David Edgar got his second straight start in the heart of the Canadian defence.
Coming off its biggest offensive output on Friday in St. Lucia, Canada sputtered and fizzled out at home to Puerto Rico on Tuesday night.
Those who watched the World Cup qualifier from Toronto’s BMO Field cannot be faulted for perhaps falling asleep at some point or changing channels during the uneventful and disappointing 0-0 draw. The first half was dreadful to watch and the second half became slightly more exciting as Canada created a handful of chances, but didn’t really test goalkeeper Brandon Saldana.
Canada dominated possession but was unable to penetrate and find any space in the final third. The team kept the ball, playing wide and tried to swing balls in from the flanks but, with Puerto Rico playing nine players behind the ball, the Canadian attack looked listless at best. The team looked slow and cautious until substitute Tosaint Ricketts came on late to add speed and finally added some grit by running at the Puerto Rican defenders.
“I’m extremely disappointed with the fact that we couldn’t score,” said national coach Stephen Hart. “We tried to find the answers they basically waited for us and allowed us to have the ball. At times we were too slow and couldn’t find the answers. And when we did get our opportunities we didn’t take it — everybody saw the game.”
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