Canada qualifies for FIFA U-17 World Cup
Beats Jamaica 4-2 in CONCACAF championship quarters
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.