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September 2, 2011 8:05 PM EDT
BMO Field — Toronto, Ontario
Referee:‬ J. Marrufo‎
Attendance:‬ 11500‎
 
51′ (PG) Dwayne De Rosario
 
 
90′ Will Johnson
 

Canada 4-1 St. Lucia: Josh Simpson double eases Canucks to win in opening World Cup qualifier

Canada kicked off its World Cup qualifying journey with a 4-1 win over St. Lucia. BMO Field hosted 11,500 for the event.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Will Johnson, Canada; Iran Cassius, St. Lucia; World Cup qualifiers
Jason Gemnich
Canada kicked off its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with a win. Josh Simpson hit a brace, Dwayne De Rosario scored a penalty and Will Johnson notched late to ease the Canucks to a 4-1 win over St. Lucia after an early scare.

Despite conceding an early equalizer, Canada dominated most of the match, outshooting St. Lucia 31-6, and holding 78 percent of the possession.

Josh Simpson scored his first in the sixth minute to give Canada an early lead at Toronto's BMO Field. However, St. Lucia hit back within a minute through a Tremain Paul shot that snuck under a series of legs.

The 1-1 scoreline lasted until the half, with St. Lucia goalkeeper Iran Cassius pulling off several high-quality saves to keep his side level.

In the second half Canada took the game beyond its Caribbean opponent.

An Ante Jazic cross was handled in the box and De Rosario scored the penalty to give Canada the lead once more. The goal moved DeRo, who is participating in his fourth World Cup qualifying campaign, up to 18 international goals, tying him at second on the all-time list for the Canucks.

Josh Simpson tucked away a left-footed shot on a breakaway to make it 3-1 as Canada piled on the pressure. When Pernal Williams collected his second yellow in the 88th minute, the result was all but assured.

Canada added one more when two substitutes connected. De Rosario chipped a teasing cross to the far post, where Tosaint Ricketts nodded it back across goal. Real Salt Lake midfielder Will Johnson tapped it home for his first international goal.

Canada's next CONCACAF Stage Two World Cup qualifier is against Puerto Rico on Sept. 6.


Canada

13
Lars Hirschfeld
Goalkeeper
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6
Ante Jazic
Defender
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23
Kevin McKenna
Defender
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Andre Hainault
Defender
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Joshua Simpson
Midfielder
6′ 61′ 69′
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14
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13
Atiba Hutchinson
Midfielder
69′
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14
Dwayne De Rosario
Midfielder
51′
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7
Iain Hume
Striker
82′
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10
K. Jackson
Striker
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Saint Lucia

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Iran Cassius
Goalkeeper
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Zaine Pierre
Midfielder
69′
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Tremain Paul
Midfielder
7′
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Jamil Joseph
Midfielder
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Hiram Hunte
Midfielder
63′
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Guy George
Midfielder
50′

Substitutes

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Milan Borjan
Goalkeeper
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15
David Edgar
Defender
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Jaime Peters
Midfielder
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4
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Terry Dunfield
Midfielder
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27
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Substitutes

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Pessius Polius
Goalkeeper
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Kevin Edward
Midfielder
50′
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Teran John
Midfielder
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Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
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FC Dallas
9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
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8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
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Real Salt Lake
8 1