The Canadian men’s team will play a pair of CONCACAF final round matches on their own turf and will seek to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Canadian men’s team, which recently reached the Gold Cup semifinals, is scheduled to face Honduras (September 2) and El Salvador (September 8) at BMO Field in Toronto in September, Canada Soccer announced on Monday.
Both games are subject to authorization from the Government of Canada, and public health approvals from the city of Toronto and the province of Ontario are still pending to allow for fan attendance.
“We really want to sing that anthem at home in Canada with our fans, there is no better sound in the sport,” Canada Soccer men’s national team head coach John Herdman said in a press release.
“We have shown in recent times that we are prepared to give a real boost to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. With the fans behind us at home, it will take us to another level.”
Between home games, Canada will meet the United States on September 5 in Nashville.
Canada has posted a 9-0-2 record this season, including eight consecutive victories, and reached the Gold Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2007.
The team is also scheduled to face Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama in the coming months, although dates and venues have yet to be announced.
Canada reached the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round for the first time since 1997 after emerging victorious in their first round group against Aruba, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Suriname.
“The last qualifying process in June was really important for this group of men to build resilience and camaraderie in games where you knew that if you slipped, our dream of the FIFA World Cup would be gone,” Herdman said.
“That kind of pressure, the expectation, the scrutiny and the consequences just hardened the group. With those moments, confidence has grown and the Concacaf Gold Cup continued to build. “