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Canadian men’s national team to play Iceland in January friendly

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The match against the world #39 team could be critical for World Cup qualifying

United States v Canada - CONCACAF Nations League Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Canada’s quest for the Hex will officially continue next month. The men’s national team has scheduled a January 15 friendly against Iceland in an attempt to make up some ground in the FIFA rankings.

The match will take place in Irvine, California, and is outside an official international window which will affect the rosters both teams can select. For Canada, it is expected that they will have an MLS heavy roster, likely with a few Canadian Premier League players added as well.

Canada are currently 15 points behind El Salvador who sit sixth in Concacaf. The top six teams after the FIFA rankings are released in June will qualify for the Hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying.

El Salvador will also take on Iceland during this window, as well as another friendly against the United States. There have been some attempts on their part to schedule the Iceland game as a training match in order to avoid lost FIFA points.

Iceland and Canada last played in January of 2015, when the European nation defeated and drew against the Canadians in a pair of friendlies.