Canada Soccer announces home matches in Toronto for Concacaf Nations League A
Posted on 9 August 2019 in Men's National Team
Canada Soccer have announced that a pair of home matches in 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League A will be played at BMO Field in Toronto. The announcement coincides with the one-year anniversary of Canada, Mexico and USA winning the bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.
The two home matches are Saturday 7 September against Cuba (20.00 local) and Tuesday 15 October against USA (19.30 local). Tickets for both matches will go on sale on Wednesday 19 June at 10.00 ET / 07.00 PT via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000.
Individual match tickets are available starting at just $20 and fans will have the opportunity to save 20% by purchasing a two-match package for both games. The launch of public ticket sales will be preceded by a 24-hour presale offer for Canada Soccer Insiders. Groups of 10+ are eligible for discounts of up to 30% and dedicated sections will be allocated for Canadian supporters as well as those from both Cuba and the United States. For complete ticket information and to submit a group ticket order visit canadasoccer.com/tickets.
“The opportunity to play at home is always an honour and a privilege for the players and the staff,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “To have our own fans there, our boys have been dying for these moments, so we’re excited to get back and start showing Canadians our quality. These games at home are all about getting results, results which will be critical to our FIFA World Cup Qualifiers process. Our fans play a big role in pushing our team forward, so we look forward to seeing a packed house at BMO Field.”
The two home matches are part of a four-match series that features an away match against Cuba on Tuesday 10 September and an away match against USA on Friday 15 November. In all, Concacaf have scheduled 102 matches for Leagues A, B and C across the three FIFA international match windows from September to November 2019.
Through Concacaf Nations League, Canada will host USA in a competitive match in Canada for the first time since 1997. The two sides have since faced each other four times in the Concacaf Gold Cup including the 2007 semi-finals. In 2012 and 2013, the two sides played to 0:0 draws in each nation’s respective centennial match.
Canada most recently hosted Cuba in 2012 as part of a home-and-away set during the group stage of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Canada won the first match away 1:0 and the second match 3:0 at home.
As part of the home and away schedule for Group A of the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League, Canada opens at home against Cuba in September before their away fixture on 10 September. Following the October home match against the United States, Canada will take on the United States on 15 November.
Canada impressed in Concacaf Nations League Qualifying after finishing second in the qualification stage with four wins, 12 points, 18 goals scored, and just one goal conceded. In those four victories, Canada scored nine goals in home victories in Toronto and Vancouver, the most ever in back-to-back home matches for the Men’s National Team.
Canada are two-time Concacaf champions, having won the Concacaf Championship in 1985 and the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2000. In winning the 1985 Concacaf Championship, Canada qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™; in winning the 2000 Concacaf Gold Cup, Canada qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea/Japan 2001.
Canada Soccer's Men's National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won two Concacaf titles: both the 1986 and 1996 Concacaf Men's Youth Championships. Canada have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and seven editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
CONCACAF GOLD CUP
The Concacaf Gold Cup is the official national team championship of the confederation. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Concacaf Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture. For the first time, the 2019 Concacaf Gold will feature 16 participating nations, three host countries, and 17 venues.
Beyond the Concacaf group phase, the top-two teams from each group will advance to the Quarter-final matches on 29-30 June. The Concacaf Semi-finals are 2-3 July and the championship Final is Sunday 7 July.
SUMMER OF SOCCER: TOGETHER WE RISE
Canada’s National Teams have embarked on an incredible month of competition during the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ and the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. Your National Teams are united as “Together We Rise” with the momentum for our game stronger than ever. We urge Canadians to rally behind your National Teams as our Canada Soccer Nation strives for best-ever performances.
Two teams, one badge, standing shoulder to shoulder.