Canada national team coach Benito Floro speaks with media
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CanMNT: Canada to close 2013 with international friendly against Czech Republic in November

It’s been a historically difficult year for the Canadian men’s national team – but Les Rouges will have one more chance to redeem themselves before 2013 is done.

The Canadian Soccer Associated announced on Wednesday that Canada will face the Czech Republic in an international friendly on Nov. 15 in Olomouc.

Canada are still looking for their first win of the year after three draws and eight losses so far in 2013. The squad, which has competed under interim head coaches Colin Miller and Tony Fonseca as well as current head coach Benito Floro (above), has only scored one goal in those 11 games.

The team’s most recent result was a 3-0 loss to Australia last week, which extended Canada’s goalless drought to eight games.

The Czechs finished their unsuccessful 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Bulgaria on Oct. 15, and has a record of four wins, two draws and three losses so far in 2013.

The Czech Republic sit at No. 27 in the most recent FIFA world rankings, while Canada sit at an all-time low of No. 111. The two teams last met on Nov. 15, 2003, with the Czechs emerging as 5-1 winners. Tomasz Radzinski scored Canada’s only goal on that day.

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