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Crepeau, Edgar Part of Canada Squad for November CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying Match

November 8, 2018 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Ottawa Fury FC News Release

OTTAWA - Canada are heading into their opposition's den with an opportunity to cement their place in 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, and two of Ottawa Fury FC 2018 bright talents, goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau and defender David Edgar, are among the squad of 23 selected by Head Coach John Herdman.

The November away match is expected to provide Canada with new sets of challenges at the home of Caribbean rivals St. Kitts and Nevis, but the Canadian squad will come prepared as they continue to raise their bar on the road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.

Talent, experience, and youth are the highlights of the Canada squad, which have won the first two of four matches in 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying. While Canada sits third out of 34 nations with two wins and 13 goals scored, they head into St. Kitts and Nevis searching for their first-ever goal in official competition at Warner Park Football Field in Basseterre.

"We are really looking forward to this challenge as St. Kitts and Nevis have performed well in Concacaf Nations League thus far," said John Herdman, Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Head Coach. "Given our history in this venue, we know it is a tough place to get a result, but we are clear on our approach and the players will be ready."

Canadian fans can watch the November 18 away match live on at 7 p.m. Fans can also follow the team across Canada Soccer's digital channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, including behind-the-scenes coverage throughout their one-week camp abroad.

At stake are spots in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Group A. From 34 nations, the top 10 will qualify for the biennial Concacaf Gold Cup while only the top 6 will qualify for Group A of the inaugural Concacaf Nations League, joining already qualified nations Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and USA.

"It's a big game for sure and we will have a few things to manage in St. Kitts and Nevis from heat to pitches to jet lag, but nothing that this group can't handle," said Herdman. "It's actually that to which we are looking forward: a good test of our team spirit. This game will create some valuable learnings for the team as a whole as many of our players haven't ventured this deep into the Caribbean for games. We need these uncomfortable experiences now to ensure we have a level of readiness for even tougher matches that we will encounter in the coming years."

Both Crépeau and Edgar have been part of a Canada Men's National Team selection earlier in the year, with Crépeau getting the nod for the September camp and Edgar joining the squad for the October, Toronto-based project. Both are also coming off solid seasons with the Ottawa club and will look to build on that momentum as they represent the country in this upcoming Concacaf competition.

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