Canada books friendlies with Jamaica and Panama

Benito Floro will coach his first match on Canadian soil vs. Jamaica on Sept. 9. That match was announced along with an away fixture in Panama in November.
While the first half of 2014 looks to be pretty barren for Canada at the moment, the second half of the year is starting to take shape.

The Canadian Soccer Association announced Tuesday that it had booked a pair of fall friendlies pitting Benito Floro's side against CONCACAF opposition. Canada will host Jamaica at BMO Field in Toronto on Sept. 9, and it will also travel to Panama for a Nov. 18 tilt at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.

“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,” CSA president Victor Montagliani said in a statement. “This will help our program build a stream of high caliber players, compete at the international level and ultimately become a leading soccer nation.”

The Jamaicans last visited Toronto for a 2008 World Cup qualifying match that ended in a 1-1 draw. That match, the first competitive international fixture to be held at BMO Field, set a stadium attendance record that stood for nearly three years.

In the other friendly, Canada will be heading to the Rommel Fernandez for the first time since dropping a 2-0 decision to Panama in a World Cup qualifier played on Sept. 2012. 

More matches will be added to the men's national team's 2014 calendar in the future, according to the CSA statement.

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