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HOUSTON – Alphonso Davies scored his third goal in two games as the Canada Men’s National Team drew 1-1 with Costa Rica on Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, keeping Canada on top of the Group A standings.
Davies – who became the youngest goal-scorer in USL history last year for Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – notched his third goal of the tournament to open the scoring in the 26th minute. The 16-year-old caught his defender napping at the left side of the penalty area, and put home a low cross by Scott Arfield.
Costa Rica equalized with three minutes to go in the first half as Minnesota United FC defender Francisco Calvo headed home at the far post from a corner kick on the right. Canada held on after Davies was forced from the game with an ankle injury in the second half, allowing the side to remain on top of Group A on goal differential.
Tuesday night’s game was also notable for a first start for Canada by Louisville City FC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye, whose second appearance for his country produced a solid effort. The 22-year-old completed 23-of-27 passes, and recorded one shot that just missed the target in the first half.
Canada completes the group stage on Friday night against Honduras, with a draw enough to guarantee a place in the Quarterfinals.