Cornelius makes Gold Cup debut as Canada defeat Martinique 4-0

PASADENA, CA – Canada’s men’s national team opened the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup with a 4-0 win over Martinique on Saturday afternoon at the Rose Bowl.

It was Canada’s biggest-ever margin of victory at the Gold Cup.

Jonathan David led the way for the Red and White, scoring the first two goals of the game in the 33rd and 55th minutes. Junior Hoilett made it 3-0 for Canada in the 63rd minute, finishing a perfectly-placed cross from Vancouver Whitecaps FC product Alphonso Davies, before Scott Arfield added an exclamation mark on the night with a 67th-minute strike from the top of the box.

Whitecaps FC centre back Derek Cornelius went the full 90 minutes for Canada in his first Gold Cup appearance and came close to opening the scoring on a 22nd-minute corner. He also made a key block in stoppage time to preserve the clean sheet. 

Russell Teibert also appeared in the match, subbing on for the final 15 minutes.

Next up for Canada is a tilt with Concacaf giants Mexico on Wednesday night. They will then conclude the group stage on Sunday against Cuba.