De Jong scores as Canada draws Ghana in friendly

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Marcel de Jong in action for the Canadian national team. (Jon Blacker/CP)

WASHINGTON — Marcel De Jong scored on a long-range strike in the first half as Canada drew 1-1 with Ghana on Tuesday night in an international friendly.

De Jong found the back of the net in the 29th minute, beating Ghana goalkeeper Razak Brimah.

Ghan’s Albert Adomah would answer back before the end of the first half, getting a shot past Canadian ‘keeper Kyriakos Stamatopoulos in the 44th minute.

Junior Hoilett was one of six players making their debut for Canada at RFK Stadium.

"We’re pleased that each and every one of the players that appeared tonight played with not just honour for the country but they played with a sense of pride and positive play," Canadian assistant coach Michael Findlay said. "In terms of performance we’re very happy but we can’t be satisfied as we didn’t win the game."

Canada starts the first leg of a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Nov. 13 in Vancouver against Honduras.

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