HOUSTON, Texas – Nineteen years ago Canada lifted its first and only Concacaf Gold Cup and one of the leaders of that squad was DF Jason DeVos, who now serves as an Assistant to Head Coach John Herdman on the current Canada squad.
Canada’s quest for a second Gold Cup crown has brought back memories of that title conquest in 2000.
“It was a great group of players who came together at the right moment in time,” said DeVos in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com.
“We had a fair slice of good fortune, winning a coin toss to get out of the group stage, but from that point forward the belief grew. When we beat Mexico in the quarterfinals, we knew we had a special opportunity. Truth be told I don’t think we played that well in the semifinal against Trinidad. If it wasn’t for Craig Forrest in goal, we wouldn’t have won the game. We found ourselves in the final against Colombia and we had nothing to lose, we went out and played with freedom and enjoyed it.”
For current Canada DF Doneil Henry, DeVos’s presence within the team is a huge asset.
“He’s been talking about his experiences and what it felt like, what it looked like, what it took. I’m a center half and I’m very hungry to learn as much as I can from a guy like Jason. It’s amazing to have guys like him in the locker room, feeding us that positivity and motivation of what it takes,” said Henry.
When DeVos looks around the current Canada locker room, he sees a team with potential to not only win a Gold Cup, but also lift Canadian football to new heights.
“I see the huge potential that is here for this group. I tell them that they have far more potential to go to a higher level of the game than we had in 2000. The offensive weapons that this group has and the potential it has if it sticks to the game plan, it’s an exciting time for Canadian soccer on the men’s side,” concluded DeVos.