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Canadian Men's National Team playing rare soccer match in Vancouver this weekend

Last Updated Mar 22, 2019 at 10:13 pm PDT

(Source: bcplace.com)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — There’s a big soccer game at B.C. Place this weekend, but it doesn’t involve the Whitecaps.

The Canadian Men’s National Team will be hosting French Guiana.

Senior soccer writer for Sportsnet John Molinaro says it’s not often we get to see a match like this. That could because of the travel distance to the West Coast.

“Canada doesn’t play a lot of games on home soil all that much. It’s been some time since they’ve been out in Vancouver,” he says.

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But it could also be because of the turf.

“I don’t know of any player, when you ask them, give them a choice of playing on natural grass or on artificial surface, I don’t know anyone who would say, yeah, I’ll play on an artificial surface,” he says.

Either way, this match is a meaningful one for Canadians, Molinaro says.

“This is Canada’s last qualifying game for the CONCACAF Nations League Tournament, which is a tournament that involves all the top team from around the CONCACAF region,” he says.

A win or a draw will help Canada qualify for this summer’s big international tournament.