Canada wins 2:0 over CONCACAF rival Trinidad and Tobago.
Canada extended its unbeaten streak to four matches with a victory over Trinidad and Tobago. The Canadian team won 2:0 over its CONCACAF rival in the Men’s International Friendly match played in Lauderhill, FL, USA. Canada’s match was one of more than 45 international matches played on the 15 August 2012 FIFA International Date.
Tosaint Ricketts provided the first goal for Canada when he finished off a pin-point cross from Marcel De Jong to give Canada the 1:0 lead in the 58th minute.
Canada had a number of chances to double its adavntage but it wasn’t until Will Johnson converted a penalty in the 86th minute that Stephen Hart’s side was able to breathe easy.
Match Highlights: Canada 2:0 Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago did well to contain Canada during the early stages of the match, but Canadian Head Coach Stephen Hart was pleased with how his side grew into the game.
“I though the first half we kept possession well but we really weren’t penetrating, we really didn’t threaten them enough,” said Hart. “In the second half we were far more dynamic, our movement was better and quite frankly we should have scored more goals.”
CANMNT: Canada 2:0 TRI, Stephen Hart post-match
Also on 15 August, Panama lost away 0:2 to Portugal, Costa Rica lost at home 0:1 to Peru, Puerto Rico lost at home 1:2 to Spain, Guatemala drew away 3:3 with Paraguay, Jamaica won 2:0 over El Salvador, and USA won away 1:0 over Mexico.
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