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Halifax Wanderers Flying To Florida For Preseason

By on February 27, 2023 0 857 Views

It’ll be a much warmer preseason this year than compared to the last for the Halifax Wanderers.

The east coast Canadian Premier League team has confirmed that it will spent a large swath of its preseason camp in Florida, where the team will undergo four matches to get itself match-ready for the 2023 CPL season.

The club roster will report to camp tomorrow ahead of two weeks of closed-door preparatory sessions in Halifax, aside from one free-to-attend practice session offered exclusively to season ticket members on March 12.

After that, the team will fly out to Auburndale, Florida, where they’ll set up camp at Lake Myrtle Sports Park. It’s there where four exhibition matches will help the club get up to speed.

The team will play Montverde Academy (March 18), Stetson University (March 21), Inter Miami CF II (March 25), and the University of South Florida (March 27) during its extended stateside stay.

Halifax Wanderers Zachary Fernandez
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The team will wander home to Halifax on March 28, wrapping up preseason camp with one last exhibition match against the Nepean Hotspurs Ottawa Selects on April 8, an event that will be open to the public – though venue and kickoff time details are still set to come.

“After a busy off-season, including significant changes to our coaching staff and playing squad, we’re excited to get everyone together as the real work starts on the pitch,” said Wanderers Sporting Director Matt Fegan. “Patrice, his staff and all the players have done extensive work in the weeks leading up to camp to prepare everyone physically and tactically, setting the tone for the season so they can all hit the ground running here in Halifax.”

Halifax Wanderers Patrice Gheisar
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The Halifax Wanderers will the kick off their 2023 Canadian Premier League season with an away trip to Atletico Ottawa on April 15, marking the start of the Patrice Gheisar era at the club.

Gheisar intends to instill an attacking identity with the east coast club. They parted ways with Stephen Hart after four seasons with him at the helm, two of which saw them score less than any other team.

Gheisar has brought several League1 Ontario familiars with him up to the professional level, so there’ll be plenty of eyes watching to see how Halifax performs in the club’s fifth-ever season.

See Also: 2023 CPL Roster Tracker

The full Halifax Wanderers training camp roster will also be announced prior to the first preseason training session set for March 1.

The Wanderers won’t be the only CPL team set for stateside trip, with York United heading down to Pennsylvania and Texas, whilst Cavalry looks set to visit Portland.

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