Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will feature at least two Montréal-based players when they play at home on 13 June. Impact captain Patrice Bernier and goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau have been confirmed for Canada’s camp for the home Men’s International Friendly match at Stade Saputo. The full roster will be released 30 June ahead of the Canadian Champion second leg semi-final between the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps.
Head coach Octavio Zambrano will have a big group of 25 or more players in camp after which he will make his final selections for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Montréal captain Bernier will return to Canada colours for this important match in his hometown. Bernier made 53 appearances for Canada from 2003 to 2015, with his most recent appearances in January 2015. Bernier has been an important player in the Impact lineup, so coach Zambrano has picked him as one of his veteran cornerstones for the match in June and hopefully the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.
Bernier is a two-time Canadian Championship winner with the Impact, lifting the Voyageurs Cup in 2013 and 2014. He also helped his Montréal club reach the Grand Final of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League, highlighted by the 61,004 crowd who came out to support the Impact at Stade Olympique.
Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau, 23, is part of Canada’s bright future in goal. He has been part of the national youth program since he was 15 and his international “A” debut in 2016- a Canada performance that included winning the Allstate Good Hands Save of the Year. Ahead of the Canada camp, Crépeau will host the 2017 Allstate High Performance Soccer Clinic for players between the ages of 11-16 in Montreal on Sunday 4 June.