LEÓN, Mexico — The Women's Revelations Cup is turning into a tournament of lessons for Canada's under-17 women's soccer team.
Despite getting an early goal from Renee Watson on Saturday, Canada dropped a 4-1 decision to host Mexico.
Captain Sophie Murdock was shown a red card in the 35th minute, making it tough to do much against the hosts.
Alice Soto scored twice for Mexico, while Giselle Espinoza and Layla Sirdah added singles.
“It's a really good lesson for us, we started really brightly in the game, (but) when you get a red card so early it's always difficult," said Emma Humphries, Canada Soccer's women's U-17 coach.
"We can't control red cards and these things could happen to us in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, so the girls have learned so many lessons from experiencing that."
Canada lost its tournament opener 1-0 to Colombia on Wednesday
The Women’s Revelations Cup is an international tournament featuring four nations that are all preparing for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2022. This tournament is an important development step toward future CONCACAF and FIFA youth competitions at the U-17 and U-20 levels and more importantly a step toward competing at the international level for Canada Soccer’s women’s national team.
Canada will conclude its Cup tournament against Chile on Tuesday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 3, 2022.
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