With Canada not participating in the CONCACAF hexagonal for World Cup qualifying, the Gold Cup presents a unique opportunity to assess the team and retool for the future. Crucial decisions will have to be made on the international prospects of key veterans. The country’s all time international scorer, 35 year old midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, is out of the team. He scored 20 goals.
Canada has competed in 10 of the 11 previous Gold Cups, experiencing the highest of highs and, at times, disappointment.
It is the only country other than the United States and Mexico to win the continental competition, taking home the trophy with a 2-0 win over invited side Colombia in the 2000 final. The Maple Leafs reached the knockout round via a coin-toss tie-breaker with the Republic of Korea and stunned three-time defending champion Mexico in the quarterfinals, 2-1, on a goal by Richard Hastings. Goalkeeper Craig Forrest earned MVP honors, while Carlo Corazzin captured the Golden Boot by scoring a tournament-best four goals. The Canadians also finished third in 2002 and were eliminated in the semifinals by the U.S. in 2007.
At the other end of the spectrum, they failed to progress past the opening round in 2011 after a 1-1 draw with Panama in their last group stage game. De Rosario had given the Canadians a lead 17 minutes into the second half, but Luis Tejada’s stoppage-time goal gave the eventual semifinalist a share of the points.
Canada will have any opportunity to exact some revenge on the Panamanians at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colo. on July 14, the final opening-round Group A encounter.
|Goalie||Rylee Ann Foster||13/8/98||Canada|
|Defender||Bianca Rose St-Georges||28/7/1997||Canada|
|Defender||Easther Mayi Kith||28/3/1997||Canada|