After falling 1-0 to Mexico in semi-final play Thursday on the CONCACAF Ladies’s Underneath-20 Championship, a upset Canadian staff can take solace within the reality it has yet one more probability to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Canadians (5-1-0) can nonetheless e book their ticket to the U-20 World Cup in August in the event that they defeat Puerto Rico (4-2-0) in Saturday’s third-place match.
Mexico was opportunistic in making the most of a first-half scoring probability after which performed a managed second half, absorbing late Canadian stress in a battle of unbeaten groups.
The ultimate whistle meant the Canadian girls had lower than 41 hours to place the loss out of their thoughts and kit up for Puerto Rico.
“‘That’s what we stated to the women as quickly as they walked off the sphere,” stated Canada coach Cindy Tye. “You’ve received to go away it. You’ll be able to’t return to it. As a result of we’re nonetheless capable of fulfill our goal. So we simply must relaxation and recuperate and get set for Saturday.”
The CONCACAF match determines the three groups that can be a part of host Costa Rica in representing North and Central America and the Caribbean at this summer season’s U-20 World Cup.
Mexico will meet the defending champion U.S. in Saturday’s championship recreation in a battle of 6-0-0 groups. It’s a repeat of the 2020 CONCACAF ultimate, gained 4-1 by the Individuals. Canada misplaced 4-0 to the U.S. within the quarter-finals at that match.
The 2020 FIFA U-20 World Cup by no means came about, one other sufferer of the worldwide pandemic.
Captain Anette Vazquez put Mexico forward with a classy aim within the twenty seventh minute Thursday after a Natalia Mauleon cross discovered Alexia Villanueva within the penalty field. Villanueva managed the ball along with her chest after which looped it again into the centre of the field the place Vasquez, beating a Canadian defender, volleyed it residence.
The aim got here on the one shot heading in the right direction by both staff within the first half.
“They have been opportunistic. That was most likely their finest probability, after not having very many,” Tye stated of the Mexicans.
Canada pressed within the dying minutes however couldn’t crack the Mexican defence regardless of six minutes of added time. Substitute Holly Ward was taken down on the sting of the field within the 92nd minute however Zoe Burns’ free kick flew over the crossbar. A Ward header flashed extensive within the ninety fifth minute.
The Mexicans celebrated on the pitch after the ultimate whistle whereas the Canadians gathered in a huddle.
The Individuals booked their ticket to the U-20 World Cup Within the earlier semi-final at Estadio Olimpico Felix Sanchez, blanking Puerto Rico 7-0. The U.S. gained by the identical rating when the 2 groups met earlier in group play.
Second time spherical was one other lopsided affair with the U.S. outshooting Puerto Rico 38-1 (21-0 in pictures heading in the right direction).
The U.S. has now certified for all 10 FIFA Ladies’s World Cups held at this age degree, plus the 2020 version which was cancelled because of the pandemic. It has gained the World Cup thrice.
The Canada-Mexico match featured two unbeaten groups who had scored a mixed 57 objectives whereas conceding only one.
Tye made three adjustments to her beginning lineup, bringing in Kaila Novak, Keera Melenhorst and Serita Thurton.
After an excellent begin, Canada got here shut within the seventeenth minute with Mexico goalkeeper Celeste Espino acrobatically palming a Jade Rose header over the crossbar off a brief nook.
Mexico was denied a 2-0 lead within the thirty second minute when Aylin Avilez was dominated offside.
Olivia Smith’s low shot was pushed apart by Espino within the thirty eighth minute. On the different finish, Mexican defender Samantha Lopez’s header off a harmful free kick went excessive in first-half stoppage time.
Mexico had 55 per cent of possession within the first half.
Canada survived a VAR verify for a Rose handball within the penalty field within the sixtieth minute, waving off requires a penalty after reviewing the play on a pitch-side monitor.
The Mexicans are coached by former star participant Maribel Dominguez, who scored 81 objectives in 116 appearances for her nation. Ten of the 11 Mexican starters Thursday play within the Ladies’s Liga MX, which began in 2017.
The 20-woman Canadian squad is drawn principally from NCAA colleges.
Rose (Harvard College) and Smith (Florida State) every have gained two caps with Canada’s senior squad. Goalkeeper Anna Karpenko (Harvard) and midfielder Nikayla Small (Wake Forest) have additionally been known as up by the senior staff however have but to play.
Rose, the Canadian captain, has been a rock on defence whereas Smith leads the staff with seven objectives on the match.
Canada gained all three group-stage matches, dispatching St. Kitts and Nevis 7-0, El Salvador 4-0 and Trinidad and Tobago 5-0 earlier than hammering the Cayman Islands 13-0 within the spherical of 16. The 13 objectives in opposition to the Cayman Islands set a scoring report for a Canadian girls’s nationwide youth staff.
The Canadian girls survived a downpour within the quarter-final to defeat nine-woman Panama 1-0.
Canada has certified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Ladies’s World Cup, ending runner-up in 2002 when a Canadian staff that includes a younger Christine Sinclair misplaced to the U.S. in sudden-death further time earlier than 47,784 at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.
That inaugural occasion was competed on the U-19 degree with the occasion since switching to U-20. The Canadian girls did not qualify for the 2018 U-20 World Cup in France and didn’t get out of the group stage in 2016 in Papua New Guinea.
Canada hosted the occasion in 2014, shedding to Germany within the quarter-finals.