Today, the City of Winnipeg announced an agreement with the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) to bring two international soccer matches to the Winnipeg Soccer Complex, 900 Waverley Street, in the spring of 2000. Both matches will be televised nationally, and will feature the Canadian men's World Cup soccer team.
The first match will be an international friendly verses Honduras, to be played May 30, 2000. The second, Canada's World Cup qualifying playoff home game, will be played in June against the runner-up of Caribbean Group 1. The two countries will play a home and away playoff series, with a coin toss determining who hosts the first game. The winner will advance to a World Cup playoff semi-final.
"We're thrilled to again be hosting world-class soccer in Winnipeg," said Mayor Glen Murray. "As Winnipeg demonstrated clearly during the Pan Am Games and the World Junior Hockey Championship, there is simply no better place in Canada to hold a major sport event."
Murray applauded the work of the Canadian Soccer Association and the Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA). "Staging international soccer matches in Winnipeg would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the CSA and MSA. We are very grateful for their support."
"We're very pleased to bring international soccer back to Winnipeg," said Frank Capasso of the Canadian Soccer Association. "The soccer competition was tremendously successful during the Pan Am Games, and we are confident these matches will be equally successful. Our congratulations to the Manitoba Soccer Association and the City of Winnipeg for their hard work on this project."
"We've waited a long time to have our World Cup team play in Manitoba," said Tony Nocita of the Manitoba Soccer Association. "This is a dream come true for the Manitoba soccer community."
Temporary bleachers will be installed at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex for the international matches, increasing capacity to 10,000 seats. Tickets for the events will be available through Select-A-Seat outlets. Ticket prices and dates of sale are not available at this time.
For information, contact Events Coordinator, at 311.