Junior Hoilett earns rave reviews as “special player” in home debut for Canada


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Canada envisioned nights like this when David (Junior) Hoilett finally committed to play for the country of his birth.

The speedy winger set up Cyle Larin’s goal in the 38th minute and showed an ability to dribble at pace the men’s national team hasn’t seen in some time as Canada downed Honduras 1-0 in World Cup qualifying on Friday.

“Junior made a big difference tonight,” said Canadian midfielder Will Johnson. “I’m not sure we win this game without him. He’s special and he creates moments, little bits of magic.”

The magic in front of a raucous crowd of 20,108 at B.C. Place Stadium came in the form of a stinging cross from the left on a counter attack that found Johnson, whose downward header at the far post struck Larin in the back as he fell to the turf and dribbled over the line.

“It was fabulous,” Hoilett said of his competitive international debut. “A great performance and a great result.”

“We know he’ll bring a lot for the team,” said Canadian midfielder Atiba Hutchinson. “I think he had a good game and we all know he’s got more to show.”