Canada didn’t score at the 2013 Gold Cup. And, after a 0-0 draw with El Salvador to open Group B play, Canada is scoreless at the 2015 Gold Cup.
But at no time in that scoreless 2013 run did Canada have a chance as clear-cut, as golden, as the one that Cyle Larin spurned in the first half of the match in Carson, Calif. against El Salvador.
Larin was in alone. He’d rounded El Salvador keeper Derby Carrilo and had nothing but an open net.
And he blasted the ball high and wide. As in, nowhere close to the gaping target.
“The miss by Larin is part of the game, it happens,” Canadian national-team Coach Benito Floro said through an interpreter.
Yes, Larin’s momentum was taking him away from goal, not towards it, but a striker of his ability should be able to turn and get that ball towards goal. Alas, it was not to be — and, outside of two second-half headed attempts from Marcus Haber that both went directly to Carrilo, Canada didn’t create much else.
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