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Canada forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu (24) and forward Simeon Jackson (10) and midfielder Julian de Guzman (6) congratulate Canada forward Tosaint Ricketts (9) on his goal against Jamaica at BMO Field. Canada defeated Jamaica 3-1.John E. Sokolowski

Second-half goals by Marcel de Jong and Tosaint Ricketts gave Canada a 3-1 win over Jamaica in an international soccer friendly Tuesday night, ending the Canadian men's winless streak at 16 games.

Canada had not won since Oct. 12, 2012, when it beat Cuba 3-0 in a World Cup qualifying game at BMO Field. The Canadians had gone winless since, starting with an 8-1 debacle in Honduras four days later that knocked them out of World Cup qualifying. In that skid Canada lost 11 times and drew five times.

Canada was outscored 29-4 during the winless run. But, under new coach Benito Floro, it has now scored five goals in its last three outings.

Fresh from ending one streak, the Canadians are building another. They are unbeaten in three, with ties against Moldova and Bulgaria in their two prior matches.

The win was the first in eight games (1-4-3) under Floro, coming in his first game on Canadian soil since taking over in August 2013. And it marked the first time since 1995 that Canada has turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead (the 1995 Caribbean Cup against Jamaica).

Jamaica is ranked 85th in the world, compared to No. 122 for Canada.

De Jong, a fullback, gave Canada a 2-1 lead in the 68th minute with a stylish left-footed free kick that curled in from just outside the penalty box for his second in Canadian colours. Ricketts padded the lead in the 73nd minute, pouncing on a mistake by goalie Andre Blake after he dropped a cross from Simeon Jackson. It was his seventh goal for Canada.

Fellow defender David Edgar had scored a highlight-reel goal via volley for Canada in the 31st-minute, one minute after Jamaica's Kemar Lawrence scored on a free kick that was a carbon copy of de Jong's strike.

Goalie Milan Borjan had to be sharp in the second half to blunt Jamaican attacks as the Canadian defence wobbled at times before a crowd of 12,162.

The night seemed right for Canada to end its winless streak. The Canadians were playing at home, had the benefit of a lengthy camp under Floro, a side that was close to full strength and was facing a young and green Jamaican side.

And the Canadians, after some early jitters, did play some attractive football. The Jamaicans relied on Canadian mistakes largely for their counter-attacks.

Jamaica went ahead via free kick after Julian de Guzman hauled down an attacker just outside the box. Lawrence, who plays club soccer in Jamaica, curled a left-footed shot into the top corner in the 30th minute.

Canada answered a minute later with a set play off a corner from Patrice Bernier, who found Edgar outside the box. The Birmingham City player volleyed home a low long-range shot through traffic, reminiscent of his 2007 strike for Newcastle against Manchester United in terms of distance and velocity. It was Edgar's second goal for his country.

Bernier becomes the third Canadian to record an assist in his milestone 50th match, joining Dwayne De Rosario and Hutchinson.

Both teams turned the ball over repeatedly in a cautious start to the match.

Canada has the best of the early going in terms of possession but almost went behind in the 10th minute when Edgar's clearance hit the post after Atiba Hutchinson lost possession in midfield. Jamaican defender Wes Morgan almost did the same after a Doneil Henry run down the right side in the 17th.

Edgar's strike goal seemed to ignite the Canadian attack and the home side pressed as the half ended.

There were chances on both side early in the second half. Substitute Jamar Loza headed high for Jamaica before Randy Edwini-Bonsu hammered a shot high.

The Jamaican squad featured just one player (midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson of FC Dallas) with more than 20 caps. Eleven came in the game with less than 10 national team appearances.

The entire Jamaican squad totalled 126 caps. Canadian veterans de Guzman (71), Hutchinson (67), and Bernier (49) came into the game with 187 caps between them.

The visitors' roster featured four players with English clubs, one from Finland and four from the MLS with one from the second-tier North American Soccer League. Six others were from domestic clubs and one plays NCAA soccer.

Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks withdrew from the Jamaican squad this week due to an ankle knock.

The Reggae Boyz starting 11 included Philadelphia Union goalie Blake, defenders Morgan of Leicester City, Nyron Nosworthy of Bristol City, Alvas Powell of the Portland Timbers, midfielder Watson of FC Dallas and forwards Simon Dawkins of Derby County and Deshorn Brown of the Colorado Rapids.

Jamaican head coach Winfried Schaefer, who won the African Nations Cup in 2002 with Cameroon, was using the game as a warmup for the mid-November Caribbean Cup.

Jamaica was coming off an 8-0 loss in June to a World Cup-bound France in Lille. Prior to that, the Jamaicans lost away to Serbia (2-1) and Switzerland (1-0) and tied with Egypt (2-2).

NOTES — The Canadians wore black armbands to honour Montreal Impact defender Karl Ouimette's sister Julie, who died Sept. 1 following a 12-year battle with cancer. She was 20 ... Canadian defender Nik Ledgerwood sat out the game with a leg muscle injury ... (Iron) Mike Tyson was at the game ... The Canadian men last played at home in May 2013 when they lost 1-0 to Costa Rica in an Edmonton friendly ... Canada's next game is Nov. 18 in Panama.

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