PANAMA CITY — Jonathan David scored twice as Canada topped Suriname 2-0 on Friday night in round-robin play at the CONCACAF under-17 men’s championship.
The Canadians had already been eliminated from contention after a pair of 2-1 losses to Cuba and Costa Rica earlier in the tournament.
“We gave Suriname no chances and we took them out of the game from the start to finish,” said Canadian head coach Paul Stalteri. “We won most of our battles, we created a lot of chances, and we were able to expose them in what we deemed was their weakness from before the game. Our boys executed the plan and we came away with the victory.”
Jake Ruby made a through pass to David in the 13th minute to set up the first goal of the match. David deked out a defender then dangled the ball around Suriname’s ’keeper to easily put the ball into the net.
David’s second goal came in the 56th minute as he charged between two Suriname defenders to get into the box and then ripped a shot into the net.
Suriname (0-1-2) is eliminated after the loss to Canada as the top two teams from the group advance to the second round.
Canada last qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013. It finished sixth at the 2015 CONCACAF qualifying event.
In all, Canada has qualified for six of the 16 FIFA U-17 championships held to date, including serving as host in 1987. It has yet to win a game at the tournament, posting an 0-14-4 record while being outscored 53-8.