The Benito Floro era is finally set to begin for the Canadian national team.
The squad will open its first training camp under their new head coach (above, right) beginning Sept. 1 in in Valencia, Spain, the Canadian Soccer Association announced on Friday. The CSA will announce the squad for the camp during the week leading up the camp.
The 10-day camp will include Floro’s first games in charge, both against the West African country of Mauritania on Sept. 8 and 10. Mauritania are currently ranked at No. 151 in the latest FIFA rankings and are one of only four teams that didn’t enter into qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Floro watched Canada’s participation in the 2013 Gold Cup under interim head coach Colin Miller and officially assumed control of the team after the tournament concluded at the start of August. Canada went out of the tournament with just a single point and no goals against Panama after losses to Martinique and Mexico.
Canada (0-2-6) are still looking for their first win of 2013. They have two draws and six losses in eight games played and have scored just once in those games.