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Canadian U-20 men prepare for international test

Posted on 17 May 2010 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada’s men’s U-20 team has opened camp in Netherlands and is preparing for its first international friendly match against Japan. Canada was originally scheduled to face Japan on 20 May, but will now face Japan two days earlier on Tuesday 18 May.

Canada was actually scheduled to face Egypt on 18 May, but the match has been canceled as Egypt has not arrived in Netherlands. Canada will face Japan on 18 May and Dutch Division 1 club Stormvogels VV on Thursday 20 May.

"We are looking forward to our first international match," said Canadian national head coach Valerio Gazzola. "The camp has been good and all of our players had the chance to play in our closed-door exhibition against Cruz Azul."

The current camp runs 13-24 May in and around Alkmaar, Netherlands. Canada played a closed door match against Cruz Azul on 16 May (three 30-minute periods). Canada will also play five 40-minute mini matches in a tournament on 22 and 24 May. Canada will play three games on the first day and two more on the second day of the mini tournament featuring club and international teams.

Canada is currently preparing for next year's 2011 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship. Next year's confederation championship will feature 12 teams from North America. The CONCACAF championship will serve as the qualification route for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011.

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