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Canada cancels January training camp over Covid-19 concerns

Lizzy Becherano
Canada cancels January training camp due to Covid-19 concerns
Canada cancels January training camp due to Covid-19 concerns / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages
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The Canada men’s national team announced the cancellation of their January training camp in Florida due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Omicron variant’s impact. 

Head coach John Herdman’s team was scheduled to face Guatemala in a friendly match on January 22 at DRV PNK Stadium, home of Inter Miami. Additionally there was a concurrent Canada U-20 men’s national team training camp in the works as well that has now been scrapped. 

The camp was occurring outside of a FIFA international window to support out-of-season players before the January/February 2022 World Cup qualifying window. Major League Soccer players were to benefit the most from this training opportunity. 

Canada, which currently stands as leaders of the Concacaf Octagonal standings, have six remaining qualifiers in their pursuit of one of the region's three automatic Qatar 2022 spots.

Les Rouges' upcoming three-game window kicks off on Thursday January 27 against Honduras at home, followed by the daunting fixture against the United States on the 30th and El Salvador on February 2. 

The Canadian side shattered expectations after going undefeated in six fixtures and concluding the 2021 window with a harrowing 2-1 victory over North American giants Mexico. 

Canada is on track to qualify for their second ever FIFA World Cup after featuring in the 1986 edition of the tournament.

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