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Canada advances to Gold Cup semifinals after edging Costa Rica


Canada took another major step forward under head coach John Herdman on Sunday night, advancing to the Gold Cup semifinals for the first time since 2007.

Junior Hoilett and Stephen Eustaquio each scored goals to lead Canada 2-0 past Costa Rica, setting up a semifinal date with Mexico on July 29.

Hoilett delivered the first shot on target in the match, which ended up breaking the deadlock from Arlington. Eustaquio played a through ball up the middle and Hoilett’s right-footed shot beat Esteban Alvarado for a 1-0 Canada lead.

Costa Rica failed to record a shot on goal in the opening half and eventually watched Canada double its lead in the 68th minute of the match. Jonathan Osorio saw a shot blocked in the box, but Eustaquio was on the spot to score to ice the result for Herdman’s squad.

Canada defended the rest of the way, shutting out Los Ticos in route to a semifinal berth.

Up next for Canada is a date with Mexico, a rival it has not defeated since 2000.


  1. Their attack is potent, scoring 12 goals in 3 games. OTOH, they allowed five goals, more than any other semi-finalist. They’re an unknown quantity, unlike Jamaica, who we’ve played in the knockout stage at 5 of the last 6 GCs (2013 not withstanding)

  2. Too bad that Canada will be missing so many of their best players. If they had everyone, they could give Mexico a real tussle. As it is, I see Mexico winning fairly comfortably. Quatar will be a tough test for the US. They have a couple of very good attackers, better than any we have faced so far.


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