For the first time since September 2012, the Canadian men's national team have won back to back games. They did it in style as well by following up their 1-0 win over Guatemala with a dominating 3-0 win over Puerto Rico. The game saw two players open their scoring accounts for the national team, Benito Floro continue his unbeaten run against CONCACAF opponents, and the team look as good as they have since Floro took over as the head coach.
The 3-0 win wraps up the friendlies for Canada for the time being with the next match on their schedule being the start of qualification for the World Cup in Russia. The team will get back together in June for a pair of matches against Dominica which will be Canada's first step towards making the World Cup for the first time in over 30 years. With those games and the Gold Cup all in the months to come now is a great time for Canada to build some confidence and get on a bit of a role.
On Monday night, Canada spent much of the game on the front foot and could easily have had scored more than the three goals that they finished with. The lineup was similar to the one that Floro sent out against Guatemala with the only changes coming in the positions that some players were playing. It was a team built around the midfield partnership of Julian De Guzman and Kyle Bekker who both impressed over the course of two matches.
Canada got a first half goal from Tosaint Ricketts who did well to finish his chance despite having his initial effort blocked by a defender. The goal came after David Edgar played the ball through for Maxim Tissot who got behind his defender before cutting the ball back in to the middle for Ricketts who did well to tuck his second chance inside the post.
The team could have had a few more goals in the first half as well with De Guzman coming the closest as his volley off a Bekker corner came back off the post. It was a dominant performance through 45 for Canada will Milan Borjan having very little to do in goal but the normal problem of a lack of goals was concerning.
In the second half, Floro made a couple of changes including the introduction of Randy Edwini-Bonsu who would open his scoring account for the team only a few minutes after coming on. The ball was moved quickly through the middle by Canada with De Guzman picking out Karl Ouimette just outside of the box. The defender slid the ball across to REB who was in behind his defender. He cut quickly in towards the goal and put his chance away before the defender could recover from his error and get back in position. It was a calm finish for the Edmonton native's first goal for Canada and a just reward for some of the solid performances that he had put in recently.
A few minutes after the second goal, Floro made another introduction by bringing on Cyle Larin who would get on the score sheet less than 15 minutes after being introduced. The hard work for the goal was done down the wing to create space for the cross but once it came in to the middle the number 1 overall pick in this year's SuperDraft did well to make sure he was the first one to the ball getting a touch on it to turn it in to the back of the net just before the keeper could get to it.
With Canada's recent struggles with scoring it was great to see them finding the back of the net three times in this game. The added bonus is that two players who are likely to be big parts of Floro's attacking plans moving forward also got their scoring accounts open and will hopefully have plenty more to follow.
There was also a debut in this game for Toronto FC's Quillan Roberts as he came on after Canada took the 3-0 lead. He did not have much to do but now he is capped for the National Team which is quite the achievement for the young goal keeper.
The one concern for Canada was Marcel DeJong who left the match in the first half with an apparent injury. The good news is that the CSA expects him to be just fine and should be available for Sporting Kansas City's next game.