Canada to play Jamaica, Panama in friendlies

Canada will host Jamaica at BMO Field on September 9. (Nathan Denette/CP)

The Canadian men’s soccer team announced a pair of international friendlies for their 2014 schedule on Tuesday.

Canada will host Jamaica on September 9 at Toronto’s BMO Field in a match that sees Benito Floro coach his first game on Canadian soil. Canada will travel to Panama to play an away match in Panama City on November 18.

The Reds have a recent history with Panama—they split a pair of games in the last cycle of FIFA World Cup qualifying and battled to a 0-0 stalemate in the 2013 Gold Cup.

“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,” Victor Montagliani, president of the Canada Soccer Association, said is a news release.

“This will help our program build a stream of high caliber players, compete at the international level and ultimately become a leading soccer nation.”

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