Canada has capped an 11-day camp in Austria with a 2:1 victory over Uzbekistan. The June 2016 camp, which also included a 1:1 draw against Azerbaijan, provided Canada with preparation for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers in September.
Canada will face Honduras away on 2 September and El Salvador at home on 6 September. Of those three teams, only one will finish second behind Mexico and advance to the CONCACAF “Hex,” the six-nation 2016-17 final round from which three nations will qualify for Russia 2018 and a fourth-place nation will advance to an intercontinental playoff against the fifth-best team in Asia.
“The camp has been very positive,” said Benito Floro, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach.
David Edgar scored the opening goal on a header from a Scott Arfield free kick. Canada’s second goal came off an own goal from Akramjon Komilov after a cross from the left by Junior Hoilett.
“We came into camp working on some things that (head coach) Benito thought we needed to improve,” said Tosaint Ricketts. “He was happy with that which we showed today; it was a good win.”
Of note, Tosaint Ricketts made his 50th appearance for Canada.
“It has been wonderful,” said Ricketts. “I love the national team, the camps, the guys. I have a great passion for this country. It is a great honour to reach 50 caps.”
Players will now return to their professional clubs, with some in the midst of their 2016 season and others heading into pre season for the 2016-17 season. Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will regroup again at the end of August.