Canada to visit Honduras for U-20 friendlies

Canada (pictured) convenes for a team photo prior to an under-20 friendly against host Costa Rica on September 3, 2016, in San Jose. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)


OTTAWA -- Canada will travel to Tegucigalpa for a two-game friendly series against host Honduras on November 12 and 15, Canada Soccer announced Monday.

The two matches will be played during the FIFA international break as part of a nine-day camp, which will give Canada an opportunity to bring together its 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 Canada head coach Rob Gale. "This is a great camp where we can bring together players from both sides of the pond. It's an important opportunity to bring them together and get them down into the CONCACAF environment against a strong opposition in Honduras.”

The next CONCACAF Under-20 Championship will be played February 17-March 5, 2017, in Costa Rica. The top four finishers will qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic.

Canada has participated in eight previous U-20 World Cups, but none since it hosted the competition in 2007.