Canada books October friendly with Australia

The Canadians are still searching for their first win of 2013, and will face an Australia side that has already qualified for next year's World Cup.
Canada has announced its next friendly opponent, and it's one that's led by a familiar face.

The Canadians will square off with Holger Osieck's Australia on Oct. 15 in London, England. Osieck was Canada's head coach from 1998 to 2003, with his time highlighted by the country's first and only CONCACAF Gold Cup victory in 2000.

The 65-year-old German has been in charge of Australia's program since 2010, and he has since guided the Socceroos to qualification for next year's World Cup in Brazil. The 53rd-ranked Aussies have qualified for three consecutive World Cup tournaments.

In the decade since Osieck left North America, Canada has continued to struggle within CONCACAF. The Canadians have had some modest success in the Gold Cup tournament over the years, but they've never matched the unexpected run to the top that they had under Osieck at the turn of the century.

Over the past year, Canada has suffered arguably its worst run of results in a generation, as the side remains winless in 10 games in 2013 with just two goals scored. Currently ranked 106th the world, Canada will look to continue to build a framework under new head coach Benito Floro.