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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

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Jul-13 16:16 first published at 16:16 PM


ATLANTA – Prior to the men’s soccer showcase in Qatar in November, Canada will play games against Qatar and Uruguay in Europe in September to get a taste of World Cup competition. On September 23 against Qatar and on September 27 against Uruguay, both games will be played in Vienna. The final FIFA international period before Qatar runs from September 19 to 27. The current AFC Asian Cup champions, Qatar, are ranked No. 49 in the world, whereas Uruguay is ranked No. 13. The men of Canada are presently ranked 43rd. In order to practice their on- and off-the-field procedures in accordance with the competition’s three-day turnaround, Canada’s coach, John Herdman, said in a statement: “We have the opportunity to face two FIFA World Cup opponents inside a comparable time frame as a FIFA World Cup program.” Given the breadth and caliber of Uruguay’s roster, the second game against them will be a true Tier 1 test, giving us a chance to assess our team and strategy. Canada only lost its lone match against Uruguay, 3-1, in the Orange Bowl in February 1986. The match was a component of the Miami Cup, a six-team competition created as a warm-up for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, which was Canada’s only other World Cup appearance. Qatar has never been faced by the Canadian men. At the World Cup, host Qatar will compete in Group A together with Ecuador, Senegal, and the Netherlands. Along with Portugal, Ghana, and South Korea, Uruguay is in Group H. The Canadians were drawn in Group F and will play No. 2 Belgium on November 23, No. 15 Croatia on November 27, and No. 22 Morocco on December 1. Canada’s first overseas trip to Europe since March 2018 takes place during the September travel window. In November 2016 and 2014, respectively, Canada last faced an Asian team and a South American squad. The last time Herdman’s team competed was in the CONCACAF Nations League, they defeated No. 84 Curacao 4-0 in Vancouver and fell to No. 80 Honduras 2-1 in San Pedro Sula. Early in June, a pregame game versus Iran was canceled because of backlash from the general public on the opposition. Iran was replaced by Panama as the opponent for the June 5 game in Vancouver, however the match was postponed because of a stalemate in contract negotiations between the players and Canada Soccer. On March 27, Canada defeated Jamaica 4-0 at Toronto’s BMO Field to earn a spot in Qatar. The Canadians finished first in the CONCACAF qualification round rankings with an 8-2-4 record as they finished their qualifying campaign on March 30 in Panama. —- Twitter user @NeilMDavidson to follow The Canadian Press initially released this article on July 14, 2022. PARTICIPATE IN THE CHAT Anyone can read Conversations, but you must have a registered Torstar account to participate. You can open a Torstar account right away if you don’t already have one (it is free) Sign UpSign In Discussions represent the reader viewpoints and are governed by the Code of Conduct. These views are not supported by The Star. The Star & Partners has more.

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