TORONTO - Canada came away with a lucky 2-2 draw vs. Ecuador at BMO Field on Wednesday night.
After opening the scoring in the 23rd minute on a blast from Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Terry Dunfield – his first for Canada – the home side was soundly outplayed for major portions of the match.
Christian Benitez in the 62nd minute off of a corner kick and Michael Arroyo in the 64th gave the South Americans the lead.
But Canada controversially equalized in injury time when Tosaint Ricketts deposited the ball into the back of the net.
Toronto FC midfielder Julian de Guzman had set up the play by quickly taking a free kick before Ecuador could set up its wall, leading to howls of protest from the embarrassingly pro-Ecuador crowd and the team’s players.
Many in the crowd of 14,356 were not supporting the Canadians and booed the referees at the conclusion of the match.
Dwayne De Rosario made his return to BMO Field after being traded by TFC earlier in the Major League Soccer season and played well, nearly scoring early on.
Dunfield, de Guzman and Simeon Jackson were some of Canada’s top performers on the night, even though de Guzman was beaten on one of Ecuador’s goals.
Canada, ranked 76th in the world, will open the Gold Cup against the U.S. on June 7th.
Ecuador is ranked 64th.
Canada had only played one other game this year, beating Belarus 1-0 on March 29th, so this was a much-needed tuneup before the Gold Cup.
Canada will also take on Guadeloupe and Panama at the tournament.