A young Canadian Men's National team put in a confident performance to draw 1-1 with African giants Ghana in an international friendly played Tuesday at RFK stadium in Washington.
The cohesive and dangerous Canadian attack was highlighted by an exceptional long-range strike from Marcel de Jong (Newmarket) in the first half and an impressive all-action performance by debutant Junior Hoilett (Brampton) throughout the game.
"We're pleased that each and every one of the players that appeared tonight played with not just honour for the country but they played with a sense of pride and positive play," said assistant coach Michael Findlay. "In terms of performance we're very happy but we can't be satisfied as we didn't win the game."
Impressively, six different players made their Canadian debut on Tuesday as Junior Hoilett, Wandrille Lefevre, Kianz Froese, and Charlie Trafford, were included in Canada's starting XI; Fraser Aird entered the match at halftime and Macros Bustos was a second half substitute. All six acquitted themselves well as a relatively unfamiliar Canadian squad gelled quickly during a six day camp in Orlando and subsequent training sessions in Washington, DC.
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