Canada could only secure a 1-1 draw against Iceland in the latest friendly between the two teams, but head coach Benito Floro was a pleased man. This is because Canada were defeated 2-1 when the two teams met each other just a few days ago.
Floro felt that the defeat was undeserved because Canada played really well. De Rosario scored in that defeat and he was once again the star of the show on Tuesday. His penalty gave Canada the lead after just 30 minutes. Even though Iceland found a way back through a penalty fromFridjonsson, Floro says that the result was fair.
Canada have had just one victory since 2012 and this came in a friendly match against Jamaica back in September. Unfortunately, the team has not been able to build on this result.
They will be hoping to turn things around when they take on British Virgin Islands or Dominica in a World Cup qualifying match in June. Canada will be at home for this encounter and this should provide them with confidence that they can get a result.
Floro later came in with praise for De Rosario, who is currently without a club after Toronto FC did not elect to take him for the 2015 season.
“Last Friday, we played well but the score was unfair. Today, we played with intensity, pressing everywhere on the pitch, but the opponent played, at the same time, as well as us. I consider the final result equal. We think that the two games are divided in four halves.
Two halves Iceland won, two halves Canada won. I consider De Ro to be an excellent player. Excellent means he fights a lot, he has very nice skills, he has a very good tactical knowledge. He is one of our best players,” said Floro.