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Footy Talks Podcast: A crucial camp for the Canadian Men’s National Team

Plus a look ahead at Toronto FC’s home opener

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On paper it seems like more of the same. Canada has, for the most part, cruised through Concacaf Nations League qualifiers. A meeting with 12th place French Guiana, who aren’t even an official FIFA nation, isn’t expected to offer much more resistance.

But there is still a lot on the line. While Canada basically has a spot in the Gold Cup wrapped up already, a win would all but assure them a spot in League A of Nations League proper.

However, it’s also a big opportunity for John Herdman to get a look at all of his key players prior to this summer’s Gold Cup. On top of this, the team will get what is likely its final extended opportunity to go over its tactical identity before the tournament.

On top of this, with players like Mark-Anthony Kaye coming back into the fold, the decision for playing time is going to become even more difficult. This camp will further help determine who should be starting this summer.

Mitchell Tierney and James Grossi of MLSSoccer.com discuss the importance of this international window for Canada on this week’s Footy Talks podcast. They also look ahead to Toronto FC’s home opener against the New England Revolution, and talking about the latest on Jozy Altidore.

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