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International roundup: Bolaños, Waston lead Ticos to victory; Canada drops to third

Tuesday was a busy night in international play with four Vancouver Whitecaps FC players in action – as well as the Canadian senior men’s national team. See below for a summary.

CANADA SUFFER 2-0 DEFEAT IN MEXICO CITY

After falling 3-0 to Mexico on Friday in front of a record crowd at BC Place, Canada dropped the away leg 2-0 at Azteca Stadium after a pair of first-half goals, including a 17th-minute penalty.

The loss, coupled with Honduras’ 2-0 win over El Salvador, means Canada and Honduras are now level on points with two games remaining in the fourth round of World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Honduras has the better goal differential, which drops Canada to third in the group. The final two games of the group will take place in September.

Canada visit Honduras on September 2 before closing out the group stage at home against El Salvador on September 6 at a yet-to-be-determined location.

Meanwhile, Honduras will visit Mexico at Azteca in their group stage finale.

GROUP A
1. Mexico (4W-0L-0D / +10 GD): 12 points
2. Honduras (1W-2L-1D / -1 GD): 4 points
3. Canada (1W-2L-1D / -4 GD): 4 points
4. El Salvador (0W-2L-2D / -5 GD) 2 points

Note: the top two teams from each group advance to the final round

BOLANOS, WASTON START FOR COSTA RICA IN 3-0 WIN

Costa Rica cruised to a 3-0 home win over Jamaica in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday night.

Whitecaps FC centre back Kendall Waston started and played the full 90 minutes, his eighth cap for the Ticos, while Bolaños was subbed off after 74 minutes. Bolaños had a hand in Costa Rica’s first goal, playing a short free kick that culminated in a Celso Borges header. 

Of note, Waston has now started six matches for the Ticos since 2015.

In those matches, the ‘Caps defender has a goal and an assist and Costa Rica has conceded just three goals while posting a 3W-1L-2D record. Here he is coming up big in Tuesday's match. 

The Costa Ricans can clinch a spot in the Hex, the fifth and final round of World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region, with just one point from their final two matches in September.

GROUP B
1. Costa Rica (3W-0L-1D / +5 GD): 10 points
2. Panama (2W-1L-1D / +2 GD): 7 points
3. Jamaica (1W-2L-1D / -4 GD): 4 points
4. Haiti (0W-3L-1D / -3 GD): 1 point

Note: the top two teams from each group advance to the final round

PEREZ STARTS FOR PANAMA IN 1-0 WIN OVER HAITI

Whitecaps FC striker Blas Perez started and played 65 minutes for the Panamanians in a 1-0 victory over Haiti, which brings Panama to seven points after four matches – second to just Costa Rica in Group B.

Pérez holds the third-most senior international caps for Panama with 104 appearances and is Panama’s second all-time leading scorer with 39 goals in his career.

PARKER PLAYS 90 MINUTES IN HEARTBREAKING LOSS TO COLOMBIA U-23

The Olympic dream is over for Tim Parker and the U.S. U-23s.

The Americans, who were reduced to nine men by the end of the match, fell 2-1 to Colombia U-23 in the second leg of a last-chance Olympic qualifying playoff on Tuesday in Frisco, Texas.

Parker started and played the full 90 minutes for the second straight match, and by all accounts did himself a lot of good. 

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