After the USA, which had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Cuba on Tuesday in Tampa, it was Group B favorite Mexico's turn to be stymied when the
Tri was held to a 1-1 tie by Canada in Concacaf Olympic men's qualifying action on Wednesday at the Home Depot Center in front of 9,949 fans.
Canada entered the tournament with little
preparation and without many of its better players but earned the tie in a match that saw both goalscorers later red-carded. Will Johnson
grew up playing with American internationals Michael Bradley
and Jonathan Spector
with Chicago's Sockers FC, scored to
give Canada the shock lead in the third minute. Luis Angel Landin
equalized on a penalty kick in the 22nd minute, but Mexico couldn't break the
Both goalscorers were later sent off -- Landin in the 66th minute for two yellow cards and Johnson 10 minutes later with a straight red.
Goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar
, who attended Hartwick College and is now a free agent after a short career in Europe, came up with a big save late in the game when he stopped New
Mexico native Edgar Castillo's shot from close range.
Wagenaar got the nod against Mexico because No. 1 keeper Asmir Begovic
was serving a
In Wednesday's first game, Guatemala edged Haiti, 1-0.
Star Marvin Avila
had the only goal for Guatemala in
the 27th minute.