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Canadian men to face Qatar, Uruguay in September ahead of World Cup

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TORONTO – Canada will get a style of World Cup opposition in September with video games in Europe in opposition to Qatar and Uruguay forward of the boys’s soccer showcase in Qatar in November.

Each matches will happen in Vienna, in opposition to Qatar on Sept. 23 and Uruguay on Sept. 27. Sept. 19-27 marks the final FIFA worldwide window earlier than Qatar.

Uruguay is ranked thirteenth on the earth whereas Qatar, the reigning AFC Asian Cup champions, is No. 49. The Canadian males are presently forty third.

“We have now a possibility to expertise two FIFA World Cup opponents inside an analogous timeframe as a FIFA World Cup schedule, so these two matches will present our gamers and workers with an opportunity to rehearse our on- and off-the-field processes and techniques aligned to the competitors’s three-day turnaround,” Canada coach John Herdman mentioned in an announcement.

“With the second match in opposition to Uruguay, it is going to be a real Tier 1 take a look at given the depth and high quality of their gamers which provides us a possibility to judge our squad and our strategy.”

Canada has performed Uruguay simply as soon as, dropping 3-1 on the Orange Bowl in February 1986. The sport was a part of the Miami Cup, a six-team match designed as a warmup for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico — which marked Canada’s solely earlier different participation on the World Cup.

The Canadian males have by no means confronted Qatar.

Host Qatar will play out of Group A on the World Cup, alongside Ecuador, Senegal and the Netherlands. Uruguay is in Group H with Portugal, Ghana and South Korea.

Drawn in Group F, the Canadians are scheduled to face No. 2 Belgium on Nov. 23, No. 15 Croatia on Nov. 27 and No. 22 Morocco on Dec. 1.

The September window marks Canada’s first away journey to Europe since March 2018. Canada final performed an Asian opponent in November 2016 and a South American crew in 2014.

Canada's Cyle Larin (17) celebrates his goal with Richie Laryea against Jamaica during first half CONCACAF World Cup soccer qualifying action in Toronto on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Canada will get a taste of World Cup opposition in September with games in Europe against Qatar and Uruguay ahead of the men's soccer showcase in Qatar in November.

Herdman’s crew final performed in June, beating No. 84 Curacao 4-0 in Vancouver and dropping 2-1 to No. 80 Honduras in San Pedro Sula in CONCACAF Nations League play.

A warmup match in opposition to Iran earlier in June was known as off as a consequence of public criticism over the opposition. Panama changed Iran because the June 5 opponent in Vancouver however the recreation was known as off as a consequence of an deadlock in contract discussions between the gamers and Canada Soccer.

Canada certified for Qatar on March 27 with a 4-0 victory over Jamaica at Toronto’s BMO Area. The Canadians wrapped up their qualifying marketing campaign March 30 in Panama, ending atop the ultimate qualifying spherical standings in CONCACAF at 8-2-4.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first printed July 14, 2022

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