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Canada kicks off U-23 Tournament against Uzbekistan

Posted on 24 March 2017 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada will face Uzbekistan and host Qatar in a Three Nations U-23 Tournament this Saturday 25 March and Tuesday 28 March. Octavio Zambrano, newly-appointed Head Coach of the Men's National Team Program, will be the man in charge of both matches.

Pending the availability of the required infrastructure at the venue, Canada Soccer will stream the matches live to our YouTube channel ( Additional in-match coverage will be provided via Canada Soccer's digital channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Flickr. Details regarding the stream will be provided when they are available. The 25 March match against Uzbekistan kicks off at 18.15 local (11.15 ET / 08.15 PT) while the 28 March match against Qatar kicks off at 19.00 local (12.00 ET / 09.00 PT).

The U-23 competition kicked off Thursday with Uzbekistan the 3:1 winners over the hosts Qatar. Uzbekistan's Zabihillo Orinboev scored a hat trick in the victory.


All three squads feature players born 1994 or later. Canada's U-23 squad features a mix of players with national youth international experience alongside five program debutants. The tournament provides Canada Soccer with an opportunity to develop and transition younger players on their path to the Men's National Team.

The tournament also provides coach Zambrano with his first matches in charge of the Canadian Men's National Team Program. Unveiled last week in Toronto on 17 March, Zambrano will oversee an integrated program from the Men's National Team through to all men's national youth teams from the U-14 age level and up.

Zambrano's first match in charge of the Men's National Team will be 13 June in Montréal when Canada faces Curaçao as part of both nations’ preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tickets to that home international match go on sale this 29 March, with full details available at

Canada Soccer's Men's EXCEL Program channels our nation's exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territorial partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada's elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada's Men's National Team in international soccer.

Already on the calendar for the next international window, Canada's upcoming home match is Tuesday 13 June at Stade Saputo in Montréal. The match will feature Canada against Curaçao, two nations preparing for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Tickets for the Canada v Curaçao match will go on sale on Wednesday 29 March at 10.00 local time via (10.00 ET / 07.00 PT). The launch of ticket sales will be preceded by a pre-sale for Canada Soccer Insiders, and past purchasers of Canadian National Team matches. Fans interested in receiving access to the presale offer for these matches are encouraged to subscribe to the #CanadaRED newsletter via Tickets start at just $20 and have been priced to ensure that the match is accessible for all members of the Canadian soccer community.

Ahead of the launch of the individual ticket sale phase, Groups of 10+ will have access to an exclusive advance window starting on Monday, 20 March and running through Friday 24 March. All group orders received by 24 March will be processed ahead of the individual ticket sales phase. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. The group ticket program will continue to be offered during the individual ticket sales phase.

Complete ticket information can be found at

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