Ex-US national team coach Tom Sermanni is in camp with Canada as a technical consultant for training sessions ahead of Wednesday’s match against Germany in Vancouver.
Sermanni’s role is only for the camp and he is not on the staff in any official capacity. He confirmed that on Saturday, saying that he agreed to join the camp after coach John Herdman reached out to him. Sermanni, who was fired by U.S. Soccer on April 6 after 15 months as head coach, says he and Herdman have a long-standing relationship from Sermanni’s time as Australia coach and Herdman’s time as New Zealand coach.
“We’ve had a close relationship since our times in Australia and [New Zealand] and used to do some things together back then to help each other and our mutual teams,” Sermanni said Saturday. “So he asked me up to essentially hang around and have a look at how they operate and if there was any technical observations I might have.”
The CSA tweeted a photo that includes Sermanni on the sideline of a Canada training session:
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) June 13, 2014
Canada hosts Germany on Wednesday at BC Place in Vancouver, where the 2015 World Cup final will be held.
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