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Canada to face El Salvador in Men’s International Friendly

Posted on 5 September 2017 in Men's National Team

The 2017 international match will pit the two CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finalists against each other on Sunday 8 October. More

Great crowd for 2:0 Summer of Soccer win at BMO Field in Toronto

Posted on 3 September 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada 2:0 Jamaica More

Canada at home for big international test against Jamaica

Posted on 31 August 2017 in Men's National Team

The match featuring the two CONCACAF rivals kicks off at 19.00 local on Saturday 2 September. More

Canada Soccer opens camp north of Toronto ahead of Saturday 2 September match

Posted on 28 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team have opened camp this week in Alliston, Ontario More

Young Samuel Piette already part of experienced Canada core

Posted on 26 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Samuel Piette More

Amer Didic earns first call up to Canada Soccer's Men's National Team

Posted on 19 August 2017 in Men's National Team

From Edmonton to Kansas to Canada More

Canada Soccer builds strong squad for home match at BMO Field

Posted on 18 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Midfielders Atiba Hutchinson and Will Johnson are both included in the September squad More

Raheem Edwards embodies young and fearless Canadian team

Posted on 12 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Toronto's Raheem Edwards a two-time Canadian Championship winner More

Jay Chapman scores first MLS goal, continues progress as young professional player

Posted on 5 August 2017 in Men's National Team

Brampton midfielder making his mark with Toronto FC More

Canada’s CONCACAF Gold Cup run ends with 1:2 loss to Jamaica

Posted on 20 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 1:2 JAMAICA More

Canada rallies around Men’s National Team ahead of CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals

Posted on 19 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-Jamaica match on Thursday 20 July takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ More

Canada will face Jamaica in Thursday quarter-finals at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 17 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada v Jamaica on 20 July More

Canada adds experience to CONCACAF Gold Cup squad for quarter-finals

Posted on 16 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada adds Cyle Larin More

Canada draw Honduras 0-0 to advance to quarterfinals of 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 15 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 0:0 HONDURAS More

Canada in control heading into final group stage match against Honduras at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 13 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-Honduras 14 July match kicks off at 21.00 local, with a live broadcast on TSN 2 and RDS 2 More

Canada stays atop Group A with impressive 1:1 draw ‎with Costa Rica at CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 11 July 2017 in Men's National Team

CANADA 1:1 COSTA RICA More

Group leaders Canada, Costa Rica battle in Tuesday CONCACAF Gold Cup clash

Posted on 10 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-Costa Rica 11 July match kicks off at 18.30 local, with a live broadcast on TSN 1, 3, 4 and 5 and RDS More

Canada off to strong start with 4:2 win in CONCACAF Gold Cup opener

Posted on 7 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada 4:2 French Guiana More

Canada ready to make mark at 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 6 July 2017 in Men's National Team

The Canada-French Guiana 7 July match kicks off at 19.00 local, with a live broadcast on TSN and RDS More

Canada’s preparations underway at home for the CONCACAF Gold Cup

Posted on 1 July 2017 in Men's National Team

Canada prepares for CONCACAF Gold Cup More

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CONCACAF rivals Canada and El Salvador will meet in October for a Men’s International Friendly match at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX, USA. The 2017 international match will pit the two CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finalists against each other on Sunday 8 October. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The October match follows Canada’s recent 2:0 victory over Jamaica on Saturday 2 September in Toronto. Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Jonathan Osorio were the goalscorers while Junior Hoilett earned Man of the Match honours in front of 21,724 fans at BMO Field.

“This is a very timely match for us as El Salvador and Jamaica’s levels are comparable to our level at the international stage,” said Octavio Zambrano, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “Like us, they had a good showing at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, so we now need to demonstrate that we can be better than them.”

Canada and El Salvador have a long history of competition dating back 40 years through FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. In recent years, the two sides posted scoreless draws in a pair of 2015 matches before Canada won 3:1 over El Salvador in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in September 2016. Overall, Canada has the edge with 8 wins, 4 draws, and 4 losses in 16 international matches.

Coming out of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada have a 2017 international record of four wins, three draws, and one loss in eight matches. El Salvador have a 2017 international record of three wins, three draws, and five losses in 11 international matches.

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000. In five matches under new head coach Octavio Zambrano, Canada’s international record is two wins, two draws, and one loss.

Canada Soccer's National Teams are perfect five for five at home in 2017 as the Men's National Team won 2:0 over Jamaica to close out a Summer of Soccer Series. Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Jonathan Osorio were the goalscorers as Canada thrilled a terrific crowd of 21,724 at BMO Field in Toronto. David "Junior" Hoilett was named Man of the Match.

"This was probably the best game I’ve seen Junior play," said Men’s National Team Head Coach Octavio Zambrano. "When they asked me about Man of the Match he was hands down the player chosen. He is an elite-type of player, he’s at the elite level. When he gets the ball the first thing in his mind is there is a goal, and I want to get there and that bodes well for us because that’s the kind of football we want to play"

It marked the second-highest crowd for a Men's National Team international soccer match in Toronto (all competitions) and also the second-highest attendance for an international friendly since a 1994 pre-FIFA World Cup friendly with Brazil. In 2017 at home, Canada's five wins have come across four different international opponents in four Canadian cities: the Men's National Team won 2:1 over Curaçao in Montréal and 2:0 over Jamaica in Toronto; the Women's National Team won 3:1 over Mexico in Vancouver, 3:1 over Costa Rica in Winnipeg, and 6:0 over Costa Rica in Toronto.

The Men's National Team win somewhat helped extract revenge over Jamaica after a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals defeat. Canada hold the all-time lead in their international head-to-head meetings, with Canada posting nine wins, six draws, and six losses in 21 matches.

MATCH CENTRE & PHOTOS - Canada v Jamaica

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Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000. In six matches under new head coach Octavio Zambrano, Canada’s international record is three wins, two draws, and one loss. In July, Canada returned to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2009. Overall in 2017, Canada's international record is now four wins, three draws, and one loss in eight matches.

 

CANADA SOCCER HALL OF FAME
Ahead of the 2 September match, Canada Soccer officially honoured Paul Stalteri as a member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The CONCACAF champion and former Men’s National Team captain will be celebrated as part of the pre-match festivities at BMO Field.

A CONCACAF champion in 2000, the two-time Canadian Player of the Year represented Canada at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. He won both a Bundesliga title and a German Cup (DPF-Pokal) with Werder Breman in 2004. From his youth soccer days in Brampton, Stalteri played in both the Bundesliga in Germany and the Premier League in England.

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS HONOURED
Canada Soccer paid tribute to a handful of Men’s National Team players as part of an in-stadium ceremony after the pre-match warm ups. The tribute honoured: Marcel de Jong, Nik Ledgerwood, and Tosaint Ricketts for surpassing 50 international appearances; Alphonso Davies for winning two 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup awards and the 2016 Canadian U-17 Player of the Year award; and Atiba Hutchinson for winning his record fifth Canadian Player of the Year award.

 

 

Canada’s Summer of Soccer continues this long weekend when Canada faces Jamaica in a Men’s International Friendly match at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario. The Saturday 2 September match features a familiar re-match between the two nations that went head-to-head in the quarter-finals of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canada are looking to build on their momentum following a positive CONCACAF Gold Cup run that was only stopped by Jamaica, the two-time runners up at the confederation’s biennial championship. Canada have reinforced their squad for this match with the addition of five-time Canadian Player of the Year Atiba Hutchinson while still mixing in youth from a talented crop of Men’s National Team Program players.

Tickets to the Saturday match start as low as $20 (plus applicable fees) and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at the BMO Field Box Office. As the match takes place during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), all match tickets include free admission to the CNE grounds on match day. Complete ticket details are available at canadasoccer.com/tickets.

“We will play to win, but we will also play for the spectators as we want to show a good brand of football,” said Octavio Zambrano, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “Passion comes from seeing something you really enjoy come out because you can’t hold it in and you need to express it. When a team plays good football, there is passion on the field.”

The match featuring the two CONCACAF rivals kicks off at 19.00 local on Saturday 2 September. The match will broadcast live across Canada on TSN and RDS at 19.00 ET / 16.00 PT. Fans are encouraged to follow the Men’s National Team across all of Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook.

This marks the sixth international match between Canada and Jamaica in Toronto, with the most recent meeting a Canada 3:1 win on 9 September 2014. The two sides have also faced each other four times in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the two sides winning two matches each.

Canada’s squad features lots of local talent, including four Toronto FC players and 11 players who got their start in and around Toronto. The squad notably features a blend of experience and youth, including five-time Canadian Player of the Year Atiba Hutchinson and CONCACAF Gold Cup Best Young Player Alphonso Davies.

“It is nice to be back with the guys and just see how the team has been going,” said Atiba Hutchinson. “We are starting to win games and we need to get comfortable doing that and believing that we can do it. We want to be ready from the start and put in a good performance..”

Hutchinson, who spent the summer focused on recovery from injury after a second-consecutive Turkish Süper Lig title and qualification to UEFA Champions League, is one of eight players that coach Zambrano has added to the squad after the CONCACAF Gold Cup run. Zambrano has mixed in the experience from players like Hutchinson and Tosaint Ricketts as well as the youth from players like Jay Chapman of Toronto FC and David Choinière from Impact Montréal FC.

“We want our players to continue to get good minutes with their clubs so they come to the Men’s National Team in true form,” said Zambrano. “As we look ahead to 2018 and beyond, we want to see guys that will compete together for Canada towards future FIFA World Cups.”

Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2000. In five matches under new head coach Octavio Zambrano, Canada’s international record is two wins, two draws, and one loss. In July, Canada returned to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2009.

In 2017, Canada’s overall international record is three wins, three draws, and one loss in seven matches. Jamaica’s 2017 record is five wins, two draws, and four losses in 11 matches, including a second-place finish at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

ARRIVE EARLY AND TAKE IN THE “EX”

Canadian fans are encouraged to arrive early on CNE grounds for the Canada Soccer match day, with the grounds at the “Ex” open as early as 10.00. The annual fair offers amusement park rides, food, shopping, and more. The gates to BMO Field will open one hour before kick off at 18.00, featuring warmups, Men’s National Team tributes, and the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony all before the 19.00 kickoff.

CANADA SOCCER HALL OF FAME

Ahead of the 2 September match, Canada Soccer will officially honour Paul Stalteri as a member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. The CONCACAF champion and former Men’s National Team captain will be celebrated as part of the pre-match festivities at BMO Field.

A CONCACAF champion in 2000, the two-time Canadian Player of the Year represented Canada at the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001. He won both a Bundesliga title and a German Cup (DPF-Pokal) with Werder Breman in 2004. From his youth soccer days in Brampton, Stalteri played in both the Bundesliga in Germany and the Premier League in England.

MEN’S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS HONOURED

Canada Soccer will play tribute to a handful of Men’s National Team players as part of an in-stadium ceremony after the pre-match warm ups. The tribute will honour: Marcel de Jong, Nik Ledgerwood, and Tosaint Ricketts for surpassing 50 international appearances; Alphonso Davies for winning two 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup awards and the 2016 Canadian U-17 Player of the Year award; and Atiba Hutchinson for winning his record fifth Canadian Player of the Year award.

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