Canada finish 10th at the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship
Posted on 27 February 2017 in Beach Soccer Team
Canada have finished in 10th place at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship following one week in Nassau, Bahamas. Canada posted two wins, one draw, and three losses in six matches, falling 5:6 after extra time in the match for 9th place against 2015 CONCACAF runners up Costa Rica.
Canada were narrowly eliminated in the first phase of the competition, losing 3:4 to Guadeloupe after a win over Barbados (6:4) and loss to defending champions Mexico (3:8). In the second phase, Canada lost 3-2 on kicks to Costa Rica (following a 2:2 draw) and won 6:2 over Antigua & Barbuda. On the final day - their second head-to-head meeting with Costa Rica - they lost in extra time after three times coming from behind to equalise.
"Our guys competed and battled until the end," said Kyt Selaidopoulos, Canada Soccer's National Beach Soccer Coach. "Everyone stayed together and against Costa Rica - twice in three days - we kept up with them and proved we are on the right track."
Eight different players scored for Canada: Marc Jankovic (five), Milos Scepanovic (five), Danilo Pessoa (four), Nazim Belguendouz (three), Ian Bennett (three), Maxime Leconte (two), Jacob Orellana (two), and Daniel Chamale. In all, Canada scored 25 times in six matches.
Canada also won the CONCACAF Fair Play award, accepted on the final day by captain Ian Bennett. In the CONCACAF championship final, Panama won 4:2 over Mexico. Both Panama and Mexico also qualified for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.
This marked Canada's fifth participation at the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship since 2006, not counting their participation in a CONCACAF-CONMEBOL qualification tournament in 2005. Canada finished CONCACAF runners up in 2006 to qualify for the FIFA Beach World Cup in Brazil in that year.