TORONTO, Ont.—BMO Field resident Liam Fraser made his first senior start for Canada on Tuesday when the men’s national team defeated Barbados 4-1 in an international friendly.
Fraser, 21, lined up alongside a combination of experienced and inexperienced players in the Reds lineup as Montreal Impact’s Samuel Piette captained the Canadian side for the first time.
The young Toronto FC Homegrown midfielder, who made his senior international debut in October—coming on early as a sub in Canada’s historic win over the United States—was also be alongside his experienced teammate and fellow countryman Jonathan Osorio, who scored a beauty to put Canada up 3-1 in the first half.
Fraser would play 75 minutes before eventually being substituted for fellow Toronto FC teammate Noble Okello for the 19-year-old’s senior national team debut. 17-year-old Toronto FC II star Jayden Nelson also appeared for the men’s team for the first time, coming on in the 67th minute with Canada winning 3-1.
While it was labelled as a friendly, as WTR’s Brady Reid outlined in the match preview, Tuesday’s match carried a little more weight than your classic friendly as Canada tries to gain ground in the FIFA World Rankings Concacaf region on the sixth-place El Salvador.
As noted in the preview, Tuesday’s game was not broadcasted, however, Canada’s next two friendlies are on Canada Soccer’s website. Les Rouges will play Barbados again on Friday before taking on Iceland on Jan. 15, with all matches taking place in California.
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