For the first time in a calendar year, it looks like the Canadian men’s national team will be back in action. Plans are in place for a January camp to take place at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida between the 9th and 24th.
Waking the Red has learned the camp is expected some sort of match component as well, whether that be friendlies or training matches, against at least one other national team. Canada’s last match came on January 15, 2020, when they lost 1-0 to Iceland.
Given this camp will be played outside of FIFA windows, and potentially will not even include any official friendlies, the roster is expected to be largely domestically based. However, Herdman is expected to take an extended look at his national team player pool so some European-based players will likely be included as well.
Bradenton is a familiar locale for the men’s national team. They last played there in 2018 against the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of qualifying for Concacaf Nations League. They won that match 8-0, the biggest win in the program’s history.
While by all indications this camp is expected to go forward in some capacity, it is worth noting that Canada had also planned for a European-based camp in November. That ultimately never got past the planned stages. There were also rumours about playing in Panama during this window, but that looks incredibly unlikely now.
Provided it goes forward, the camp will allow Canada to prepare for the opening round of Concacaf World Cup qualifying, which is scheduled to begin in March. The year is also expected to have a Gold Cup tournament and Olympic qualifying for the men’s national team.