HARRISON, New Jersey – Sixteen-year-old Alfonso Davies scored two goals to lead Canada to a 4-2 Group A victory over French Guiana in the opening game of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup at Red Bull Arena on Friday night.
The result ended the Canadians’ seven-game winless streak (0W-4T-3L) in Gold Cup play, dating back to a 1-0 victory over Guadeloupe on June 11, 2011.
Canada drew first blood in the 28th minute. Scott Arfield sent in a free kick from the right side. Goalkeeper Donovan Leon knocked the ball away to Dejan Jakovic, who pushed it in off his body for a 1-0 lead.
The goal snapped a 596-minute Gold Cup scoreless streak for Canada.
It did not take as long for Les Rouges to register their second goal as Arfield connected off a counterattack, scoring off a 20-yard attempt two minutes into first-half stoppage time.
Canada’s starting goalkeeper Milan Borjan was forced out of the match in the 65th minute with an apparent concussion after colliding with teammate Samuel Piette.
Davies increased the lead to 3-0 on the hour, when he struck off a breakaway after quick passes by Patrice Bernier and Luis Cavallini.
As rain started falling in the second half, the Yana Dòkòs quickly struck twice. Roy Contout headed home from close-range shot past goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau in the 69th minute, before Sloan Privat reacted quickly to slot in a right-wing feed from Arnold Abelenti a minute later.
Davies gave the Maple Leafs some breathing room in the 84th minute, finishing an Anthony Jackson-Hamel feed.
Next Up on July 11: Canada faces Costa Rica, while French Guiana meets Honduras at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.