Originally published on CanadaSoccer.com
Canada once again kept a clean sheet, defeating Cuba 6:0 at the CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship. With the win, Canada advances to the quarterfinals, even though it still has a group game left to play.
“With three training sessions under our belt, I am pleased with the quality these girls are displaying, bringing alive our new Canadian DNA of control. It was such a volatile, physical environment, where the play is start and stop, and our girls have never come across this before.”
Nevertheless, Canada adapted, quickening the pace to avoid tough tackles and generate chances. The team’s ability to live on the ball, impressed the over 560 spectators, who, as the game went on, began chanting “Canada, Canada.”
Prior to the game Priestman challenged the team to show their quality. And even when players came off the bench the level never dropped. “This shows the depth of talent that is coming through,” says Priestman, “we’ve put a lot of players on the pitch this tournament, because that’s what this is about, getting our young talent experience against different types of teams, so that, in the future – when they’re playing for the Women’s National Team – they’ll be ready to compete against any opponent.
Canada’s next match will be against Haiti, to determine the winner of Group D.
“They’re a big, strong, quick, physical team, so it will be a good challenge," says Priestman. The game takes place on 11 Aug at 19:30 (local) | 20:30 ET | 17:30 PT.