With the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup ready to launch in 12 days, CONCACAF.com will take a look at one of the 12 participants, starting with Canada on Monday and ending July 7 with defending champion Mexico.
Gold Cup Glance: Canada
Head Coach: Octavio Zambrano (Ecuador)
Qualification Method: automatic North American entrant/
Previous Appearances: 12 (1991, 1993, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)
Best Finish: Champion-1 (2000)
Record: 15W 11D 15L 43GF 53GA
Current GC All-Time Ranking: 5 out of 24
Biggest Win: 3-0 v Guatemala (June 16, 2007)
All-Time Leading GC Scorer: Dwayne De Rosario, Ali Gerba (6 goals each)
In 2017, as an automatic North American entrant, Canada will be competing in the Gold Cup for a 13th time.
Other than the United States and Mexico, it is the only country to win the continental competition, taking home the trophy with a 2-0 win over Colombia in the 2000 final. That year, the Les Rouges reached the knockout round via a coin-toss tiebreaker with Korea Republic and then stunned three-time defending champion Mexico in the quarterfinals (2-1).
More recently, however, the Canadians haven’t won in seven Gold Cup matches (0W-4D-3L). Their last victory in the competition came against Guadeloupe, 1-0, on June 11, 2011, as Dwayne De Rosario netted the only goal from the penalty spot.
Traditionally, Canada has been strong defensively in Gold Cup play, conceding one goal or fewer in seven of its last eight outings. Offensively, though, it has been shutout in six straight encounters.
Canada advanced to the fourth round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, before being eliminated, finishing play with an overall record of 5W-3D-2L. Forwards Tosaint Ricketts and Cyle Larin each scored a team-high four goals.
The 22-year-old Larin has been a revelation for Orlando City SC, striking for 39 goals in 74 all-time Major League Soccer games.