VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Thursday that striker Lucas Cavallini and goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau have been called up to Canada MNT for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup this July.
The duo will depart to join the national team following the ‘Caps July 4 road match at FC Dallas.
Canada’s group slate begins on July 11 versus Martinique. They also play on July 15 against the team that comes out of the preliminary matches between Haiti, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda, and Barbados. On July 18, Canada face the United States in a much-anticipated clash between the neighbouring rivals. All three Canada group stage matches will be played at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS.
The top two teams in each group advance to the Knockout Stage, beginning on July 24. The final will be played on August 1 at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, NV.
“The Concacaf Gold Cup allows Canada to keep building on the momentum from the last six matches in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers,” said head coach John Herdman. “We’ve missed the opportunity to play some of these big matches that come at a Concacaf Gold Cup, so every match counts to create that spirit and cohesion required to take this country to the next level. We need this dynamic group of players to keep growing and learning together and the Concacaf Gold Cup provides great experience to prepare us for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.”
Cavallini scored a pair of goals in his most recent stint with Canada in World Cup qualifying this past June. He ranks tied for fifth on Canada’s goalscoring list with 16 goals, including five at the 2019 Gold Cup.
Crepeau most recently suited up for Canada during the World Cup qualifiers just prior to the MLS season. He has six appearances for Canada MNT, making his Gold Cup debut as a substitute in 2017.
This summer’s tournament marks the third Gold Cup experience for Cavallini and Crepeau, with each being part of Canada’s roster in 2017 and 2019.