Patrice Bernier and Maxime Crépeau will play for Canada
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will feature at least two Montréal-based players when they play at home on 13 June. Impact captain Patrice Bernier and goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau have been called into Canada’s camp for the home Men’s International Friendly match at Stade Saputo.
Head coach Octavio Zambrano will announce his full camp roster on Tuesday 30 May during the Canadian Championship match night in Montréal. Zambrano will have a big group of 25 or more players in camp after which he will make his final selections for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Montréal captain Bernier will return to Canada colours for this important match in his hometown. Bernier made 53 appearances for Canada from 2003 to 2015, with his most recent appearances in January 2015. Bernier has been an important player in the Impact lineup, so coach Zambrano has picked him as one of his veteran cornerstones for the match in June and hopefully the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.
Bernier is a two-time Canadian Championship winner with the Impact, lifting the Voyageurs Cup in 2013 and 2014. He also helped his Montréal club reach the Grand Final of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League, highlighted by the 61,004 crowd who came out to support the Impact at Stade Olympique.
Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, 23, is part of Canada’s bright future in goal. He has been part of the national youth program since he was 15 and his international “A” debut in 2016- a Canada performance that included winning the Allstate Good Hands Save of the Year. Ahead of the Canada camp, Crépeau will host the 2017 Allstate High Performance Soccer Clinic for players between the ages of 11-16 in Montreal on Sunday 4 June. To register for the event, click here http://allstatesoccerclinics.com/Montreal.
CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP ON TSN & RDS
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Canada Soccer and TSN will broadcast both the semi-final rounds and final of the 2017 Canadian Championship. The six matches will be broadcast on TSN while both Montréal semi-final matches will be equally available with French-language coverage on RDS.
Following the first legs on 23 May, the return legs of the semi-final phase will be broadcast on 30 May (Montréal v Vancouver) and 31 May (Toronto v Ottawa). The championship matches will be played 20 or 21 June and 27 June.
SUMMER OF SOCCER IN CANADA
This summer, Canada Soccer’s National Teams will play in Winnipeg, Toronto and Montréal from 8-13 June. The Women’s National Team will face Costa Rica on 8 June at Investors Group Field and 11 June at BMO Field before the Men’s National Team, in their send-off match before the CONCACAF Gold Cup, face Curaçao on 13 June at Stade Saputo.
For complete ticket and event information, fans can visit canadasoccer.com/tickets.
CONCACAF GOLD CUP
Taking place every two years, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is the official national team championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Drawing large crowds and millions of television viewers from across the region, the Gold Cup is a celebration of soccer, sportsmanship, and culture.
Canada are two-time CONCACAF champions, having won the CONCACAF Championship in 1985 and the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2000. Since the first edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 1991, Canada’s best finishes are first place in 2000 and semi-final finishes in 2002 and 2007. All time, Canada have posted a record of 15 wins, 11 draws, and 15 losses in 41 matches.
In 22 international matches since the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Canada’s record is eight wins, five draws, and six losses, including most recently a 1:1 draw with Scotland on 22 March 2017.
Canada Soccer outlines return to soccer guidelines. The return to soccer guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool.