SANDY, Utah—With an Olympic berth on the line, Canada had their chances Saturday, but couldn’t prevent powerhouse Mexico from earning their spot in Rio de Janeiro next summer with a 2-0 victory Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Mexico prevailed thanks to an early goal from Erick “Cubo” Torres and a second-half golazo from forward Hirving Lozano. Canada’s defense deteriorated as the match went on and Mexico were content to calmly knock the ball around for 90 minutes, picking out their chances.
Torres' eventual game-winning goal opened the scoring just six minutes in.
Hirving Lozano put an initial cross into the box that was blocked back to him. Lozano put another one into the area, this time finding the head of Torres, who put it past Canadian goalkeeper Maxine Crepeau.
Mexico enjoyed a 69-percent advantage in possession during the first half and it didn’t get much better in the second. Canada showed signs of fatigue, allowing Mexico far too much time in and around their box, and in the 57th minute, Lozano did the damage himself.
The Mexican forward blasted a perfect shot from just inside the box, a shot that went screaming into the upper corner of the far post to double the lead.
Lozano’s goal seemed to deflate Canada. The team rarely left their own half during the final 45 minute. In the 68th, substitute forward Caleb Clarke made an brilliant run all the way to the end line, fighting through a number of defenders – without a single additional Canadian player making it into the box for a pass.