Canada’s 2017 Gold Cup is over after falling 2-1 to Jamaica in the quarterfinals in Glendale, Ariz on Thursday.

Shaun Francis opened the scoring after just six minutes before Romario Williams doubled the lead with a sensational strike early in the second half. Junior Hoilett responded with a stunning goal of his own – his first for Canada – but the Reggae Boyz managed to hold on for the victory in the end.

Cyle Larin was surprisingly named to Canada’s starting lineup by head coach Octavio Zambrano. The Orlando City striker was left off the roster for the group stage after he was charged with a DUI last month, but was called up for the knockout stages. Larin was replaced by Lucas Cavallini after 56 minutes.

That was when Canada responded through Hoilett. The winger sliced his way through the Jamaican midfield before his 30-yard strike beat goalkeeper Andre Blake to halve the deficit. The Canadians continued to push for an equalizer, but Blake managed to keep the Reds at bay.

Canada and Jamaica will meet again on Sept. 2 at BMO Field in Toronto for an international friendly.

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Hoilett goal not enough as Canada’s Gold Cup comes to an end

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