Quickly putting the disappointment of Thursday’s loss to Panama behind them, Canada’s Men’s U-17 Team has refocused and is primed to put in a good performance that will hopefully result in victory on Sunday against Costa Rica at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
They’ve already put in one good performance in a 3:2 win over Costa Rica earlier in the competition but on Sunday, there’s so much more on the line as a spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 is at stake.
“In a tournament like this you have to have short memories. Obviously, if you have accomplished your goal you can enjoy it and remember it,” said Head Coach Sean Fleming.
“There is no real use belabouring the point and going over things too much. It is about getting ourselves the best prepared for Costa Rica, who I know will come ready and well prepared as well. It’s a matter of getting the players ready to go ahead.”
Costa Rica has been gaining momentum since they dropped the decision to Canada. On Thursday, they left it late in coming back to tie Mexico 1:1.
Sunday’s kickoff is earlier than any of the others Canada has experienced as a 14.00 local time kickoff means they’ll be playing in the heat of the day—something that will certainly be to the advantage of the Central Americans.
“Let’s focus on what we have to do in the first part of the game, second part of the game and that kind of aspect,” said Fleming. “We really try to keep the kids focused on that aspect and hope that takes away the hostility and the challenges by keeping things simple.”
Canada’s match against Costa Rica kicks off at 14.00 local (16.00 ET / 13.00 PT) and will be featured lived on Twitter @CanadaSoccerEN. Post-match reports and reactions will also be available on canadasoccer.com.
Canada is aiming for a third-straight berth at a FIFA U-17 World Cup. It’s something that has never been achieved in Canadian soccer history.