After being eliminated from World Cup qualifying earlier this month, Canada Soccer is already looking forward. Despite being without a head coach after Benito Floro's contract was not renewed, the national team is expecting to play friendlies in both the October and November international windows.
Today it was revealed that Canada will meet Morocco in a friendly next month, likely to be its first match in the post-Floro era. The Royal Morrocan Football Federation confirmed the match on their website. The Canadian Soccer Association has not yet confirmed the friendly.
The match will be played on October 11 at the Stade de Marrakech in Morocco. The home side will also play Togo in the upcoming international window, while it is not clear yet whether Canada will play an additional match.
Morocco will present a big challenge for the Canadian team, as they are currently ranked 58th in the World, and are the 10th best team in CAF. Canada, meanwhile, just recently dropped out of the top 100 in the world, and are now ranked a lowly 103rd.
The Morrocan team is currently preparing for the third round of CAF World Cup qualifying, where they play in a group with Gabon, Mali and Ivory Coast. The top team in the group will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The star men on the Morrocan squad include Medhi Benatia of Juventus who is the captain. Also notable is Sofiane Boufal of Southhampton, Nabil Dirar of AS Monaco, and Karim El Ahmadi of Feyenoord.
For Canada, the biggest question going into this camp will be who will coach the team. The CSA has already said that they will name an interim head coach for their upcoming friendlies, but they have not yet decided who will take over. Colin Miller, head coach of FC Edmonton, took over the team for a short period following the last change of coach in 2013.