It went as expected for Canada as a dominating 5-0 victory over Dominica saw them keep their 100% record in the CONCACAF Nations League so far, and their goal difference rise to +13 after a second straight clean sheet for John Herdman’s men. They could hve had a few more goals on the night but the 5-0 victory sees them in 2nd place in the Nations League standings.
Incredible performances from youngsters Liam Millar, Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies and Ballou Tabla proved the difference for Canada, as the youth movement for Les Rouges is well underway.
Canada could've scored as many as 10 in this one as Lucas Cavallini and Junior Hoilett came close to scoring many times in the first half, and Cavallini could've had 5 on his own.
FT: — It’s all over here at BMO Field. Canada cruise to a 5-0 victory.
82’ — Canada 5 - 0 Dominica — Larin redirects a cross at the near post, increasing Canada’s advantage.
79’ — Russell Teibert had a chance to score but he couldn’t get his head on the chip over the defenders. He deserves a goal for all of his hard work tonight.
75’ — Jonathan Osorio was on a breakway after a backheel from Tabla split the defenders but Osorio fired it right at the keeper.
72’ — Dominica had their best chance of the night to score but the cross from the corner is headed over the bar.
71’ — Dominica looked like they were going to have a chance at goal, but Brault-Guillard sweeps it out for a corner.
67’ — Canada make their final substitution. Liam Millar comes off for Zachary Brault-Guillard.
66’ — Junior Hoillet has a glorious chance to make it 5 for Canada but heads it wide.
59’ — The Ballou Tabla and Alphonso Davies combination has almost linked up for a few goals already and they’ve only been on the pitch together for 5 minutes. Tabla looked to have scored a few minutes ago but it was called back for offside.
56’ — Ballou Tabla does about 25 step-overs but his cross is unable to find anyone.
54’ — Two changes for Canada. Lucas Cavallini and Jonathan David coming off for Cyle Larin and Ballou Tabla, who is making his debut for the CMNT.
47’ — Canada 4 - 0 Dominica — Dominica defender Malcolm Joseph puts one into his own goal after the ball comes back off the post and he can’t react quick enough. Unfortunate goal but Canada will take it.
46’ — We’re underway again at BMO Field.
HT — Canada lead 3-0 going into the break.
43’ — Russell Teibert is putting in a shift tonight. He’s been running as hard as he can since the opening whistle.
40’ — Lucas Cavallini has another good chance to score but he rifles it over the bar. He could have 3 or 4 goals by now
35’ — Canada keep knocking on the door but a 4th goal is yet to come.
18’ — Canada 3 - 0 Dominica — Lucas Cavallini gives Canada the 3-0 advantage with a chipped penalty that just sneaks under the bar.
17’— Penalty for Canada — Junior Hoilett is brought down in the box, Lucas Cavallini to take it.
14’ — Canada 2 - 0 Dominica — Junior Hoilett doubles the lead for Canada with a tap-in from close range.
5’ — Chance for Lucas Cavallini to double the lead but he heads it just over the bar. Alphonso Davies did a cheeky spin move that caused a Dominican defender to fall over, which the fans certainly enjoyed.
3’ — Canada 1 - 0 Dominica — Jonathan David with his 3rd international goal in just his 2nd game. Canada are off to a flying start.
1’ — We’re underway here at BMO Field.
Available #CANMNT subs:— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) October 16, 2018
1- GK- Simon Thomas
2- FB- Zachary Brault-Guillard
5- CB- David Edgar
6- M- Samuel Piette
9- F- Cyle Larin
11- F- Tosaint Ricketts
15- CB- Doneil Henry
16- M- Jay Chapman
17- FB- Ashtone Morgan
18- GK- James Pantemis
23- M- Ballou Tabla
On Tuesday night Dominica will be at BMO Field to take on Canada on Matchday 2 of Concacaf Nations League action. Dominica, ranked nearly 100 places behind Canada, will likely struggle against the likes of Premier League winger Junior Hoilett and Barcelona B’s Ballou Tabla, so I think that a one-sided, high-scoring match could be on the cards.
Speaking of Tabla, the speedy winger, formerly of the Montreal Impact, only recently committed to the senior team, and will likely make his debut.
Canada’s full roster can be found here.
Here’s a video of Canada’s training session at BMO Field on Monday:
Happening before the match, Canadian soccer legend Tomasz Radzinski will be inducted into the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame:
Hey , be sure to catch Tomasz Radzinski's induction to the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame on October 16 at BMO Field.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) October 15, 2018
⚽️: BMO Field, Toronto
⏰: Tuesday 16 October at 7pm
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How To Watch:
Match date/time: Tuesday, October 16th, 7 p.m. ET
TV: TSN 2
Live stream (free trial required): https://www.oz.com/cnl/video/b49247dd-8166-4b6d-9587-aa55cf6e82c9