Canada, England draw in U-20 friendly

Action from the under-20 friendly between Canada and host England on November 12, 2014, in Bournemouth. (Photo courtesy of The FA)

BOURNEMOUTH, England -- Jordan Hamilton scored in stoppage time to give Canada a 2-2 draw with host England in an under-20 men's international friendly at Goldsands Stadium Wednesday night.

The Canadians twice overcame deficits in the match.

England took the lead in the 15th minute, when the Maple Leafs could only partially clear Lewis Baker's corner kick.  The ball found John Swift, who faked a shot before finding Baker. His near-post cross came to Chuba Akpom, who headed past goalkeeper Marco Carducci.

Three minutes into the second half Canada leveled on Michael Petrasso's goal through a counterattack, which was firing on all cylinders for most of the game. Petrasso, under contract to English Premier League side Queens Park Rangers, found space as he raced half the length of the field to beat goalkeeper Christy Pym.

The host grabbed a 2-1 advantage in the 85th minute on Baily Cargill's emphatic header.

Canada showed great resilience as deep into added time Pym could not handle Hanson Boakal’s free kick.  Hamilton gathered the loose ball and fired into an empty net.

The Canadians are preparing for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which will be played January 9-24 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They next head to Spain for matches against the Russia under-21 team (November 15) and the United States U-20s (November 18).