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Despite numerous chances, Canada couldn't find the back of the net against the Central Americans.

When Canada and Costa Rica met Tuesday night at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, it looked just as a match between fringe internationals on both sides could be expected to: scrappy, disjointed and with a bit of promise.

The Ticos were a tad more polished than their hosts, which is not surprising given that much of their roster was populated by players who have played together on numerous occasions -- if not at the national team level, then domestically.

But just like Canada, the Costa Ricans were also trying out inexperienced youngsters eager to break through. Unlike Canada, they didn't have to fly in from various points all over the globe for this friendly.

It all led to a contest that had it all: brilliant individual play, wayward passes between unfamiliar teammates, dodgy CONCACAF officiating and another frustrating night in front of goal for Canada.

Here's three things that stood out during the match:

1. Canada's biggest nemesis is a familiar one

It wouldn't be a Canada match without a number of goalscoring chances having gone wanting, and Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Ticos was no exception.

Young defender Doneil Henry himself could have nodded home a handful of well-executed crosses -- either from corner kicks or other set pieces -- but his aim was just not on the mark. The 20-year-old has a knack for getting on the end of everything in the air, but he just couldn't seem to direct the ball on frame against Costa Rica.

Henry aside, Canada created quite a bit from open play only to let itself down in the final third. Whether it was an extra touch in the opposition penalty area or a shot that didn't meet its target, the Canadians did far too many favours for a Costa Rican defence that wasn't particularly impressive.

2. Edwini-Bonsu needs to be on the Gold Cup roster

Despite his club troubles in Germany, Randy Edwini-Bonsu has shown over his past few appearances for Canada that he belongs on this rebuilding squad.

Continuing his robust play from last March's friendly against Japan, the 23-year-old used his superior speed to terrorize the Costa Rican left flank. Time and again, Edwini-Bonsu danced past defenders and kicked into a higher gear as he looked to lift Canada offensively.

Though it ultimately didn't work (for various reasons), the Ghanaian-born speedster displayed qualities that are sorely lacking from the Canadian pool, especially since Josh Simpson went down to a gruesome leg injury in 2012.

Combined with his obvious athleticism, Edwini-Bonsu's high work rate and his willingness to take players on have earned him a place with Canada as it gets set to play its only meaningful matches for the next two years.

3. Edmonton still supports Canada

On the surface, a crowd of 8,102 isn't exactly something to write home about, but given the circumstances it's a good number for a city that has always shown up for its national team.

With a 6 p.m. weeknight kickoff against an unfancied opponent (full of reserves, no less), Canada's first home game since it crashed out of World Cup qualifying was always going to draw a smaller crowd than what it has become accustomed to lately.

That Commonwealth Stadium was still able to bring in a vocal, hardy crowd at a time when sentiment for the men's national team is arguably at its lowest point in decades is a credit to the soccer community in northern Alberta.

Remember that Toronto drew a similar number against the same opposition at a then brand-new BMO Field back in 2007.