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Canada Draws Brazil, Panama and Peru in Group Stage for Pan Am Games

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The women's national team will take on Brazil, Costa Rica and Ecuador at Toronto 2015. The tournament's kick off July 11 for the women and July 12 for the men.

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Canada's U-22 National team will be in tough to get out of their group at Toronto 2015 this summer, after it was announced that group would consist of Brazil, Panama and Peru. The women's team, who are the defending Pan Am champions, will have it considerably easier also drawing Brazil coupled with Costa Rica and Ecuador.

The men's tournament, which kicks off on July 12 will certainly be more than preparation just for 2016 Olympic qualifiers. On home soil Canada will be hungry to get out of their group, and show Canadians how far the country's soccer program has come since the last time it hosted an international youth event.

In 2007 Canada was the host of the U20 World Cup, where they failed to advance from their group or score a goal. The team will be hoping that home field advantage will be more in their favour this time around as they try to at least be competitive this on their home field.

On the women's side of things the tournament will start July 11, but most attention in the country will be on another July event: Canada 2015. John Herdman has already acknowledged that it will be a second choice team that takes to the field as the Women's World Cup wraps up on July 5.

The same can probably be said about the Brazilian national team, who also believe they have a decent shot at winning Canada 2015. Costa Rica and Ecuador will also be involved in the World Cup tournament, but neither are considered competitive on the world stage.

The men's national team will also be dealing with roster conflicts, as the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Major League Soccer season will be taking place at the same time. While Doneil Henry, Cyle Larin, Keven Aleman and Samuel Piette would all be eligible for the U-22 side, there is a chance they will be up with the senior national team team.

Brazil will be the toughest opponent for both the men's and women's side, as they are ranked sixth and seventh in the world respectively. The women's team lost to Canada in the final of the last Pan Am games, while the Men failed to advance past the group stage. Canada was not involved in the men's tournament at the 2011 Pan Ams.

Panama and Peru are beatable opponents for the men, but both will provide a major challenge as well. Panama recently lost in penalties in the final of the the U20 CONCACAF Championship, showing their ability at this level. Peru missed a spot at the 2015 U-20 World Cup by four points.

Here is Canada's schedule for both the men's and women's events. All matches will be played at Tim Horton's Field in Hamilton, ON.

Men's Tournament (July 12- July 26):

Date/Time Team #1 Team #2
Sunday, July 12, 2015 17:30 Canada Brazil
Thursday, July 16, 2015 17:30 Panama Canada
Monday, July 20, 2015 17:30 Canada Peru
Thursday, July 23, 2015 17:30 Group A Winner Group B Runner Up

Group B Winner Group A Runner Up
Saturday, July 25, 2015 13:00 Semi-Final Loser #1 Semi-Final Loser #2
Sunday, July 26, 2015 13:00 Semi-Final Winner #1 Semi-Final Winner #2

Women's Tournament July 11- July 25:

Date/Time Team #1 Team#2
Saturday, July 11, 2015 18:00 Canada Ecuador
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 17:30 Costa Rica Canada
Sunday, July 19, 2015 17:30 Canada Brazil
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 17:30 Group A Winner Group B Runner Up
Group B Winner Group A Runner Up
Friday, July 24, 2015 20:30 Semi-Final Loser #1 Semi-Final Loser #2
Saturday, July 25, 2015 18:30 Semi-Final Winner #1 Semi-Final Winner #2