MONTREAL - Midfielders Mathieu Choinière and Samuel Piette have been selected by the Canadian men’s national team for the upcoming international break from October 9 to 17.
Following an inactive September international window, interim head coach Mauro Biello's squad is back in action for an international friendly against Japan. The match will be played at Denka Big Swan Stadium, in Niigata, Japan, on Friday October 13 at 7:30pm (local time).
This will be a second camp with the senior national team for Choinière, after attending a training camp in Bahrain in November 2022 in preparation for the 2022 World Cup. The 2023 MLS All-Star midfielder played his 100th MLS match with CF Montréal last Saturday, becoming the first Homegrown player to achieve the feat. In 26 MLS games this season, including 25 starts, Choinière has tallied four goals and four assists in 2256 minutes of playing time.
The camp will also mark Piette's return to the Reds. Injured at the start of the season, the midfielder had not joined a national team camp since his call-up to the 2022 World Cup roster in Qatar. Piette has 66 caps for Canada since making his debut in 2012.
Canada will use the October window as part of its ongoing preparation for the 2023/2024 Concacaf Nations League which serves as the qualifier for Concacaf teams participating in the CONMEBOL Copa America 2024. Canada has been drawn directly into the quarterfinal stage of the Concacaf Nations League which will be played in a home-and-away format during the November FIFA Match Window.