Here’s the run of the Canadian men’s national team: Canadians win big even when they’re not at their best.
Their 4-1 win in the Gold Cup group stage against a Haiti team decimated by a COVID-19 outbreak – Les Rouges’ second 4-1 victory in a row in the competition – was proof of the individual quality, that this Canadian team can set up today. Without the best Canadian player in the world, Bayern’s Alphonso Davies, who missed the tournament with an ankle injury, they are already in the Gold Cup quarter-finals.
“They are a tough team. I’m just glad we won’t have to play them in a few years,” said Canada coach John Herdman, referring to the team’s three competitive games against Haiti in almost a month. “It’s always a drag against them and our guys have shown this resilience to prevail. We said if we can maintain their intensity they will have moments, they will come in those waves, and if we can reach the intensity of ours Quality will prevail and quality has got through in the end. “
Canada has expanded its winning streak to eight games with team records, and the plus 6 goal difference it has built in its two Gold Cup games gives it a significant advantage as it prepares to face the US in a Group B. first place to play finals. Canada will see this meeting against their border rivals as an opportunity to make another statement ahead of World Cup qualifiers in September.
Canada vs. Haiti take away
Buchanan’s star continues to rise
The New England Revolution winger is one of the Gold Cup revelations so far and was the highlight of the evening for Canada with his play on both sides of the ball.
Herdman has spoken about Buchanan having a little bit of Alphonso Davies in him, and those qualities help make up for the Canadian star’s loss.
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Haiti has had its moments when overloads, quick combos and penetrating runs made the Canadian defense a lot of trouble. The Haitians deserve the equalizer and better teams will take advantage of these opportunities. Haiti made gaps in the Canadian half and Herdman will want to fix that against the US, starting with his midfield.
“I thought we are generally a bit loose in midfield today and easy on the whole field,” said the Canadian coach. “The guys looked like they were getting a little tired so I think practice and the previous game caught up with these starters. It wasn’t as crisp, it wasn’t as spicy as I expected. . . Although I thought there were a lot of good individual achievements, I thought that overall there are many areas in which we can continue to grow. “
Eustaquio out against USA
Six Canadian players received yellow cards in their first game against Martinique; another yellow for any of these players would result in an automatic ban on a game. The Canadians were suspended when Stephen Eustaquio received a yellow card for a monstrous delay in the game. He will miss the group final against the USA.
With the yellow card cleared only after the quarter-finals, securing Eustaquio for all knockout matches was probably a wise decision. He’s such an important player.
Player ratings in Canada
GK – Maxime Crepeau: 6.5
In the toughest moments of the game, he came up with big saves.
LW – Tajon Buchanan: 7.5
Always a threat with the ball at his feet. But it wasn’t just about his speed. He had the creativity to wriggle out of difficult situations to create danger.
LCB – Kamal Miller: 6
Generally did what was asked of him in the left center-back. Did his best to cope with Haiti’s congestion in the first half.
CB – Steven Vitoria: 5.5
Canada’s captain has been exposed in a number of 1v1 situations that are definitely not his defensive strength.
RCB – Doneil Henry: 5.5
Haiti targeted Henry’s side of the field with a series of attacks. He could have used more defensive help from right winger Alistair Johnston (below).
RW – Alistair Johnston: 5
With the senior national team, he was a non-factor on both sides of the ball for the first time. Herdman admitted after the match that they could never get it to work.
MF – Stephen Eustaquio: 6
Good standard goal although the Haitian wall had a lot to do with it. He had better performances for Canada, but generally he was fine on the night.
MF – Mark-Anthony Kaye: 5.5
Herdman hinted that the fatigue might overtake his team, and Kaye looked like one of those players. He wasn’t his usual crisp self.
MF – Jonathan Osorio: 5
An uninspired performance by the Toronto midfielder who never got into a rhythm. Heavy legs can also play a role here.
FWD – Cyle Larin: 6.5
His grade was all about his graduation in that game. His two goals, including a penalty, ruined any Haiti comeback attempt.
FWD – Lucas Cavallini: 5.5
He remained busy, but the fact that he was out of regular service meant that he was not that useful to the Canadian endeavors.
FWD – Junior Hoilett: 6
The veteran came home with a penalty, Canada’s fourth goal of the evening, in his half hour on the pitch for Lucas Cavallini. Nothing more was necessary.
FWD – Samuel Piette 6
It gave a boost to a midfield that wasn’t having a great night.
RW – Richie Laryea: 6.5
Along with Piette, his efforts helped turn the game’s record back in Canada and he won the penalty that made for a comfortable final.
FW – Ayo Akinola: 6
Came into play for Larin and earned a penalty after a few minutes but had no more opportunity to do anything.
LW – Tyler Pasher: N / A
Didn’t get a chance to show the outstanding Houston qualities that earned him this Gold Cup call-up.