Match Preview – Canada Hosts French Guiana in final nations league qualifier – Eighty Six Forever

Match Preview - Canada Hosts French Guiana in final nations league qualifier - Eighty Six Forever
Canada punches ticket for Concacaf Nations League, Gold Cup
VANCOUER, B.C. — Canadas mens soccer team is looking to the future after posting another dominant win on Sunday.

The squad beat French Guiana 4-1 in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match in Vancouver, cementing its place in both this summers Gold Cup and Group A in next falls Nations League action.

The game was expected to be a homecoming for the 18-year-old former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder, but Davies injured his knee in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 rout of Mainz earlier this month, the same game where he scored his first Bundesliga goal.

Canada swept all four of its Nations League qualifying games but will face tougher opponents going forward.

Canadas Alphonso Davies, who isnt playing due to an injury, poses with a trophy after being named Canadian player of the year before a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match against French Guiana. DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canadian mens soccer team off to Gold Cup with 4-1 win over French Guiana

Still, Herdman is confident that his defence will be ready and his forwards will continue to create scoring chances.

“I think theres a cutting edge to our talent now. That attacking line, theres a real edge to it. A real edge,” he said.

Canadas Jay Chapman, right, has his shot attempt blocked by French Guianas Alain Moges, centre, as goalkeeper Jean-Beaunel Petit-Homme, back left, watches during the first half. DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Lucas Cavallini scored twice for Canada, while Junior Hoilett and Jonathan David each added a goal and an assist.

Cavallini struck again in the 50th minute, heading in a cross from Mark-Anthony Kaye. Petit-Homme got a hand on the ball but couldn’t stop it from rolling into the net, making the score 4-1 Canada.

Canadian keeper Milan Borjan stopped three shots and Jean-Beaunel Petit-Homme had 14 saves for French Guiana.

The victory in the fourth and final CONCACAF National League qualifying match means Canada will be represented at both the Gold Cup this summer and in Nations League action next fall.

Petit-Homme had a frustrating stretch near the end of the first half, first conceding a ball from a diving Cavallini in the 39th minute then getting beat by David just two minutes later.

French Guianas Kevin Rimane, right, takes the ball away from Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan and scores a goal during the first half . DARRYL DYCK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

“I was just thinking I had to accelerate to eliminate the defenders behind me and from then on I just had to compose myself and wait for the right moment to finish it. And thats what I did,” said the 19-year-old Ottawa-raised striker.

“We dominated the game, in my opinion,” David said. “Yeah, we scored four goals, but I think we could have scored more, maybe six or seven. But overall it was a good game.”

He signed autographs and took photos with fans before kickoff and was given an award for being named the 2018 Canadian player of the year in a pre-match ceremony.

French Guianas goal is the first Canada has conceded since Herdman took over as the teams head coach in January 2018.

Canada got on the board in the 12th minute after Hoilett popped a shot from the top of the box into the bottom left corner of French Guiana’s net.

“Our goal was not to receive any goals today. But this happens in football,” Borjan said. “(But) we won. This is important.”

Two goals from Lucas Cavallini propelled Canada’s men’s soccer team to a dominant 4-1 win over French Guiana in Vancouver on Sunday.

“Having scored in this game, there was a hope for us. But as I said, Canada was better,” he said through a translator.

“(The Gold Cup) is going to be hard but were going to work on it and when we play the bigger teams, were going to come out against them like we did today,” he said.

The goal was the first Canada has conceded since John Herdman took over as the squad’s head coach in January 2018.

The group will be confident and ready when it comes time to take on those teams, said captain Atiba Hutchinson.

“I think more than anything were excited to go up and compete against some better opponents in the Gold Cup,” he said. “We have a team thats been creating a lot of chances in every one of the games weve been playing in the last year. So thats not something were really worried about.”

The game was expected to be a homecoming for the 18-year-old former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder, but Davies injured his knee in Bayern Munichs 6-0 rout of Mainz earlier this month, the same game where he scored his first Bundesliga goal.

He signed autographs and took photos with fans before kickoff and was given an award for being named the 2018 Canadian player of the year in a pre-match ceremony.

Jonathan David and Junior Hoilett also scored for Canada (4-0-0) while captain Atiba Hutchinson had an assist.

Qualifying for the tournament is a “massive step” that will allow the team to “play more competitive teams and get ready for the future,” David said.

The game was expected to be a homecoming for the 18-year-old former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder, but Davies injured his knee in Bayern Munichs 6-0 rout of Mainz earlier this month, the same game where he scored his first Bundesliga goal.

“Its a really important step because we know we have a good squad and this is a good opportunity for us to test ourselves against the best,” he added.

Canadas Lucas Cavallini, right, passes the ball while being watched by French Guianas Jean-David Legrand during the first half. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

Cavallini struck again in the 50th minute, heading in a cross from Mark-Anthony Kaye. Petit-Homme got a hand on the ball but couldnt stop it from rolling into the net, making the score 4-1 Canada.

VANCOUER, B.C. — Canada’s men’s soccer team is looking to the future after posting another dominant win on Sunday.

Lucas Cavallini celebrates his second goal against French Guiana during the second half of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday March 24, 2019.

The squad beat French Guiana 4-1 in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying match in Vancouver, cementing its place in both this summer’s Gold Cup and Group A in next fall’s Nations League action.

The victory in the fourth and final CONCACAF National League qualifying match means Canada will be represented at both the Gold Cup this summer and in Nations League action next fall.

Canada swept all four of its Nations League qualifying games but will face tougher opponents going forward.

He signed autographs and took photos with fans before kickoff and was given an award for being named the 2018 Canadian player of the year in a pre-match ceremony.

Still, Herdman is confident that his defence will be ready and his forwards will continue to create scoring chances.

"I think there’s a cutting edge to our talent now. That attacking line, there’s a real edge to it. A real edge," he said.

Lucas Cavallini scored twice for Canada, while Junior Hoilett and Jonathan David each added a goal and an assist.

The 28-year-old native of Brampton, Ont., now has five goals and seven assists in 22 appearances for the national team.

Canadian ‘keeper Milan Borjan stopped three shots and Jean-Beaunel Petit-Homme had 14 saves for French Guiana.

Petit-Homme had a frustrating stretch near the end of the first half, first conceding a ball from a diving Cavallini in the 39th minute then getting beat by David just two minutes later.

"I was just thinking I had to accelerate to eliminate the defenders behind me and from then on I just had to compose myself and wait for the right moment to finish it. And that’s what I did," said the 19-year-old Ottawa-raised striker.

"We dominated the game, in my opinion," David said. "Yeah, we scored four goals, but I think we could have scored more, maybe six or seven. But overall it was a good game."

The Montreal Impact midfielder was looking to get the ball back to Borjan, but didnt see Rimane moving in.

French Guiana’s goal is the first Canada has conceded since Herdman took over as the team’s head coach in January 2018.

The 19-year-old Ottawa-raised striker now has four goals in four appearances for the Canadian national team.

"Our goal was not to receive any goals today. But this happens in football," Borjan said. "(But) we won. This is important."

French Guiana’s coach Thierry De Neef said he thought his team’s goal could spark a result.

"Having scored in this game, there was a hope for us. But as I said, Canada was better," he said through a translator.

"(The Gold Cup) is going to be hard but we’re going to work on it and when we play the bigger teams, we’re going to come out against them like we did today," he said.

The group will be confident and ready when it comes time to take on those teams, said captain Atiba Hutchinson.

"I think more than anything we’re excited to go up and compete against some better opponents in the Gold Cup," he said. "We have a team that’s been creating a lot of chances in every one of the games we’ve been playing in the last year. So that’s not something we’re really worried about."

The game was expected to be a homecoming for the 18-year-old former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder, but Davies injured his knee in Bayern Munich’s 6-0 rout of Mainz earlier this month, the same game where he scored his first Bundesliga goal.

He signed autographs and took photos with fans before kickoff and was given an award for being named the 2018 Canadian player of the year in a pre-match ceremony.

Qualifying for the tournament is a "massive step" that will allow the team to "play more competitive teams and get ready for the future," David said.

"It’s a really important step because we know we have a good squad and this is a good opportunity for us to test ourselves against the best," he added.