Noah Verhoeven’s 75th-minute tally carried Canada to a 1-0 win over Turkey on Thursday in group stage action at the prestigious Festival International Espoirs Provence – also known as the Toulon Tournament – in Provence, France.
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC prospect, who is currently on loan with the club’s USL affiliate Fresno FC, curled in a dangerous left-footed cross that eluded everyone in the box and found the bottom left corner of the goal to secure the victory for Canada.
This goal from #VWFC prospect Noah Verhoeven has #CanM21 at the top of their group at the Toulon Tournament. They beat Turkey 1-0 today, drew Portugal 0-0 in their opener. If they beat Japan on Sunday and they win the toughest group in the tournament. Impressive stuff. pic.twitter.com/3W1IPxy7Oa— Mitchell Tierney (@mitchelltierney) May 31, 2018
Verhoeven was one of three Whitecaps FC youngsters to appear in the match for the Canadian U-21 side, including first-team midfielder David Norman Jr. and Residency forward Theo Bair. All three players entered the match as second-half substitutes.
Canada now sits atop Group C with four points from their first two matches, including a scoreless draw with Portugal on Monday. They conclude the group stage on Sunday against Japan. The group winners and top second-placed team will advantage to the tournament semifinals.