SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Tristan Borges scored late in the first half as Canada earned a 1-1 draw with Mexico on Friday at the CONCACAF under-17 championship.
Mexico’s Ulises Torres scored just before the 20-minute mark and Borges replied in the 41st minute.
“I don’t think this team will get their heads down but I don’t like the situation we’re always putting ourselves in, having to come back from behind,” said head coach Sean Fleming. “But we’ve told our kids over and over, things aren’t always going to go the way we want them to go and we have to be able to react.”
Canada is a win away from the playoff round that will ultimately determine whether or not they go to the FIFA U-17 World Cup later this year in Chile. There is still a chance at top spot in Group B, which means automatic qualification as well as a chance to play for the championship.
For that to happen, Canada has to win out and hope that Mexico can drop points in either of its last two games. If the two sides were to end in a tie in the standings, Mexico currently holds the tiebreaker with a better goal difference.
(The Canadian Press)