Canada U-17 plays first of two matches against Mexico
Posted on 20 April 2011 in Men's U-17 TeamFor more information on this fixture, please visit the Canada-Mexico match report.
Canada's men's U-17 team has played the first of two preparatory matches this week against FIFA U-17 World Cup host Mexico. The two sides have met in Morelia, Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the capital state of Michoacan. Following a 1:2 loss on Wednesday, Canada will now prepare for the second match on Sunday morning this 24 April.
"It was great for us to play here in one of the FIFA U-17 World Cup stadiums," said Canadian national head coach Sean Fleming. "It is an absolute beautiful place."
Morelia is one of seven sites for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011. Canada does not know yet where or who it will face this 18 June to 10 July in Mexico. The Official Draw for the competition is less than a month away, scheduled for 17 May in Ciudad de México.
In the Wednesday match, Canadian striker Sadi Jalali of Edmonton Juventus scored his second international goal with the Canadian men's U-17 team. He previously scored in February against Barbados at the CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship. As for Mexican striker Marco Bueno of Pachuca, he became the first player to score two goals against the current Canadian U-17 team (Canada's record is 7-1-5 in 13 international matches in 2010-11).
Both sides will have three days of training in between match dates. The Sunday morning match is currently scheduled for 09.00 local (10.00 ET / 07.00 PT).