Goalkeeper Milan Borjan's steely resolve has Canada on cusp of World Cup berth_freckle removal wollongong

Goalkeeper Milan Borjan's steely resolve has Canada on cusp of World Cup berthVeteran goalkeeper Milan Borjan is known for wearing his heart on his sleeve, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary to see him struggle to articulate his feelings after Canada’s 2-0 win over the United States on Sunday at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

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Veteran goalkeeper Milan Borjan is known for wearing his heart on his sleeve, so it wasn't out of the ordinary to see him struggle to articulate his feelings after Canada's 2-0 win over the United States on Sunday at Hamilton's Tim Hortons Field in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

But this was different. Playing in his hometown in front of his family — on his dad's birthday, no less — clearly struck a nerve deep inside of Borjan.

"Just unbelievable. These guys don't know how to stop, man. This team is something special. It's what we've been fighting for… I don't know what to say, really. Too many emotions in me right now. Thirteen years with the program, it's been a long time, and this is what we deserve. This is what Canada deserves. It's just unbelievable," Borjan told reporters after the match while draped in a Canadian flag.

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Untested for large swathes of Sunday's match, Borjan came up huge when needed, and was instrumental for the Canadians in a victory that virtually assured them of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Canada took an early lead when Cyle Larin stroked the ball into the back of the net in the seventh minute after a perfectly executed counter-attack. The Americans didn't hang their heads after conceding, though. Rather, they took control of the game and caused Canada problems with their pace.

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'They're scared'

Weston McKennie nearly equalized the game just before halftime, but Borjan made a fabulous save in tipping the U.S. midfielder's header off a corner kick onto the crossbar and out of danger. Borjan pounded the Canada badge on his chest after denying the American.

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"Before it was like, we'd play (the U.S.) and they're like, 'Oh, we play Canada. It's easy. Blah, blah, blah,' and this and that. But now when they come to us, or we go there, they're scared," Borjan said.

Had the McKennie scored, the U.S. would have been in the ascendancy and swung the momentum in their favour. Instead, Borjan's timely stop allowed Canada to remain on top, and seal the victory with an injury-time goal from Sam Adekugbe.

Three days earlier in Honduras, it was a similar scene. Inactive for most of the game, Borjan was called into action in the 70th minute when he made a fabulous diving save on Kervin Arriaga's glancing header off a free kick into the box. Moments later, Jonathan David scored to stunt any chance of a Honduras comeback and seal a 2-0 win for Canada.

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