Canada beats USA in men's soccer for first time in 34 years

Oct 16 2019, 10:07 am

Finally.

The Canadian men’s national soccer team earned its biggest win in nearly two decades, defeating the United States 2-0 Tuesday night at BMO Field in Toronto.

The Americans’ 17-match undefeated streak against Canada came to an end, as Canada earned its first win against its arch rivals in more than 34 years.

You have to go back to April 2, 1985, to find the last win by Canada over the United States – a 2-0 win at BC Place in Vancouver. Not a single player on Team Canada had been born at the time of that victory.

The win was a major upset by historical standards as well as present day rankings, as Canada (No. 75) is well behind USA (No. 21) in the FIFA world rankings.

Alphonso Davies gave Canada a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute, converting a pass from captain Scott Arfield. Lucas Cavallini put the game away in the 90th minute, scoring on a ball chipped forward by Jonathan Osorio.

The win keeps Canada in first place in Group A of theย Concacaf Nations League. It also earns 18 points on the FIFA rankings, moving them into sixth-place among countries in Concacaf.

โ€œIt was just an electric atmosphere tonight,โ€ said Canada’s head coach John Herdman, in a statement sent to Daily Hive. โ€œTo the boys, nothing but pride. There has been that belief right from the onset. Tonight is only one step and there is more to come.โ€

Canada has won nine of 11 international “A” matches since Herdman took over as head coach in January 2018.

Goalkeeper Milan Borjan kept a clean sheet highlighted by a save from close range in the 51st minute when the match was scoreless. It was the 21st shutout for Borjan, one back of the Canadian record.

โ€œThis is unbelievable and thanks to the fans that were here tonight,” said Borjan. โ€œWe showed we have a young team that is bringing a new football to Canada.โ€

These two countries will play each other again on November 15 in Orlando.