Canada qualifies for FIFA U-17 World Cup

Andrew Gordon had two goals as Canada twice came from behind to defeat Jamaica 4-2 on Saturday in the quarter-final of the CONCACAF under-17 championship and clinch a spot in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Beats Jamaica 4-2 in CONCACAF championship quarters

Canada will now face Panama on Wednesday in the semifinal of the CONCACAF championship. (Photo courtesy Canada Soccer)

Andrew Gordon had two goals as Canada twice came from behind to defeat Jamaica 4-2 on Saturday in the quarter-final of the CONCACAF under-17 championship.

The win guarantees Canada a berth at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates between Oct. 17 and Nov. 8.

"It is a tremendous feeling and you cannot take these moments for granted," said head coach Sean Fleming. "The boys were immense in the second half and to qualify for our second-consecutive FIFA U-17 World Cup is a great achievement for this program."

Hanson Boakai and Jordan Hamilton chipped in with a goal each as Canada mounted a dramatic second-half comeback to salvage its qualifying campaign.

This is the sixth time that Canada has qualified for a FIFA U-17 World Cup. After a 16-year absence from the competition (1995 to 2011), the country has qualified for its second-straight time after claiming its first-ever point at the tournament at Mexico 2011.

Canada will now face Panama on Wednesday in the semifinal of the CONCACAF championship.