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Dwayne DeRosario (14) and Team Canada host Costa Rica on Sept. 12. ((Elaine Thompson/Associated Press))

The Canadian men's soccer team will play in Toronto for the first time in almost seven years.

Organizers confirmed Wednesday that Canada will host Costa Rica in a friendly at BMO Field on Sept. 12.

Costa Rica is ranked 50th in the world compared to 103rd for Canada, which is 3-7-5 lifetime versus the Ticos.

It will mark Canada's first match in Toronto since a 0-0 draw with Mexico at Varsity Stadium in a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 15, 2000.

Varsity Stadium, which was built in 1898, was demolished in 2002, leaving Toronto without a suitable venue to host sanctioned international matches.

BMO Field is a 20,000-seat facility being built for MLS expansion entry Toronto FC, which debuts April 28, and for use by the national soccer teams.

With files from the Canadian Press