When the Canadian national futsal team began its preparation for a run at the World Cup, a message was put up: “It’s hard to beat a person that never quits.”
When the underdog Canadians went down 3-0 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Futsal Championship qualifier against the United States, they referred back to that motto.
“Step by step, shift by shift, we’ll get back into this,” said coach Kyt Selaidopoulos from Costa Rica Sunday morning. “This is a group that leaves everything on the floor.”
So, the Canadian came back to tie the first leg, 4-4, then won the second leg, 5-3, powered by a hat trick from Robert Renaud. The Canadians, with just three Major Arena Soccer League pros on the roster, eliminated an American team that was almost entirely professional. True, the pros in question play the arena variety of the game, but they have transferable skills when it comes to playing on a quick, flat surface and positioning.
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