Costa Rica, Canada will get friendly in June

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — Canada’s women’s soc­cer team will host Costa Rica in a pair of June friendlies in Win­nipeg and Toronto.

The series starts in Win­nipeg on June 8 be­fore shift­ing to Toronto for a June 11 game.

It’s the lat­est ad­di­tion to a fix­ture list that sees the fourth-ranked Cana­di­ans de­fend their ti­tle at the Al­garve Cup in early March in Por­tu­gal be­fore play­ing No. 8 Swe­den on April 6 in Trelle­borg, Swe­den, and No. 2 Ger­many in Er­furt, Ger­many, on April 9.

The Cana­di­ans will open play at the Al­garve Cup against No. 15 Den­mark, No. 23 Rus­sia and No. 38 Por­tu­gal.

Canada last played No. 29 Costa Rica in Fe­bru­ary 2016 at the CONCACAF Olympic qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Hous­ton, win­ning 3-1 to se­cure its berth in Rio where it went on to win bronze.

“Get­ting to play in front of Cana­dian fans is re­ally spe­cial, so we are ob­vi­ously thrilled to be com­ing home for an­other June two-match series,” coach John Herd­man said in a state­ment.

“We’ll be com­ing off away games against both Swe­den and Ger­many, Olympic sil­ver and gold medal­lists re­spec­tively, so we’re con­fi­dent the team will be in good shape to pro­duce a win­ning per­for­mance for both sets of fans.”

Canada last played in Win­nipeg in 2014, ty­ing the U.S. 1-1 in a game that saw young de­fender Kadeisha Buchanan help make her name.

The Cana­dian women played in Toronto last June prior to the Olympics, los­ing 2-0 to Brazil at BMO Field. Herd­man’s squad beat Brazil 1-0 three days later in Ot­tawa on a late Ja­nine Beckie goal.

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