The series between Canada and the United States played out like David and Goliath, after all.
David felled the mighty beast; And, Thursday, a Canadian national futsal team made up mostly of amateurs from Ontario and Quebec felled an American side filled with professionals. Thanks to a Robert Renaud hat trick, Canada beat the American 5-3 in Costa Rica Thursday, which gave our national side a 9-7 edge in the two-game aggregate series.
Ian Bennett, one of just three Canadian indoor pros (he plays arena soccer with the Milwaukee Wave of the MASL) on the national-team roster, scored in both legs, as did Nazim Belgendouz, who played for FC Montreal in 2015.
By eliminating the United States, advances to the CONCACAF Futsal Championship, and will face Costa Rica, Curacao and Cuba in Group B action. (Though, really, it should be Group C, shouldn’t it?) The CONCACAF playdowns act as qualifiers for the Futsal World Cup.
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