Canada opens camp ahead of Belize series
Posted on 1 September 2015 in Men's National Team
Twenty-three Canadian players have traveled safely from their professional clubs around the world to Alliston, Ontario, the small town that boasts Canada's training grounds for the days leading up to FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Friday night.
Most of the players took part in the first afternoon session on Monday 31 August, with the balance of the players arrived just north of Toronto before dinner. Canada will face Belize in a home-and-away series that kicks off Friday 4 September at BMO Field in Toronto. Tickets to the match, presented by BMO, are available viaTicketmaster.ca starting at just $20. The match will also be broadcast across the country on canadasoccer.com.
Canada is scheduled to train Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday in Alliston before heading south to Toronto. The team will have one training session at BMO Field before facing Belize on Friday night. Canada then travels Sunday to Belmopán, Belize ahead of the Tuesday 8 September second leg at FFB Stadium.
It will mark Canada's first trip to Belize since 1983. The winner of the two-leg series will advance to CONCACAF Round 4 of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, joining the winner of the Curaçao-El Salvador series plus Mexico and Honduras in a four-nation group phase.
From a group of 35 CONCACAF nations, 18 remain in the hunt for the 3.5 spots to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. Six CONCACAF nations will be eliminated in this round on 8 September.