Canada took control from the start and Jeremy Baird quickly made it 1-0 with his first international goal in the fourth minute of the match. Baird scored on a rebound off a Geoff Wakefield shot. Wakefield then made it 2-0 just four minutes later.
"We worked on two areas in our morning session and both areas were a big improvement from the last game," said head coach Drew Ferguson. "We made one change to our lineup and it paid dividends – Geoff Wakefield was involved in three goals."
In the second half, Canada sat back and defended. Goalkeeper Matthew Brown – in just his second international match as a goalkeeper – was not busy, but he was there when needed to register his first clean sheet.
For this match, coach Ferguson’s starting XI featured Brown (goalkeeper), Chris Duehrsen, John Phillips, captain Dustin Hodgson, Jamie Ackinclose, Geoff Wakefield and CP5 Jeremy Baird. Canada’s three substitutions were Vito Proietti (for Wakefield in the 22nd minute), Todd Phillips (for Ackinclose in the 50th), and Chris Fawcett (for Hodgson in the 58th minute).
Jamie Ackinclose was selected Canada’s Player of the Match.
Canada’s next two matches will be difficult. Canada plays host Argentina on 22 October and then Brazil on 24 October. Canada’s final match is 26 October against Mexico.