22 January in Hamilton, Bermuda
Canada will face CONCACAF opponent Bermuda in an away Men’s International Friendly match on 22 January 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda. The Sunday afternoon match at the Bermuda National Sports Centre will kick off at 15.00 local and be broadcast live on canadasoccer.com.
The international match will help kick off Canada’s 2017 season, which will include the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. To help prepare for the match, Canada will group for close to two weeks in USA and Bermuda starting 12 January.
“The international match will come at the back end of our extended January camp,” said Michael Findlay, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Interim Head Coach. “We wanted to arrange a game that was close in vicinity and also gave us a good step from which to the start of the season.”
The January camp will kick off with a larger pool of players, mostly featuring North American-based players that are just entering their pre-seasons. The list of players will be announced in the first week of January.
“We want to give our players a leg up in their preparation for the new season, but also give us the opportunity to assess and evaluate a larger group of players,” said Findlay. “There will also be an internal competition within the group as only 18 players will be selected for the travel to Bermuda.”
This will mark the ninth meeting between the two nations dating back to FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1968. Canada is unbeaten in that stretch with four wins and four draws, including a 3:0 win in their last meeting 10 years ago on 25 March 2007.
Over the past two years, Canada’s overall record is nine wins, seven draws and eight losses in 24 international matches against all opponents.
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