Canada to play El Salvador in international friendly in Houston

Team Canada's David Junior Hoilett. (Jon Blacker/CP)

Canada’s men’s soccer team will take on CONCACAF Gold Cup rival El Salvador in Houston next month in an international friendly.

Canada Soccer said in a release Sunday that a portion of the net proceeds from the Oct. 8 match between the two Gold Cup quarter-finalists will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

The Canadian side is coming off a 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Sept. 2 in Toronto.

"This is a very timely match for us as El Salvador and Jamaica’s levels are comparable to our level at the international stage," said Canada’s head coach Octavio Zambrano. "Like us, they had a good showing at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, so we now need to demonstrate that we can be better than them."

Canada and El Salvador posted scoreless draws in a pair of 2015 matches before Canada beat El Salvador 3-1 in FIFA World Cup qualifiers last year.

Overall, Canada is 8-4-4 in 16 international matches against El Salvador.

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