The Canadian men's U-23 team may have failed to qualify for this summer's Olympics, but they are already looking ahead. Today the Canadian Soccer Association announced that the squad will take on the Guyana senior national team in a friendly on May 15.
The match is expected to be played in Guyana. The squads for this roster will be announced in early May. Since the match is not being played during an international break, Canada could be without many of its MLS talents.
Guyana is a country located in northern South America, however they joined CONCACAF in 1961. They will be using this match against Canada to prepare their senior team for the upcoming Caribbean Cup qualifiers. The tournament is the qualification process for Caribbean teams vying to appear at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Guyanese national team are currently ranked 153rd in the world, good for 17th in the region. Notable players on the Guyana national team include Anthony Whyte of League1 Ontario's Sigma FC, Neil Danns of Bolton Wanderers and ex-Toronto FC midfielder Emery Welshman. Welshman is currently playing for Real Salt Lake.
The Canadian men's U-23 team came within one game of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics, but ultimately lost decisive games 2-0 to Mexico and the United States. This was the third straight tournament that Canada came within one game of qualifying for the Olympics before losing.
Canada are also expecting to use this camp to take a look at some of its other options heading into future CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying games. The team will be coached by national team assistant coach Michael Findlay, Canadian men's national team U-20 coach Rob Gale will serve as an assistant.
Gale was recently at the head of a Canadian U-20 camp that saw Canada beat England 2-1 in a friendly. Many of the players who were involved in that camp are likely to be in the lineup when Canada takes on Guyana.