Canada secured its place in the Gold Cup quarter-finals with 4-1 victory over Haiti in a match played in Kansas City.
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Kyle Larren scored two goals and broke a team record, scoring his ninth and tenth goals in 2021. The old mark was eight.
The Haitians did a good first run while Canada wasn’t very good after going so fast.
But the Haitian team, short of eight players due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ran out of petrol late in the game.
Canada had two penalties and converted them in five minutes between 74e (Larren) and 79e Minutes (Junior Howlett). Stephen Eustacchio scored in the second game in a row, and Maxime Crepeau took his second straight win.
“They never go away, they are very athletic and they never stop. I hope we don’t have to face them for a few years, these are a lot of matches against them,” Canada coach John Hermand laughed.
Although Haiti played a very good game, Canada mostly played the second half of the first half sub-par.
“I had the impression that we were a bit weak at home in all situations. We started to lose our morale.”
Her team also has disciplinary issues as they have already received six yellow cards after two matches in the group stage.
Having received his second Thursday night, very good Stephen Ostaccio will miss the last game of the group stage against the United States.
“Getting six yellow cards at the start of the tournament is not easy,” Herdmann admitted. Stephen will be suspended for the next match, but he will have the quarter-finals and semi-finals ahead. “