Armando "Suagr" Lashley converted a penalty for Barbados against Canada.
Despite Armando “Sugar” Lashley’s impressive 36th-minute penalty, it was not enough to give the senior Bajan Tridents a lead in their first international friendly of the year against Canada.
Playing with a squad of all local players, the national team lost 1-4 in their first outing at the Championship Soccer Stadium, OC Great Park, San Diego, California last night.
Canada’s veteran footballer Tosaint Ricketts opened the scoring in the seventh minute, tapping home a rebound, before debutant Tesho Akindele put his team up in the 34th after controlling a header and finding the back of the net.
And while Lashley converted a penalty awarded to the home side two minutes later, scoring his second international goal for the Tridents, that was all the scoring action they saw.
The Canadians went up one more goal before half time with Jonathan Osorio scoring from the top of the box on the brink of halftime. As the second half rolled around, Theo Bair, who also debutted for Les Rouges, put the victors up one more in the 77th minute off a rebound.
Canada last faced Barbados 16 years ago on January 18, 2004, at the National Stadium, coming away with a 1-0 win courtesy Carlo Corrazzin in the tenth minute.
These games serve as a precursor for Barbados heading into their first game against Guyana’s Golden Jaguars in March, at the beginning of their 2021 campaign to the Concacaf Gold Cup.
Meanwhile, Canada, who currently stands at 73 in the FIFA/Coca-Cola ranking, is trying to secure points and get ahead of El Salvador to secure a spot in the Hex round of the Concacaf World Cup Qualifiers.
Barbados faces Canada again on Friday night and the match can be viewed on Canada’s Soccer website from 8 p.m.