Marcus Haber (Canada Soccer, photo)

Canada’s National Men’s Team dropped an away Men’s International Friendly match this week 2-0 to Korea Republic. The Canadian side of 17 players featured a mix of youth and experience, including rookies Carl Haworth and Jayson Leutwiler.

Attacking midfielder Marco Bustos, 20, earned Canada’s man of the match honours while fullback Marcel de Jong had an all-world curling free kick stopped ‎by diving goalkeeper Kwoun Suntae in the 29th minute.

Canada featured different defensive combinations in each half, with both goalkeepers and each centre-back playing 45 minutes each. Korea Republic’s goal scorers were Kim Bokyoung in the 10th minute and Lee Jeonghyeop in the 25th minute.

In the second half, Canada created great chances on crosses by Maxim Tissot and Fraser Aird. The Tissot cross in the 76th minute went just beyond the target before Steven Vitoria hit it back off the outside of the net. Less than five minutes later on the Aird cross in the 80th minute, Marcus Haber headed beyond the reach of the goalkeeper, but it clanged off the crossbar.

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will now prepare to the new calendar year, with upcoming camp dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Over the past two years, Canada’s overall record is nine wins, seven draws and eight losses in 24 international matches.

– Canada Soccer