Canada to face Trinidad and Tobago in August friendly

The Canadian Soccer Association announced Thursday that Canada's men's national team will take on Trinidad and Tobago in an international friendly in Florida on August 15.
Canada will face Trinidad and Tobago for the first time in nearly 12 years.

The Canadian Soccer Association announced an international friendly between the two CONCACAF sides on Thursday, with the match set to take place on Aug. 15 at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, just outside of Fort Lauderdale.

Canada last faced the Caribbean nation back in 2000, a year in which the two sides met five times in different competitions. Trinidad and Tobago is currently ranked 80th by FIFA, and the dual island country was eliminated from the 2014 World Cup qualification tournament late last year.

"Trinidad was a good fit in the fact that we're playing Panama [in two upcoming matches], which is a very athletic team, and they're a very similar sort of fit," Canada head coach Stephen Hart told reporters in a teleconference on Thursday.

"And the convenience of being able to play the game in Florida, which was easy with the travel on everybody, I think those two factors were very, very important."

The Canadians will use the friendly as a tune up for a pair of crucial World Cup qualifying matches versus Panama in September. Hart's side currently sits two points behind the Panamanians in Group C of the competition.