Originally published on CanadaSoccer.com
Today, the Para Team will meet USA in the bronze medal match of the 2014 America Cup.
North American bragging rights are on the line, and Canada, as tournament hosts, has its eyes set on a podium finish. “Winning the bronze would be a boost to our program,” says assistant coach Doug Lusk. “Our goal is to break into the top eight, and doing this requires defeating high-ranked teams.”
Regardless of the result, Canada has taken a big step towards its goal by finishing in the top four—the necessary requirement to qualify for the 2015 World Championships. With this, as well as next year’s Para Pan Am Games, the Team will have plenty of opportunity to play top-tier competition.
At the America Cup, Canada has already shown that it can compete against the world’s best. In the group phase the Team tied sixth ranked Argentina 3:3, before defeating Venezuela 2:0. And even though Canada lost 1:6 to third ranked Brazil, in the semi-final, there are reasons to remain positive. With three own goals, missed chances and, above all, a young squad, the Team is determined to learn its semi-final lessons ahead of the match with USA.
In fact, the last time Canada medalled at an official CPISRA 7-a-side event was against the American’s at the 2007 Para Pan Am Games. The Team hopes to use home crowd support to repeat this feat when it takes the field at 15.00 ET / 12.00 PT. For those unable to watch live at the University of Toronto Pan Am Fields, OSA will be streaming the match on its website.