Milan Borjan is one of the most passionate men ever to pull on a Canadian national team shirt. The veteran goalkeeper was one of the angriest CanMNT players on Tuesday night after Canada crashed out of the CONCACAF Nations League with a 3-2 loss to Jamaica in the second leg of their quarter-final tie.
“We’ve got to sit down all together, look each other in the eyes and see what went wrong. Because this is unacceptable,” said Borjan on the pitch immediately after the final whistle. “This team, to have players like that, to do something like this, it’s not acceptable.”
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It certainly was shocking for the 17,588 fans in attendance at BMO Field, most of whom were cheering for Canada.
CanMNT came into the second leg with a 2-1 advantage after winning the first leg in Jamaica on Saturday, in a game that was delayed for 15 hours because of torrential rains and flooding in Kingston on Friday night.
Alphonso Davies opened the scoring on Tuesday night to put Canada up 3-1 on aggregate and Canada looked to be in cruise control after the first 45 minutes. That was the problem.
Jamaica scored three second-half goals in 16 minutes, including a controversial penalty call that decided the match in the 78th minute. Stephen Eustáquio was deemed to have handled the ball in the box and after a lengthy review, Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid stepped up to the penalty spot and caught Borjan guessing the wrong way to put Jamaica in front on the night and on aggregate.
“I’m very, very angry. As a captain, I’m sorry to the nation that we didn’t go to the [Nations League] semis but we have another chance in March for the Copa América and we’ll try to do everything to bounce back and try to make our nation happy,” Borjan added.
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It came as somewhat of a surprise to see the 36-year-old included in Mauro Biello’s squad in this international window. Borjan has been Canada’s No. 1 goalkeeper for a decade but with next summer’s Copa América serving as preparation for the 2026 World Cup, which Borjan is highly unlikely to be a part of, calls for the gloves to be handed to Maxime Crépeau or Dayne St. Clair have been getting louder amongst Canadian fans and media.
Borjan has been a part of several crushing losses while wearing the gloves for Canada. But Tuesday’s L is likely to be one that will be hard to stomach for quite some time.