The Canadian Men’s National Team head into their Concacaf Nations League opener against Curaçao on Thursday against the backdrop of ongoing labor disputes between the players and the federation.

On Sunday, the CanMNT refused to play a friendly against Panama, explaining their decision via a letter titled ‘Dear Canada’ in which they outlined concerns over their share of World Cup prize money, broadcast and sponsorship contracts relating to the World Cup and equal pay issues alongside the Women’s National Team.

Canada will take to the field again to face Curaçao on Thursday and ahead of that match, team captain and veteran midfielder Atiba Hutchinson has sought to clarify the position of the players.

“At the moment, as a team, we’re just looking for transparency,” he told reporters “We’ve been working on getting legal representation, so that’s where we’re at on that front. That’s what we’re looking to do. So from here, we’ll leave that with the representatives.”

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