Canada announces international friendly with Costa Rica

OTTAWA (ONTARIO) –The Canadian Soccer Association announced today their men’s national team has scheduled an international friendly with CONCACAF rival Costa Rica. The two teams will play in Toronto at the National Soccer Stadium on 12 September 2007.



Canada has faced Costa Rica 15 times at the men’s senior team level, including four matches in past Gold Cup competitions. Costa Rica won the last match 1:0 on a Jafet Soto penalty kick in the 2005 Gold Cup (7 July in Seattle, WA). Canada won their previous Gold Cup match in 2003 (1:0 after a Paul Stalteri strike) while both teams earned draws in 2000 (2:2) and 1993 (1:1). In 11 other match-ups (World Cup qualifying or international friendly matches), Canada has recorded two wins, six losses and three draws. In all, Canada has faced Costa Rica 39 times at all levels (Canada has 14 wins, 15 losses and 10 draws).

OTTAWA (ONTARIO) –The Canadian Soccer Association announced today their men’s national team has scheduled an international friendly with CONCACAF rival Costa Rica. The two teams will play in Toronto at the National Soccer Stadium on 12 September 2007.



Canada has faced Costa Rica 15 times at the men’s senior team level, including four matches in past Gold Cup competitions. Costa Rica won the last match 1:0 on a Jafet Soto penalty kick in the 2005 Gold Cup (7 July in Seattle, WA). Canada won their previous Gold Cup match in 2003 (1:0 after a Paul Stalteri strike) while both teams earned draws in 2000 (2:2) and 1993 (1:1). In 11 other match-ups (World Cup qualifying or international friendly matches), Canada has recorded two wins, six losses and three draws. In all, Canada has faced Costa Rica 39 times at all levels (Canada has 14 wins, 15 losses and 10 draws).



Canada and Costa Rica will also face each other in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer. Canada and Costa Rica were drawn into the same group with Guadeloupe and Haiti. The tournament will feature its biggest prize pool ever after CONCACAF announced that prizes more than doubled for all winners and qualifiers in the 12-team tournament. From the tournament’s 16-year history (eight finals), Canada were Gold Cup champions in 2000.

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