Canada takes on the Czech Republic in friendly action

Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

The Canadian Men's National team are set to take to the field for their second last game of 2013. It is a year they will look to forget as quickly as possible but a good showing against the Czech Republic would at least help to end a terrible year of performances on a high note.

Canada has just two games left on their schedule for 2013.  It has been a year that has been far from kind to the Canadian Men's National Team as the have endured a string of very poor results, a terrible showing at the Gold Cup, and a scoring drought that just won't seem to end.

With games against the Czech Republic and Slovenia left to end the year there is little hope of things getting much better for the Canadians.  They are two strong opponents but if Canada can at least put in good performances against each of them it would help to end the year on a high note.

Benito Floro has promised that he will field a strong side against the Czech Republic on Friday morning as he continues to use these games to try and improve the team in the present while building for the future.  By naming a starting lineup that includes the likes of Hirschfeld, Hainault, and De Rosario there is some strength there but Floro has again handed starts to some young players like the Toronto FC duo of Doneil Henry and Jonathan Osorio.

The Czech's have certainly not named their strongest possible lineup for this game but there is certainly still plenty of talent in their team.  There are some interesting young talents like Vaclav Kadlec, Ladislav Krejčí, or Václav Kadlec who should be more than enough to cause Canada some troubles.

Canada starting XI: Hirschfeld, Ledgerwood, Hainault, Henry, De Jong, Straith, Ricketts, Osorio, Pacheco, Jackson, De Rosario (C).

Czech Republic starters: Gebre Sealssie, Suchy, Celustka, Sivok, Krejci, Vanek, Kozak, Dockal, Kadlec, Hubschman.

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