• Friday Apr 19, 2013

    Canada takes 3rd place at U-17s

    PANAMA CITY, Panama - Elias Roubos scored the winning goal in penalty kicks as Canada edged Honduras, 4-2, in the shootout after the teams played to a 2-2 draw following 120 minutes in the third place match of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on Friday at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

    Both teams, along with host Panama and Mexico, which will compete in the final later Friday, have qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October.

    Honduras, which lost to Mexico, 3-1, in the semifinals, jumped in front in the 16th minute when Brayan Velasquez dribbled around Roubos and, with goalkeeper Marco Carducci charging at him, cut the ball back in front of goal.

    After Alexander Comsia mishit a clearance, Jorge Bodden pounced and fired in the sitter from the edge of the six-yard box.

    In the fourth and final minute of second-half stoppage time, Jordan Hamilton forced extra time for Canada -- which fell to Panama 2-1 in the semifinals -- with a header off great service by Roubos from 10 meters.

    Steven Ramos broke the stalemate in the 106th minute, receiving the ball from a sliding Deybi Flores, taking a quality first touch and putting a left-footed shot into the net from 12 meters to give Honduras a 2-1 lead.

    But Jordan Haynes followed his initial blocked shot with a low left-footed attempt that eluded Honduran goalkeeper Cristian Hernandez from 13 meters in the 119th minute.

    The goal came three minutes after Ali Musse's back-post header off Mikael Centave's free kick clanged off the crossbar.

    The match would be decided on penalty kicks and Comsia took Canada's first shootout attempt, which was saved by Hernandez. Carducci one-upped his opposing goalkeeper, making a one-handed diving save to his left to deny Flores.

    Aron Mkungilwa sent Hernandez the wrong way with his low penalty to give Canada a 1-0 lead in the shootout, but Rembrandt Flores leveled for Honduras with a goal to Carducci's right.

    Hayes clinically finished his attempt, with Hernandez diving the other way to give Canada a 2-1 lead. Devron Garcia followed by putting his shot off the post.

    Hamilton put away a second chance after it was ruled Hernandez came off his line too early on his first opportunity to put the Canadians in front, 3-1.

    Needing to score to continue the shootout, Ramos blasted the ball to Carducci's right to keep Honduras alive, but Roubos ended the drama moments later for the Canadians.

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