Canada’s U-20 Men’s Team heads for Honduras in November for two matches. (Canada Soccer, photo)

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U-20 Team will travel to Honduras for two international friendly matches in November. The pair of away tilts will be played on Nov. 12 and Nov. 15 in Tegucigalpa.

The games will be part of a nine-day camp in the month during the FIFA international window, which will give Canada an opportunity to bring together their top players from both North American- and European-based clubs.

“Qualifying is right around the corner so this camp comes at a vital stage in our preparation,” said Robert Gale, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U-20 Team Coach. “This is a great camp where we can bring together players from both sides of the pond.”

The 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship runs Feb. 17 to March 5 in Costa Rica. From 12 CONCACAF nations, the top four will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 from May 20 to June 11.

The squad for the international series in Honduras will be announced in early November. Only players born 1997 or later are eligible for next year’s CONCACAF and FIFA U-20 competitions.

Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels the nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies.

For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.

– Canada Soccer