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Canada M23 ready to face USA in ‎Olympic Qualifiers opener

Posted on 29 September 2015 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada’s Men’s U-23 Team embarks on their Olympic Qualifying journey on Thursday against one of the favourites of this year’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Canada will face rival USA on the opening day of the 2015 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifiers soccer competition in Kansas City, KS. The two CONCACAF rivals will kick off at 20.00 local (21.00 ET / 18.00 PT) on Thursday 1 October.

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Though the Americans are one of the driving forces in the CONCACAF region, Canada has some great memories of success at this age group. Almost four years ago, Canada went into Nashville, Tennessee and came away with a shock 2:0 win as the Americans were eliminated in the group stage of the competition while Canada made it to the tournament’s semi-finals.

Only Samuel Piette returns from that squad in 2012 that beat the Americans and there’s nothing he’d like more than to pull off some drama once again.

“For sure we want to repeat what we did three years ago against the USA,” said Piette after Canada wrapped up their first training session in Kansas City on Tuesday morning. “The most important thing is to try and get the win and we want to go for the three points here.”

From eight remaining CONCACAF nations, two or three will qualify for Rio 2016.‎ Both semi-final winners on 10 October will qualify for Rio 2016 while the third-place winner on 13 October will advance to an intercontinental playoff against Colombia.

The team arrived on Monday after wrapping up a week-long training camp north of Toronto. The team has mixed off-field meetings and on-field training to build on the tactical concepts they’ll be using in the tournament.

“The most important thing we have to do in the games is just to do what we’ve been doing in the camp,” said Floro. “They are fighting well and have been pressing a lot so we need to play while thinking about our possibilities.”

The team has had a couple of days to train in Kansas ahead of the match, with a final session planned for 30 September.

Fans can follow the team throughout the tournament on Twitter @CanadaSoccerEN and contribute to the conversation using #canM23. Video reactions and post-match reports will also be posted regularly to canadasoccer.com and CanadaSoccerTV.

 

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