Canada thrashes Barbados in U-17 CONCACAF Championship

Chris Nanco, Michael Petrasso and Keven Aleman scored two goals apiece as Canada opened play at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship with an 8-0 romp over Barbados on Thursday in Jamaica.

Michael Petrasso scored three goals as Canada won its opening match at the CONCACAF men's under-17 championship, 8-0 against Barbados on Thursday in Jamaica.

Keven Aleman scored twice for Canada while Sadi Jalali, Chris Nanco and Wesley Cain chipped in with a goal each.

"It was great to get a victory like that, it's great to get some goals and create chances like that," said Canadian head coach Sean Fleming. "It is of course just the first match of the tournament, so we have to put it into the proper perspective. We know we still have a lot more work to do."

Two minutes after Petrasso opened the scoring in the 14th minute, Jalali made it 2-0 with a shot from the top left of the box to the opposite top corner.

Canada went up 3-0 in the 23rd minute as Parker Seymour made a cross from the left and the onrushing Nanco chested the ball ahead and past Barbados goalkeeper Joshua Hynam.

Four minutes after Petrasso made the score 4-0 in the 29th minute, he set up Aleman who put the final touch on a dominant first half with a shot from the middle of the box.

Early in the second half, Aleman made it 6-0 with a lob shot over the goalkeeper and into the net.

In the 56th minute, Petrasso scored a wonderful goal from within the box with a shot he just fired into the top corner of the net.

Canada's final goal came in the 73rd minute by substitute Cain fired a left-footed shot that completed the scoring.

Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau registered the clean sheet.

Canada's next group match is Saturday against Honduras.