a tough stage right now and it’s hard to put into words but that 45 minutes was clear glimpse of what we are.”
Even in the second half, Honduras couldn’t muster much in the way of chances but tied the score at 2:2 off a finely headed cross from the left and then got a winner with a sizzling world class strike to give Canada an unfortunate defeat.
Honduras was opportunistic and scored the few chances they created while Canada was left to rue a few missed chances of their own that proved to be the difference.
But for the most part, it was a Canadian performance that likely would have netted some points in the games where they dropped points earlier in the tournament but on this day, it wasn’t enough.
These youth tournaments provide valuable learning experiences that will hopefully shape players that will thrive at the senior level and so this group will take their lumps that came in this tournament but there’s no denying that this is a talented group that will be raring to turn some heads in the future.
“That was a more Canadian performance and more of what I know about these boys,” said Head Coach Rob Gale. “I couldn’t fault the effort and the work rate tonight. I just don’t think we took our chances, which has been a problem for us in the past and Honduras was clinical tonight.”