The 16-year-old opened his account for the Canadians in the second half of the Gold Cup opener on Friday
Before Friday, Canada hadn’t scored a goal at the CONCACAF Gold Cup since 2011. The North Americans broke their drought in historic fashion in a 4-2 win over French Guiana, with teenager Alphonso Davies rewriting the record books with a second-half strike.
The 16-year-old, who came into the tournament with just one appearance for the full Canadian national team after earning his citizenship last month, was sent in alone on French Guiana goalkeeper Donovan Leon at the hour mark of a wild tournament opener in New Jersey and calmly slotted the ball into the net.
With the strike, Davies set a trio of records. Not only did he establish himself as the youngest-ever Canadian goal scorer and the youngest to score at a Gold Cup, he also became the first player born in the 21st century to score at a top level international tournament.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) July 8, 2017
The Vancouver Whitecaps youngster got himself onto the score sheet again in the dying moments, scoring his team’s fourth goal as Canada secured a victory.