Canada advances after destroying Cuba 6-0
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Photo courtesy of Soccer Canada
TORONTO - It was not just the weather that stormed on the friendly Cuban squad that arrived early at the BMO Field to face a youthfull Canadian team that came seeking glory at home.
It is possible that Cuba has never expected fireworks to explode on the field, but as the goals increased, so did the emotions of the more than 10,000 fans who witnessed the 6-0 demolition derby that occurred on the shores of Lake Ontario
The 11 starters for Canada featured Milan Borjan in goal, Richie Laryea on the right side, Doneil Henry and Derek Cornelius in center, Kamal Miller on the left side, Samuel Piette, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Jonathan Osorio, Alphonso Davies, Junior Hoilett, Jonathan David in the middle of the field to guide the attack.
In the second half, Herdman replaced Kamal Miller with Liam Millar (62``), Jonathan David with Cyle Larin (64 '') and Doneil Henry with Steven Vitoria (68``).
With the blank sheet, Borjan moved into second place in Canada's all-time list with nineteen.
Jonathan David set a goal record in one season in Canada with his eighth goal of the year. Jonathan Osorio and Doneil Henry increased the lead while their captain Junior Hoilett scored a hat trick in front of his hometown crowd. Canada set a Men's National Team record with six goals in a local international match.
"It's a dream come true to captain my country and crown it with a hat trick," said Hoilett. "We work hard throughout the week and go out as a team, and there is more to come. We just have to keep working while we work in training this week, with the same intensity, the same positivity. We are dating as a team, you can see that everyone we trust each other, we know how to work together. You have seen performance today, we are strong and we have to do it again."
Canada has won eight of 10 games in less than two years with head coach John Herdman, including an undefeated record of three home wins.
Canada's two September games against Cuba are part of a four-game series that will include a highly anticipated home game against the United States on Tuesday, October 15, as well as an away game against the United States on Friday, November 15. Of the group of three nations, the winner will qualify for the playoffs of the Four League Final of the Concacaf League of Nations in June 2020, with the first and second place teams in the group automatically qualifying for the Gold Cup of Concacaf 2021.