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Canada U23 coach is proud of team's effort against Mexico

Canada U23 coach is proud of team's effort against Mexico

Ed Zurga

The Canada U23 boss says he's proud of his players despite failing to make London Olympics.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- While the Canada under-23 squad missed out on the chance to reach the London 2012 Olympics, head coach Tony Fonseca believes the team can take plenty of positives away from its run in qualifying.

Fonseca praised his team for giving a superb effort against a heavily favored Mexico squad in a match that ended in a 3-1 loss for the Canadians. El Tri features some of the soccer's top young players but Canada gave them some issues, especially on set pieces.

"We knew coming in that this would be a mountain to climb," Fonseca explained following a 3-1 loss to Mexico on Saturday. "They had an opportunity to learn from four games and what they take from this tournament is invaluable."

With Canada going undefeated in the group stages, Fonseca stressed the importance of the team gaining experience from high-end competition. But clearly the players are heartbroken by the tough loss.

"Absolutely, they are all upset," he said. "The dream, it's painful and missing out on a dream. They paid a high price."