Canada announces friendlies

Action from the CONCACAF Gold Cup match between Canada (white jersey) and Panama on July 14, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo: Mexsport)

OTTAWA – Canada will face two sides that advanced to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying in friendlies later this year, the Canadian Soccer Association announced Tuesday.

The Canadians confirmed that they will host Jamaica on September 9 at BMO Field in Toronto and visit Panama on November 18.

“Canada Soccer is pleased to announce these men’s international friendly matches against two of CONCACAF Top 10 nations as we believe that in order to improve, our National Teams must compete against the best and more often,” said Victor Montagliani, President of Canada Soccer.  “This will help our program build a stream of high caliber players, compete at the international level and ultimately become a leading soccer nation.”

In 16 all-time games between them, Canada has seven wins compared to three for Jamaica.  They last squared off on January 31, 2010, a 1-0 win for the host Jamaicans in Kingston.

Canada has lost only once to Panama in eight meetings, posting three victories.  Their previous encounter ended in a 0-0 draw on July 14, 2013, at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Denver, Colorado.