Canada sits in third place in Group A after an opening day 1-0 loss to Honduras at the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship. Canada needs to rebound in three days when they face Mexico in their second of three matches in Costa Rica.
From 12 nations, only four will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017. Mexico (3 points / +3 goals difference) and Honduras (3, +1) are the leaders in Group A followed by Canada (0, -1) and then Antigua and Barbuda (0, -3).
In the opening match, Canada had the better chances in the first half before Honduras scored in the 77th minute. Canada returned with pressure, but the referee ultimately blew the whistle before Canada could score an equalizer.
Canada opens vs. Barbados in Beach Soccer event
Canada will play three matches in four days in the opening phase of the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship. From the four-nation, round robin group, only two will advance to the championship round with hopes of qualifying for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.
All three Canada matches will be broadcast live on CONCACAF’s Facebook channel, with opponents Barbados (Feb. 20), Mexico (Feb. 21), and Guadeloupe (Feb. 23) to follow in succession. Canada Soccer will also provide in-match updates on Twitter as well as post-match coverage on CanadaSoccer.com.
In all, 16 nations are left vying for two CONCACAF spots at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017. All 16 nations will play six matches at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, with both elimination and seeding matches scheduled through to championship final on Feb. 26.
Canadian Women’s National Team add match against Sweden
Canada Soccer has added a second Women’s National Team international friendly to the April FIFA International window, announcing Canada will play Sweden on April 6 in Trelleborg, Sweden.
Canada last played Sweden, the 2016 Rio Olympic Silver Medalists, in a two match series in November 2014, winning 1-0 in the first match and tying the second 1-1.
The April match will be the 20th between the two nations, the previous meetings have ended with 12 wins for Sweden, four for Canada, and three draws.
Canada is ranked fourth in the FIFA World Rankings, while Sweden is ranked eighth. The match against Sweden will precede Canada Soccer’s previously announced match against Olympic gold medalist Germany in Erfurt, Germany on April 9.
10 Canadian women land spots on NWSL teams
Canada Soccer has announced the 10 Canadian Women’s National Team players allocated to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), including eight returning players and two recently drafted players.
The following Canadian players have been allocated by Canada Soccer to the NWSL:
- Janine Beckie, 22, from Highlands Ranch, CO/Houston Dash
- Allysha Chapman, 27, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers
- Sabrina D’Angelo, 23, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage
- Stephanie Labbé, 30, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit
- Diana Matheson, 32, from Oakville, ON/ Washington Spirit
- Desiree Scott, 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City
- Christine Sinclair, 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC
- Shelina Zadorsky, 23, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit
- Kailen Sheridan, 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (2017 draft)
- Nichelle Prince, 21, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (2017 draft)
For more information about the NWSL, visit www.NWSLsoccer.com
For more details on Canada Soccer, visit canadasoccer.com.
– Canada Soccer