Canada’s Beach Soccer Team wraps up qualifiers tournament
Posted on 13 May 2013 in Beach Soccer Team
Canada’s Beach Soccer Team has concluded its campaign at the 2013 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship after posting a record of 1W-0D-3L from 8-12 May in Nassau, Bahamas.
The Canadian team ultimately fell short of its goal of qualifying for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013.
Canada’s schedule at the competition had to be revamped on short notice as planned group opponents Guyana withdrew from the tournament at the last minute, leaving the Canadians, Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico to dispute group play.
The Canadian team led by player-coach Djamel Laraabi were asked to open the tournament against Mexico – and it proved a difficult challenge as Canada suffered a 10:0 defeat in its opening match on 8 May.
The team responded well to the difficult opening-day result by defeating Trinidad and Tobago 8:5 in the first of two matches on 10 May. The Trinidadians then answered back in the second match of the day with a 5:0 win over Canada.
The two teams were then paired off for a third-consecutive game on Saturday 11 May in the placement round – and the final clash between the two sides proved to be the most exciting. Unfortunately for Canada, they came up just short in the end with Trinidad and Tobago coming away with an exciting 4:3 victory after a hard-fought match.
Yannick Rome-Gosselin finished the tournament as Canada’s leading goal scorer with five goals in four matches.
USA and El Salvador ultimately prevailed in winning the two CONCACAF places at Tahiti 2013. USA defeated the Salvadorians 5:4 in the tournament final to claim the title.