28 July 2018
Canada defend u19 world title in front of 33,000 fans in Mexico
Canada retained their u19 World Title following a narrow 13-7 victory over host nation Mexico in front of 30,000 fans in Mexico City. Antoine Couture got Canada on the scoreboard first when he added a field goal to give the team a 3-0 with just under 7 minutes left in the first quarter.
Just before the half, Freud Jean Ernst Cesar powered into the end zone to increase Canada’s lead to 10-0. In the second half, Mexico started applying considerable pressure to the defending champions.
With just over 2 minutes left in the third quarter, Mexico pulled within three points of the lead after Reyes forced his way over the line.
Despite the vocal backing of the huge crowd and considerable effort from the Mexico team, Canada sealed the victory when Couture added his second field goal of the game with 11:23 left in the game.
“The past two weeks have been an incredible experience for all involved in Mexico City,” commented Canada Head Coach Steve Sumarah to footballcanada.com after the win. “The players were amazing the way they came together to represent their country on such a big stage against the home team in front of over 25,000 people.” “I am very proud of the coaching staff and support staff and the work they put into make this a special occasion. To repeat as World Champions is an amazing feat and I thank all the players as well as the coaches who have gone before us that paved the way with their success to show us the way. Going forward, I see how the world is getting closer and closer but this will only fuel the Canadian spirit moving forward.”