The revamped Canadian Men’s National Team, featuring six players earning their first caps, was thrashed 4-0 by Denmark yesterday in a Men's International Friendly in Tucson.
Nineteen-year-old Danish striker Andreas Cornelius scored a hat trick and Kasper Lorentzen added the fourth marker as Canada struggled to match Denmark's quality on the occasion.
Canada had expected an uphill battle, as the roster for the team's January 2013 camp in Arizona and Texas is the youngest squad assembled since May 2006 – but making no excuses – interim head coach Colin Miller stated he was “disappointed” with the final result.
“We are absolutely disappointed with the score line, but it was an incredible learning experience for everyone on our team,” said Miller. “We’re disappointed in the manner of the goals we gave away; but there are aspects of our play we are pleased with.
“We improved in the second half, but you can’t give players of (Denmark’s) quality as much time as we did in the first half.”
Kyle Bekker, Simon Thomas, Evan James, Kyler Porter, Philippe Davies and Mason Trafford all made their first senior appearances on the day.
Terry Dunfield captained Canada for the first time.
The Canadians travel to Houston today ahead of a Men's International Friendly against the U.S. on Tuesday.
The game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet starting at 9 p.m.