Saturday, June 30, 2012

Canada Vs El Salvador

Hello from Guatemala City! We played a two-game playoff against El Salvador this week, with games on Thursday and Friday. The winner of the series was decided on total goals (aggregate). The first game was a strange one, we dominated the game and had much more possession and shots than El Salvador; however, we lost 4-1. It was disappointing, but we knew that we didn't have much time to think about it with the next game the day after. It was do or die, and we knew that we had to go out and play the game of our lives. Again in the second game, we controlled the game and were up 4-0 in the second half (5-4 on aggregate). However, El Salvador scored twice in the final minutes, including a goal with 35 seconds to go (putting them up 6-5 on aggregate). We then went down the other way and scored with 15 seconds to go to tie the game, and then again with 5 seconds left on the clock to win the game. It was absolutely unbelievable. Definitely the most emotions I have ever experienced during a game and the best moment of my career so far. I'm so proud of the team and the way that we played yesterday. Every single guy on the team came together and played their hearts out. You had to be there to experience what this game was really like, but it was something truly special. With the win we advance to the CONCACAF Futsal Championships next week, which also take place here in Guatemala City. We are the first Canadian team to ever advance to the CONCACAF Futsal Championships. We will open the tournament against hosts Guatemala on Monday night, and play against the USA on Tuesday, and Panama on Wednesday. From there, the top two teams advance to the tournament semi-finals, and also book a place to the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand. What a day and what a game. I'm so proud to be here representing Canada and to be a part of this team. More to come later...

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