Posted on September 8, 2012
TORONTO – Dwayne De Rosario struck for a Canadian record 20th international goal to lift the hosts a 1-0 victory over Panama that moved them atop their CONCACAF Group C World Cup qualifying semifinal round group on Friday night.
The D.C. United midfielder connected in the 77th minute, capitalizing on a quick free kick by Atiba Hutchinson and directing a first-time touch past goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.
The victory moved Canada (2-0-1) to seven points, one ahead of Panama (2-1-0,six) and three ahead of Honduras (1-1-1, four), which recorded a 3-0 win at Cuba on Friday.
“Atiba is an experienced player. When you see an opportunity you penetrate and attack it and that’s what he did,” De Rosario said. “He didn’t ask for a whistle. We made eye contact and he played a great ball in. My focus was just keeping my eye on the ball, getting over and putting the ball in the back of the net.”
The goal moved the De Rosario past former Canada National Team coach Dale Mitchell for the most goals in Canadian history.
“Hopefully I can have more special moments in the future, but I’m happy I had the moment in front of our fans and most importantly we got the win,” De Rosario said.
De Ro enjoyed another special moment when he became only the seventh player in Makor League Soccer history to break the 100-goal barrier.
Photo: Dwayne De Rosario scored his 20 international to become Canada’s all-time lead in its 1-0 home win over Panama. Scott Bales/YCJ
Categories: Canada, Central America, North America, Panama, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Atiba Hutchinson, Dale Mitchell, Dwayne De Rosario, World Cup qualifying