Ali Gerba scored two goals to power Canada past St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0 on Sunday in the first leg of a two-match 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying series.

Issey Nakajima-Farran opened the scoring in the 32nd minute and Gerba, who entered the match after Rob Friend was injured in the seventh minute, found the net just before half-time.

Gerba scored again in the 87th minute to secure the North American qualifying triumph for the Canadians.

The second match in the series will be played Friday at Montreal.