Via CanadaSoccer.com, Undefeated Canada will face Jamaica in the quarter-finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team have reached the knock out phase after finishing second in Group A after a 4:2 win over French Guiana, a 1:1 draw with Costa Rica, and an 0:0 draw with Honduras.
The Canada-Jamaica match on Thursday 20 July takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The match kicks off at 16.30 local, with a live broadcast on TSN and RDS (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT). Fans are encouraged to follow the Men’s National Team across all of Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook.
“We have grown as a group and as a team, we have been able to bring into the game certain aspects that we like,” said Octavio Zambrano, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “All in all, it has been a steady progression. Mentally, we believe that we can do this.”
Like Canada, Jamaica has posted one win and two draws at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup to finish second place in their group. In eight international matches this year, Jamaica has posted a record of two wins, three draws, and three losses, with their wins coming against Honduras in February and Curaçao in July. Just two years ago, Jamaica reached the final of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Canada is undefeated in 2017 with three wins and three draws. In 23 international matches since the last CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2015, Canada’s overall record is 10 wins, seven draws, and six losses. With an average age of 26 years and 17 players on the current 23 player roster having experience with Canada Soccer’s National Men’s Youth Program, the combination of youth and veterans in the CONCACAF Gold Cup has paid dividends not only on the pitch but in the development pathway for some of Canada’s top young talent.
"The players have convinced themselves that they can play against anybody and hold their own," said Zambrano. "When that happens, then anything is possible. If there has been one thing that has shifted, it is the realization of how much they can truly achieve if they convince themselves that they can do it."