MIAMI, Florida – Concacaf is using this time to reflect on the history of the Confederation’s competitions, including its premier national team tournament, the Concacaf Gold Cup.
In particular, Concacaf is focusing on the breakout stars of the 2019 Gold Cup and there is no doubt that Canada FW Jonathan David is a worthy inclusion.
At the age of 19, the K.A.A Gent forward won the 2019 Gold Cup Golden Boot with six goals.
David bagged a brace in the 4-0 group stage opening win over Martinique, followed by a hat trick in the group finale against Cuba, a 7-0 victory which sealed Canada’s passage to the quarterfinals. David then added a goal in Canada’s 3-2 quarterfinal defeat to Haiti.
With his hat trick against Cuba, David became the first player under the age of 20 to score a hat trick in a Gold Cup, shattering the previous record of the youngest player with a Gold Cup hat trick set by then-21-year-old Landon Donovan of the United States against Cuba in 2003.
On top of that, David became the youngest player to score five goals in the tournament, again surpassing the mark set by Donovan.
The game against Cuba was also the first time that two teammates had ever scored a hat trick in the same Gold Cup match, as David and fellow FW Lucas Cavallini teamed up to score six goals against the Cubans.
All told, David’s five goals helped Canada’s to its highest-scoring total ever in a Gold Cup group stage with 12 goals, shattering its previous mark of six goals scored in the inaugural edition in 1991.
Thanks to David’s contribution, Canada set a team record for most goals scored in a single Gold Cup with 14, surpassing the nine goals it tallied when it reached the semifinals in 2007.
David then continued that goal-scoring momentum into League A of the Concacaf Nations League, scoring a goal in Canada’s 6-0 win against Cuba.
With Concacaf World Cup Qualifying and the 2021 Gold Cup on the horizon, the rest of the region will have to be wary of the threat posed by David, Canada’s dangerman.