Mexico blanked Canada 5-0 to eliminate the Canadians from the Men’s U-20 Championship. (Canada Soccer, photo)

Call it a learning experience.

Canada was eliminated at the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship after a 5-0 thrashing to defending champions Mexico on the second match day of the competition in Costa Rica.

The loss to Mexico, combined with the Honduras Monday win over Antigua & Barbuda, means Canada can only aim for third place in a tough Group A.

Canada closes out group action on Thursday when they face Antigua & Barbuda at Estadio Saprissa. The match is scheduled to be broadcast live on CONCACAF’s Facebook channel, kicking off at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT. Canada Soccer will provide in-match coverage from Estadio Saprissa via Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Flickr.

While qualification dreams for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 have ended, Canada will look to regroup to finish the CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship on a positive note. Of note, Canada featured their four youngest players in the squad, all of whom will be eligible for the next CONCACAF cycle in 2019.

In 2017, Canada will also compete in two CONCACAF men’s youth competitions: the CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship in April and the CONCACAF Boys’ Under-15 Championship in August.

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– Canada Soccer