Ja­maica scores late goal in 1-0 win over Canada at Gold Cup

Canada’s pre­lim­i­nary round wraps up Tues­day at Toronto’s BMO Field against Costa Rica

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Rodolph Austin scored in in­jury time as Ja­maica de­feated Canada 1-0 Satur­day at the Gold Cup soc­cer tour­na­ment.

Garath McCleary’s cross from the right side of the pitch in the 92nd minute found Austin alone in the box. His pow­er­ful header beat Cana­dian goal­keeper Kenny Stam­atopou­los and sent Ja­maica to its first win of the tour­na­ment.

“We did not play well in the sec­ond half but it is a good per­for­mance, we fought a lot,’’ said Canada head coach Ben­ito Floro. “We worked a lot for the 85 min­utes.’’

Canada, which opened with a 0-0 draw against El Salvador on Wed­nes­day, was un­for­tu­nate to sur­ren­der its first goal of the tour­na­ment mo­ments away from earn­ing a de­served point.

The Cana­di­ans (0-1-1) wrap up their pre­lim­i­nary round Tues­day against Costa Rica at Toronto’s BMO Field. Canada, ranked 103rd in the world, will need a big re­sult over the 41stranked Ti­cos in or­der to move on to the next round.

“It just comes down to us get­ting a win against Costa Rica and the one ad­van­tage we have is that we’re play­ing at home,’’ said midfielder Ju­lian de Guz­man, who re­turned to ac­tion af­ter miss­ing Canada’s open­ing match against El Savador with an in­jury.

“Go­ing into Canada will give us con­fi­dence to get a win. It’s still there for us, I know the guys won’t feel happy about the re­sult (against Ja­maica) and it’s just a mat­ter of bounc­ing back.’’

Ja­maica (1-0-1) took the pro­vi­sional lead in Group B with the win. El Salvador earned a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica in Satur­day’s other Group B match. El Salvador and Costa Rica are both 0-0-2, though Costa Rica owns a two-goal dif­fer­en­tial.

The Gold Cup is the re­gional soc­cer cham­pi­onships for teams in North Amer­ica, South Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

“It’s still there for us, I know the guys won’t feel happy about the re­sult (against Ja­maica) and it’s just a mat­ter of bounc­ing back.’’

Canada’s Ju­lian de Guz­man

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Cana­dian de­fender Niko­las Ledger­wood (2) col­lides with Ja­maican de­fender Ke­mar Lawrence (20) dur­ing the sec­ond half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soc­cer match, Satur­day, in Hous­ton.

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