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Sports Canadian men's soccer team returns to action on weekend with scrimmage against U.S.

22:50  21 january  2021
22:50  21 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

Strong play from Romanov, Kotkaniemi in Canadiens' first scrimmage

  Strong play from Romanov, Kotkaniemi in Canadiens' first scrimmage Who needs a pre-season game? Certainly not Canadiens head coach Claude Julien, who was pleased with what he saw Thursday when the team held the first of two scrimmages at their training facility in Brossard. “I thought the intrasquad game we played today was even more competitive than when we play exhibition games against other teams,” Julien said during a video conference call following the scrimmage. “Usually, you bring half your regulars and half the players you want to see and give them some experience. It’s never the same competition as what we had today.

The video showed some highlights of First Team soccer scrimmage . All First Team players train together and prepare for the summer season in technical and

However, the men ' s national team hasn't even been particularly close recently; they've fallen before the final round of CONCACAF (North and Central American) qualifying Is Canadian soccer development progressing or regressing, and has having so many MLS teams in particular helped or hindered it?

The Canadian men see their first action in more than a year Saturday when they take on the U.S. in a soccer scrimmage in Bradenton, Fla.

Dion Cools playing a game of football © Provided by The Canadian Press

Both teams are holding camps at the IMG Center there.

Saturday's meeting is not considered an official match, given it will be in the form of two 70-minute scrimmages, allowing both coaches to dig deep into their squad.

Because the camp does not fall in a FIFA international window, both teams do not have their full lineups with a lot of young talent called in.

Still, the camp marks the start of what Whitecaps striker Lucas Cavallini calls a "crucial year" for Canada with World Cup and Olympic qualifying starting in March and the Gold Cup in July.

The 28-year-old from Toronto had six goals in 18 games in his first season with the Whitecaps.

Cavallini has won 17 caps for Canada with 11 goals and one assist.

The Canadian men, currently ranked 72nd in the world, last played Jan. 15, 2019, when they lost 1-0 to No. 46 Iceland in a friendly in Irvine, Calif.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2021

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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