The Canadian men’s national team will cap off an exciting summer of soccer with yet another home friendly match. Canada Soccer announced at a press conference this morning that Les Rouges will take on Jamaica on September 2 at BMO Field in Toronto.
The match will be Canada’s second home friendly of 2017, as they take on Curaçao at Stade Saputo in Montreal on Tuesday. That match will help Canada gear up for this summer’s Gold Cup, which kicks off in early July.
Canada will be hoping to use these matches to improve on their FIFA ranking of 109th. Being ranked higher, specifically in CONCACAF, is crucial to getting a more favourable draw for World Cup qualifying going forward.
”Canada Soccer is pleased to bring back the men’s national team to BMO Field in Toronto for this important feature against a long standing CONCACAF rival,” said Canada Soccer president Steve Reed in a press release. “We are confident that Canadian fans will come out and support the team as we blend our emerging talent with a strong group of veterans.”
Canada last played Jamaica at the 2015 Gold Cup, a match they lost 1-0 to a Jamaican team who eventually made it all the way to the tournament final. Jamaica, however, have struggled to build on that performance since. Like Canada, they failed to advance to the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifying.
There was some speculation that Canada could be playing a more high-profile opponent in celebration of the country’s 150th year of existence. However, newly appointed head coach Octavio Zambrano has been consistent in saying his team will mainly play CONCACAF opponents to prepare for competitive matches.
Tickets for the match will go on sale June 21 on Ticketmaster. They start at $20, and as they have in the past will include access to the Canadian National Exhibition (the Ex).