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Canada men’s national team opens 2020 with 4-1 victory over Barbados

Four MLS-based players found the back of the net in Canada’s first fixture of the decade.

Tesho Akindele (No. 13) scored in Canada's 4-1 win over Barbados Jan. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy Canada Soccer)

The Canada men’s national team started the new decade with a 4-1 blowout victory over Barbados in a friendly Tuesday night at Orange County Park in Irvine, California.

Toronto FC teammates Tosaint Ricketts and Jonathan Osorio both had first half goals, along with with Tesho Akindele of Orlando City SC, while Vancouver Whitecaps striker Theo Bair capped the scoring in the second half on his debut.

Canada has now won its opening match of the new year for the fourth consecutive time.

“The boys responded well tonight as we haven’t had long together, but the organization and intensity was evident,” Canada coach John Herdman after the game “I was particularly happy with the fluidity in the attacking third and our commitment to the high press given that many players are coming off pre-season.

“It was a night in which we were able to build depth in our squad and take a result to start the year on a positive note.”

Ricketts opened the scoring in the seventh minute, then Akindele doubled the Canadians’ lead in the 34th minute. Barbados’ lone goal came from the penalty spot via Armando Lashley less than 60 seconds later, though Canada responded via Osorio’s goal at the stroke of halftime.

Bair, who replaced Akindele as a substitute in 71st minute, struck 16 minutes from full time.

Canada, which currently sits 73rd in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings, will meet Barbados again Jan. 10 in Irvine and remain in the area for a friendly against Iceland Jan. 15.




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