Canada (red jersey) will play its first-ever CONCACAF Gold Cup game at home on July 14, 2015, in Toronto, against Costa Rica. (Photo: Mexsport)
TORONTO -- Canada head coach Benito Floro admits that bouncing back from a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Jamaica could prove difficult. Still, he has encouraged his players to be positive and focus squarely on Costa Rica in their final CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B game Tuesday.
BMO Field in Toronto will be the site for the encounter, marking the first time that the Canadians will play at home in the competition's 24-year history.
“It is true that if you concede a goal in the last minute…it seems like something sad but soccer is soccer,” Floro said. “The matter for us is to understand that this is a good experience and not only experience because in the first half we played well.
“I have already begun lifting the players' spirits. I hugged them after the game and told them they played like lions. I value the work they have done now there's just to keep moving forward. It is important for them to adjust psychologically as soon as possible because now the Jamaica game is the past. The future is Toronto and we need to trust in ourselves.”
Although they haven't score a goal, the last-place Canadians (0-1-1, 1 point) still can advance to the quarterfinals with a win over the Ticos at BMO Field.
Jamaica (1-1-0, 4 points) leads the group, while El Salvador (0-2-0, 2 points) and Costa Rica (0-2-0, 2 points) are in a tie for second.
Floro attributed his team's lack of scoring to bad luck rather than to a lack of creativity.
“It is one thing not to score a goal, but it is another thing not to create chances of scoring goals,” the Spaniard remarked. “Every game, our team creates three, four chances of scoring goals and it is now a matter of having that good luck. It is soccer.”
Floro added Canada still needed to make the adjustment to the quality of its opponents.
“The level of competition is different and because of that we need to change the thinking,” he finished. “And be always positive.”