The Canadian women will face Argentina and Morocco in soccer friendlies in Spain in October

The Canadian women will face Argentina and Morocco in soccer friendlies in Spain in October

Canada’s women’s soccer team will play Argentina and Morocco in international friendlies in Spain during the FIFA international window in October.

The seventh-ranked Canadians will face No. 31 Argentina on Oct. 6 and No. 76 Morocco on Oct. 10, both games to be played at the Estadio Municipal in Jerez.

“This window gives us a chance to experience the different styles of opposition that will come with the expansion of the 32-nation FIFA Women’s World Cup,” Canada coach Bev Priestman said in a statement. “I am happy that we have secured two countries that are capable. And who we can face a lot next summer.

“There are still some players missing due to injuries and I hope we can continue to assess players in a wider pool and see if they get the opportunity to step up as we have seen in Australia. “This is the last window before the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The cup draw and from this window we are keen to learn our way and finalize the plan for 2022-2023.”

The joint hosting of the 2023 World Cup by Australia and New Zealand is scheduled for October 22 in Auckland.

The Olympic champion Canadian women have won all five of their matches with Argentina, outscoring the South Americans 12-1. Canada prevailed 1-0 when they last met, at the Shebelle Cup in Orlando in February 2021. The last three events, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2011 Pan American Games, were determined by one goal.

Canada has played Morocco twice before, both in February 2001 at the Rabat camp. Canada won the first match 4-0 and lost the second match 1-0 two days later.

Canada has a pair of wins over Australia, 1-0 on September 3 in Brisbane and 2-1 on October 6 in Sydney. They were Canada’s first two internationals since qualifying for the World Cup at the CONCACAF W Championship in July.

Canada’s women are 8-2-3 this year with defeats to the U.S., 1-0 in the CONCACAF W Championship final, and Spain, 1-0 at the Arnold Clark Cup in February.

The 2023 World Cup will be held from July 20 to August 20 in nine host cities across Australia and New Zealand.

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