Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada to Play U.S. Virgin Islands in Florida Because of Lack of Suitable Venue

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada to Play U.S. Virgin Islands in Florida Because of Lack of Suitable Venue

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Canada to play U.S. Virgin Islands in Florida

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TORONTO - Canada will open its CONCACAF Nations qualifying play in Bradenton, Fla., because of a lack of a suitable venue in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The two teams will meet Sept. 9 at the IMG Academy.

After the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is ranked 199th in the world, No. 79 Canada will host No. 177 Dominica on Oct. 16 in Toronto. Canada will then play at No. 135 St. Kitts & Nevis on Nov. 18 and host French Guiana on March 26.

No venue has been announced yet for the home game against French Guiana, which is unranked because it is not a FIFA member.

The qualifying round serves as an appetizer for the 2019 debut of the competition showcasing teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean. Eventually the participating CONCACAF countries will be divided into three tiers with promotion and relegation. …

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