On 3 June, the Men's National Team will begin its 2012 home season with a Centennial match against cross-border rivals USA at BMO Field in Toronto. This match will commemorate the first official match that Canada played on home soil when they defeated the Americans 1-0 on 27 June, 1925 at Alexandra Park in Montreal.
To mark the occasion, Canada will wear a Centennial kit specially designed by Umbro. The Women's National Team will also wear the Centennial kit on 30 June when they meet the USA at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Limited quantities of the Centennial jersey and anthem jacket are both available for sale at canadasoccer.com along with a special edition Centennial cap from New Era.
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The shirt, in royal blue with a white collar and eye-catching red maple leaf crest, has been tailored by Umbro to celebrate this important anniversary in the CSA’s history. The shirt, and the accompanying Anthem jacket also crafted by Umbro, will be seen on the field as Canada recreates that iconic first game with a friendly against the United States on June 3rd in Toronto. We’re sure they’d be happy with the same scoreline as that first match 100 years ago as well! The game is the final warm-up before both Canada and the USA resume their World Cup qualification games, so it’s sure to be an important fixture for both teams.
"The Canadian Soccer Association is pleased to celebrate its past, present and future as we continue our year-long tribute to 100 years of the beautiful game in this country," stated Victor Montagliani, newly elected President of the Canadian Soccer Association. He added that "We look forward to having Canadian players, coaches, administrators and fans from the grassroots through to our National Teams join in the celebration. We commend Umbro and their historically relevant Centennial kit that is an important part of our sport's history in this country."