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Mark-Anthony Kaye scores brace for Canada in World Cup qualifying win

Came in 11-0(!) victory.

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The Canada Men’s National Team played their second Concacaf World Cup qualifier on Monday, a day later than expected because the Cayman Islands hadn’t submitted their COVID test paperwork in time, but in the end it was worth the wait for Les Rouges, as they dominated the Caribbean island nation 11-0 in Bradenton, Florida.

Yes, you read that scoreline right, Canada made it to double-digits in the game, their best-ever win, it appears.

Of local note, LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye got the start as expected for Canada and he scored a brace in the win, along with an assist. Kaye’s assist came in the 25th minute, on David Wotherspoon’s goal, then Kaye scored in the 32nd minute and 63rd minute.

His only demerit on the day was that he took a penalty in the 73rd minute with a chance to get a hat trick, but his initial PK attempt was saved by Cayman Islands goalkeeper Albertini Holness. Kaye could have scored on the rebound but his second shot was once again saved by Holness, before Alphonso Davies cleaned up the second rebound to make it 9-0.

Lucas Cavallini came off the bench late to score a hat trick himself and make the scoreline truly eye-popping.

Canada have started their group play in World Cup qualifying with two big wins out of two, so they’ve taken care of business here. Kaye will return to LAFC for training camp now and the next round of World Cup qualifiers come in June, when they’ll face Aruba and Suriname, the only team so far that looks to be any sort of competition for Canada in getting out of the group. Needless to say, Canada are heavy favorites to advance from the group, and Monday’s win will help their cause.

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