Canada advances to quarter-finals with record-setting win against Cuba

Coach John Herdman couldn’t be happier about the state of Canadian soccer.

“Our Canadian football system is starting to produce players,” Herdman said. “That’s exciting, seeing those youngsters coming through.”

Canada got three goals each from 19-year-old Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini, and breezed to a 7-0 win over Cuba on Sunday in the first game of a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader at Bank of America Stadium.

Junior Hoilett also scored for Canada, which finished pool play with 2-1 record to advance as runner-ups to the quarter-finals. Mexico beat Martinique 3-2 in the other game on Sunday to top Group A.

WATCH | Canada crushes Cuba:

Lucas Cavallini and Jonathan David registered hat tricks in Canada’s 7-0 beating of Cuba at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. 1:19

“I believe in the young guys,” said Herdman, who also included another 19-year-old Alphonso Davies and others in talking about Canada’s soccer youth movement.

Cuba finished group play a disappointing 0-3, losing by a combined score of 17-0.

Canada took control early as David scored on a point blank shot off a crossing pass from Hoilett just three minutes into the game. It was David’s seventh goal in seven international games for Canada, although he wasn’t done.


Canada’s Jonathan David celebrates after scoring a goal against Cuba during the first half of their Group A 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Bank of America Stadium on June 23, 2019 in Charlotte, N.C. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Cavallini stretched the lead to 2-0 at the 21 minute mark when he scored after Hoilett centered a pass that deflected off Cuba midfield Jorge Kindelan and the post. Cavallini stuck out his right foot and nudge the ball into the net — the first of three straight first half goals for the 26-year-old.

He added two more goals in the final three minutes of the first half to give Canada a commanding 4-0 lead at the break. David assisted on one goal and Davies on the other.

After one goal Cavallini stuck his left thumb in his mouth, held out four fingers with his right hand and then patted his chest before kissing his hands and pointing to the sky.

WATCH | Herdman on Canada’s Gold Cup mentality:

Canadian head coach John Herman spoke about how Canada is taking the CONCACAF Gold Cup one game at a time. 1:30

Cuba coach Idalberto Medero said Cavallini and David were difficult for his team to defend.

“They are very fast and very quick with the ball and without it,” Medero said. “They know how to move without the ball and play very well together. They play very well with the modern day football, which is very fast.”

Ironically the one shot Cavallini couldn’t make might have been the easiest attempt.

Leading 5-0, Cavallini had a penalty kick. But he paused as he approached the ball, then fired left of the wide open net, holding his head in disbelief.

WATCH | Doneil Henry on Canada’s rousing victory 

Canadian defender Doneil Henry spoke after Canada’s 7-0 victory over Cuba. 1:12

It was one of the few mistakes Cavallini and Canada made all day, outshooting Cuba 22-10.

Herdman said he liked that his players brought the energy on a hot afternoon where temperatures were nearing 90 degrees and took Cuba out of the game.

“If we never brought that energy Cuba could have gotten that little injection and made it tough for us,” Herdman said. “But there was clarity from all of the players. [Cavallini] and Johnny were given some great opportunities.”


Coach John Herdman couldn’t be happier about the state of Canadian soccer.

“Our Canadian football system is starting to produce players,” Herdman said. “That’s exciting, seeing those youngsters coming through.”

Canada got three goals each from 19-year-old Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini, and breezed to a 7-0 win over Cuba on Sunday in the first game of a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader at Bank of America Stadium.


Junior Hoilett also scored for Canada, which finished pool play with a 2-1 record. As the runner up in Group A, behind Mexico, Canada will advance to the quarter-finals. Where they awaits the winner of Group B, which will be determined on Monday when Costa Rica takes on Haiti. 

WATCH | Canada crushes Cuba:

“I believe in the young guys,” said Herdman, who also included another 19-year-old Alphonso Davies and others in talking about Canada’s soccer youth movement.

Cuba finished group play a disappointing 0-3, losing by a combined score of 17-0.

Canada took control early as David scored on a point blank shot off a crossing pass from Hoilett just three minutes into the game. It was David’s seventh goal in seven international games for Canada, although he wasn’t done.

WATCH | Herdman on Canada’s Gold Cup mentality:

Cavallini stretched the lead to 2-0 at the 21 minute mark when he scored after Hoilett centered a pass that deflected off Cuba midfield Jorge Kindelan and the post. Cavallini stuck out his right foot and nudge the ball into the net — the first of three straight first half goals for the 26-year-old.

He added two more goals in the final three minutes of the first half to give Canada a commanding 4-0 lead at the break. David assisted on one goal and Davies on the other.

After one goal Cavallini stuck his left thumb in his mouth, held out four fingers with his right hand and then patted his chest before kissing his hands and pointing to the sky.

Cuba coach Idalberto Medero said Cavallini and David were difficult for his team to defend.

“They are very fast and very quick with the ball and without it,” Medero said. “They know how to move without the ball and play very well together. They play very well with the modern day football, which is very fast.”

Ironically the one shot Cavallini couldn’t make might have been the easiest attempt.

Leading 5-0, Cavallini had a penalty kick. But he paused as he approached the ball, then fired left of the wide open net, holding his head in disbelief.

WATCH | Doneil Henry on Canada’s rousing victory 

It was one of the few mistakes Cavallini and Canada made all day, outshooting Cuba 22-10.

Herdman said he liked that his players brought the energy on a hot afternoon where temperatures were nearing 90 degrees and took Cuba out of the game.

“If we never brought that energy Cuba could have gotten that little injection and made it tough for us,” Herdman said. “But there was clarity from all of the players. (Cavallini) and Johnny were given some great opportunities.”

Mexico tops Group A

Uriel Antuna, Raul Jimenez and Fernando Navarro scored and Mexico advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals with a 3-2 victory over Martinique.

Mexico went 3-0 in group play despite resting a handful of regular starters in its final match of the round, including goaltender Guillermo Ochoa, knowing it had all but clinched a spot in the next round.

Kevin Parsemain and Jordy Delem scored for Martinique (1-2).

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