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May 28, 2013
• Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta
Referee: C. Penso
• Attendance: 8102
J. Arrieta 16'
Thanks for joining us. We'll be back tomorrow with live commentary of Vancouver and Montreal in the Amway Canadian Championship. Once again, I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller on Twitter).
Canada will rue the lack of finishing as they had plenty of opportunities to level or even go ahead. Overall, not bad from the young home side, but lacking that killer instinct.
And that's it! Costa Rica hangs on for the 1-0 win.
90' + 3'
Frantic times as Canada presses for the goal. Borjan forward for the corner, but it's Henry who connects. Juuuust wide.
90' + 1'
We're into the first of 3 added minutes. Should be more given the fracas surrounding the ejections, it seems.
Julian De Guzman
Pacheco replaces De Guzman. Not sure what the point of bringing him in now is, but we'll see.
The Ticos are trying to catch Canada on the break, but like Canada their finishing today is very suspect.
Canada is pushing for the equalizer. The hosts haven't looked too threatening, but one moment is all that's needed, as Costa RIca showed in the first half.
Daniel Haber in for Nakajima-Farran. There are now two Canadian strikers named Haber on the pitch. They are not related.
Red CardC. Meneses
Red CardNikolas Ledgerwood
RED CARDS! Both Meneses and Ledgerwood get sent off after some handbags near the Canadian byline. Didn't seem like much, but the ref deemed it ejection-worthy.
Osorio in for Piette. Osorio earns his first cap for Canada.
Costa Rica feeling a bit more confident now, as Kenny Cunningham forces a save out of Borjan.
CROSS BAR! Arrieta heads from 14 yards out and hits the upper right corner of Borjan's goal. The ball rebounds to another Ticos player, who skies his shot.
Edwini-Bonsu's night is over, as Tosaint Ricketts subs in. Edwini-Bonsu seems to have burnt himself out over the first hour.
Yellow card to Nakajima-Farran as the Canadian clips GK Pemberton. Nakajima-Farran was rushing onto a ball floated in by Bekker, but the keeper got there first.
Yellow CardIssey Nakajima-Farran
The end-to-end play continues as Bekker takes a long range effort that goes a yard or two high.
Costa RIca charges right back down the field and looks to have scored, but the official blew the play dead before the ball reached the net. Looks like a push in the back by Rodriguez, forcing Ledgerwood to head into his own goal.
More good play by the Canadians leads to Haber collecting a ball at the top of the 18. The big striker seems to be taken down, but his appeal for a penalty is waved off.
Morgan gets the ball down the left after a great layoff by Edwini-Bonsu. Morgan skins his defender and puts in a dangerous ball that eventually gets headed wide by Canada. Decent stuff, but one of these chances need to be converted eventually.
Teams playing a bit of ping pong in Costa Rica's half. Disjointed play, but still favouring the Canadians.
For the hosts, Nakajima-Farran and Edwini-Bonsu have stood out over the first 45 minutes. Perhaps the rest of the players should hyphenate their names?
All-in-all a decent half by the Canadians, who controlled a lot of the play but couldn't finish their chances. Costa Rica up 1-0 on a fortuitous penalty call. Arrieta has been positive for the Ticos.
That was the final action of the first half, as the ref blows the whistle for haltime.
45' + 2'
Canada earns a free kick at the near side, and Bekker's delivery into the Costa Rican area is inch-perfect to Hainault at the top of the 6-yard box. The big defender scuffs the header attempt, almost painfully. Needs to do better there.
45' + 1'
Yellow CardK. Soto
45' + 1'
We're into the only minute of added time.
Corner kick taken by Beeker, and once again it's Henry that meets the delivery. Like the previous attempts, this one also goes wide.
Edwini-Bonsu with another nice run down the sideline, as he trots 70 yards downfield past his defenders. His cross was not so great, however, as the attempt floats easily into the hands of the Costa RIcan 'keeper.
Arrieta comes close to a second goal when he latches on to a looped pass inside the Canadian area and shoots wide under pressure from Borjan. The Canadian GK was not happy with his defence, there.
Edwini-Bonsu seems determined to do something in his hometown tonight. The speedy attacker has been all over the pitch, terrorizing the Costa RIcan defence. Unfortunately for him, nothing has come of it yet.
Edwnin-Bonsu absolutely TEARS down the right side of the pitch and gets past the Costa Rican defence. The Ticos goalkeeper does well to meet him at the edge of the six yard box and block the cross attempt, as Canada had a couple of players streaking in behind.
Morgan chcases down Herrera and blocks the Costa Rican's cross atempt. The ensuing corner is headed clear by Haber.
Penalty GoalJ. Arrieta
GOAL! A rather soft penalty call against Canada after Piette takes down Arrieta in the area. The Columbus Crew man converts to Borjan's right.
Henry finds a surging Morgan with a cross field pass. The TFC left back send in a low cross that's knocked out for a corner. On the ensuing CK, Henry rises above everyone, but his effort is wide right.
Costa Rica seems to be content to send long balls down the wings, while Canada looks to play the ball down the middle of the park. Interesting reversal of stereotype thus far.
A number of Canadian players are freshly out of contract and will be looking to use this game to get on the Gold Cup squad later this summer. A good showing there could translate into some offers from clubs.
Costa Rica starting to get some possession of their own now. The Ticos have a semi-decent chance from the far side that ends up wide.
Canada with early possession. Edwini-Bonsu had an early shot that went well high. A moment later, Henry nodded a Bekker free kick just wide.
And we're off!
Anthems are underway. The match will start momentarily.
Commonwealth Stadium has since been converted to artificial turf, a factor that has worked against it in terms of attracted the national teams in recent years. That being said, it's reported that Costa Rica requested that this msatch be played on artificial turf to help prepare for the Gold Cup, which will feature some venues with the fake stuff.
As for tonight's venue, Commonwealth Stadium was once considerd the home of the Canadian national team until the MLS era. Edmonton's stadium last hosted the men's national team in 2008.
Also note that Julian de Guzman will serve as the Canadian captain tonight. He is set to earn his 63rd cap, far more than anyone else on the team.
It's interesting to note that Canada has two goalkeepers on the bench, even though the team is only assembled for this single friendly before heading off on vacation or to their clubs prior to July's Gold Cup.
Canada's subs bench: Al-Shaibani, Thomas, Straith, Pacheco, Osorio, Ricketts, Cebara, D. Haber.
And for the hosts, interim head coach Colin Miller has a few European based players at his disposal, and a handful of domestic players as well. His starting XI: Borjan; Ledgerwood, Hainault, Henry, Morgan; De Guzman, Piette, Bekker; Nakajima-Farran, Edwini-Bonsu, M. Haber.
Costa Rica's subs bench: Briceno, Smith, Watson, E. Rodriguez, Ruiz, Aguilar.
Costa Rica has a mostly domestic team in Edmonton tonight. Here's their starting XI: Pemberton, Hererra, Meneses, Acosta, Umana, Guevara, O. Rodriguez, Soto, Tejada, Arrieta, Cunningham.
Given that today is not one of the FIFA international matchdates, both sides have gone with decidedly younger and more inexperienced players in their respective squads.
Hello and welcome to Goal's LIVE play by play commentary of Canada vs. Costa. I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller on Twitter), and I'll be providing you with up-to-the-minute updates of the game action tonight.
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