Canada’s record tarnished at Gold Cup
David Fleurival and Jocelyn Angloma each scored first-half goals to lead Guadeloupe to a 2-1 victory over Canada in Group A play last night at the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Orange Bowl in Miami.
With the victory, Guadeloupe (1-0-1) moved ahead of Canada (1-1-0) for first place in Group A with four points.
Angloma opened the scoring at the nine-minute mark, however Canada answered back in the 31st minute when Ali Gerba fired a shot past goalkeeper Franck Grandel.
Guadeloupe wasted no time in regaining the lead as Fleurival beat Canada’s Greg Sutton with a shot from 30 yards out in the 34th minute.
In the 54th minute, Julian DeGuzman missed a chance from in close when his shot sailed wide and, four minutes later, Paul Stalteri had a wide-open net to work with, but could not direct a header on net.
Dwayne DeRosario sent a cross through the box in the 81st minute, however, none of his teammates were in position to capitalize on the play.
“They defended very, very well. We found it very hard to break them down especially in the first half,” Canadian coach Stephen Hart said. “We sort of moved the ball too slow to cause them any sort of trouble. And then in the second half we are chasing the game and they are just sitting back in numbers and we couldn’t break them down.”
Earlier, Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson each scored to lead the United States to a 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in Group B play at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
The victory clinched a spot in the quarterfinals for the U.S.
Also, Jose Contreras scored in the 69th minute to lift Guatemala to a 1-0 victory over El Salvador.