Canada Soccer announced on Tuesday that the Canadian men's team will face Panama in an international friendly on June 5 at BC Place in Vancouver.
The national sports body was left scrambling to find a new opponent after it ended up cancelling a Canada vs. Iran friendly for the same day following widespread criticism.
The game was marred in controversy in light of the Canadians who died on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was shot down minutes after taking off from Tehran on Jan. 8, 2020. Reportedly, 55 Canadian citizens were among the 176 people killed.
In the latest TFC Republic video blog, I discuss the importance of this game against Panama for the men's team's World Cup preparations and how it offers coach John Herdman an opportunity to experiment.
Watch the video below: