Canada announces Edmonton friendly vs. Costa Rica

The Canadian men's national team will make a return to the Alberta capital on May 28.
The Canadian Soccer Association announced Tuesday that its men's national team will host a friendly in Edmonton on May 28 against fellow CONCACAF side Costa Rica.

The match will serve as preparation for this summer's Gold Cup tournament, which kicks off on July 7. It will be the first national team match at Commonwealth Stadium since 2008.

“We are pleased to bring this match against Costa Rica to the passionate western Canada soccer community,” CSA president Victor Montagliani said in a written statement. “This match, which will serve as great preparation for the Men’s National Team in the lead up to this summer’s Gold Cup, is the result of the strong relationships the Association has been able to build with other CONCACAF nations.”

The most recent meeting between Canada and Costa Rica at the senior men's international level came back in 2009, when the two sides fought to a 2-2 draw at that year's Gold Cup competition. Canada sports a record of 4-7-7 (W-D-L) against the Central American nation since 1985.