‘Keeper scores for Canada in draw
Source: Brampton Guardian
Brampton’s Quillan Roberts helped make history for Canadian soccer on Wednesday night.
But the goalkeeper for Canada’s under-17 men’s soccer team did not do it in the way you would expect. His goal in the 87th minute lifted Canada into a 2-2 tie with England at the under-17 World Cup in Mexico. That is the first point for Canada ever in its fifth trip to the under-17 tournament. The point also ensures Canada remains in contention to advance out of the knock-out stage with one game left to play.
The unusual play happened as Roberts brought the ball up the field. He kicked the ball from about centre field and it bounced off the wet pitch over the head of English keeper Jordan Pickford to equalize.
“I was just trying to get the ball on (Canadian forward) Sadi Jalai’s head,” Roberts told Soccer Canada. “It just took a lucky bounce and went over the goalie.”
Canada lost the opening game of the tournament 3-0 to Uruguay. Roberts got into the game in the 89th minute after starting Canadian goalie Maxime Crepeau was injured, following a collision. Roberts, who plays for TFC Academy, was given the start in the match with England.
The Canadian roster also includes Brampton residents Kevin Aleman, Alex Halis and Chris Nanco. Jay Chapman who plays for the Brampton East Soccer Club is also on the squad.
Aleman helped set up the first goal for Canada in the second half to tie the game at 1-1.
Canada will likely need to win its final game against Rwanda on Saturday to advance to the round of 16.