David double as Canada rout Martinique
Martinique defender Samuel Camille (18) vies with Canada forward Jonathan David for the ball during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in Pasadena, Calif on Saturday. Canada won 4-0.
AFP, Los Angeles :
Canada kicked off the CONCACAF Gold Cup with an emphatic win over Martinique on Saturday, outclassing the Caribbean minnows 4-0 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California.
Two goals from Belgium-based forward Jonathan David set the Canadians on the way to a straightforward three points in Group A before strikes from Junior Hoilett and Scott Arfield boosted the scoreline.
Canada - the only team to break Mexico and the United States's dominance of the Gold Cup since the tournament was rebooted in 1991 - were always in control against Martinique, an overseas region of France who are not members of FIFA.
But it took a blunder from Martinique goalkeeper Loic Chauvet and midfielder Daniel Herelle to give Canada the breakthrough on 33 minutes.
A loose pass from Chauvet was miscontrolled by Herelle, and Gent striker David pounced on the loose ball before coolly lifting his finish into the net.
David added a second in the 53rd minute, springing the Martinique defense after Sam Piette's clever lofted pass over the top to make it 2-0.
Cardiff City's Hoilett added a third on 63 minutes, bundling home a perfectly weighted cross from Bayern Munich teenager Alphonso Davies.
Rangers midfielder Arfield completed the scoring four minutes later, shooting low into the bottom corner to make it 4-0.
Mexico face Cuba later Saturday in the other game of the tournament for teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.