FRISCO, Texas -- Canada (1W-1D-0D-4 points) is the closest it has gotten to the CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout rounds since it last emerged from the group stage in 2009 and goalkeeper Milan Borjan can accept a lot of the credit.
Borjan was outstanding in Les Rouges’ 1-1 draw with Costa Rica on Tuesday, making several crucial saves and breaking up crosses as the Ticos pressed hard for a winner late in the second half.
“We showed we’re a team against a very strong national team like Costa Rica and we played really good,” said Borjan, who made 13 saves total as Canada moved to four points for the first time since finishing with the same total in 2011. “It was fun. It’s always fun when you play for Canada. I love coming for the trips and I love playing, so I’m really positive about the whole camp and whole Gold Cup.
“I think we’re going to make something with this Gold Cup.”
Borjan was replaced during the first Group A game against French Guiana after a collision with teammate Samuel Piette left his eye swollen.
Canada was certainly fortunate to have him back and in fine form to organize their back line against Costa Rica.
“I’m pretty pleased with what he gave us because when you need your goalkeeper to come big, he did,” said head coach Octavio Zambrano. “That’s what good goalkeepers do.”
The first-place Canadians will face third-place Honduras (1-0-1, 3) to complete group play Friday night at Toyota Stadium.