Canada humbled by Netherlands in Copa América tuneup

The beginning of the Jesse Marsch era began with a heavy shutout loss to the Dutch in Rotterdam on Thursday.

Canada humbled by Netherlands in Copa América tuneup
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New coach Jesse Marsch received a small taste of the tough job that lies ahead when it comes to taking the Canadian men’s team to the next level.  

After a decent opening 45 minutes, Canada fell apart in the second half en route to a humbling 4-0 loss to the Netherlands in Thursday’s international friendly at Rotterdam's Stadion Feijenoord. 

All four goals from the Dutch came after halftime when the Canadians looked leggy after running themselves ragged in the first game in charge for Marsch who is famous for having his teams play a pressing style that puts great physical demands on players.   

This was the first of two friendlies this month for Canada, No. 49 in the current FIFA world rankings, who’ll meet No. 2 France on Sunday. The Netherlands are ranked No. 7. These games serve as crucial preparation for the Canadians ahead of the Copa América where they will face Lionel Messi and reigning World Cup champions Argentina (ranked No. 1) in the tournament’s opening match on June 20 in Atlanta.