Canada fails to capitalize on chances in loss to Costa Rica

Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan makes a save under pressure from Costa Rica's Osvaldo Rodriguez...

Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan makes a save under pressure from Costa Rica's Osvaldo Rodriguez during the first half of Canada's friendly match against Costa Rica in Edmonton on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

EDMONTON - The die-hard soccer faithful at Commonwealth Stadium were begging for a reason to erupt, and the Canadians did everything they could to give it to them.

But it never happened.

There were no gooooooaaaaaaals to be had for the home side, so 8,110 fans had to hold their applause in a 1-0 International Friendly loss to Costa Rica.

The visitors scored on a penalty kick in the 15th minute, a blow from which the hosts would never recover.

But it wasn’t for a lack of trying as a young and hastily-assembled Canadian team, some of the players flying in from Europe the day before the game, laid it all out in a valiant 75-minute comeback attempt.

“It’s not been ideal preparations,” said interim head coach Colin Miller, who had only one full practice with his full side. “But the performance here tonight shows that we are moving forward.


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