Sunday, August 19, 2007

Canada - Iceland Roster Info

I've been on hiatus for a while, but I'm back just in time to talk about Dale Mitchell's first squad selection as Canada's national team manager (CSA release). He has already had a first player, certainly the first of many, withdraw from the squad. According a post on the Voyageurs forum, Lars Hirschfeld had to cancel after slicing the tip of his thumb clean off with a cheese slicer! No replacement has yet been named. The CSA release doesn't include the players' teams, so I list them now as a public service.

Lars HirschfeldRosenborg BK
Ledgerwood, Nik1860 Muenchen
Klukowski, MikeClub Brugge
Hainault, AndreFK SIAD Most
De Guzman, JulianDeportivo La Coruna
Stalteri, PaulTottenham Hotspur
Bernier, PatriceFC Kaiserslautern
Radzinski, TomaszUnattached
Friend, RobBorussia Moenchengladbach
Hastings, RichardInverness CT
Nakajima-Farran, IsseyFC Nordsjaelland
Hutchinson, AtibaFC Copenhagen
Imhof, DanielVfL Bochum
Occean, OlivierLillestrom
Gerba, AliIFK Goteborg
Hume, IainLeicester
Begovic, AsmirBournemouth

If you're scoring at home, that's Germany - 4, England - 3, Denmark - 2, Norway - 2 (if you count Lars), Spain - 1, Sweden - 1, Scotland - 1, Belgium - 1, Czech Republic - 1, and unattached land at 1 as well.

This is an entirely European-based roster, as was expected, while the September friendly in Toronto against Costa Rica should see more North American players. There is a mix of experience and youth, with Ledgerwood and Begovic possibly in line to receive their first cap, while Paul Stalteri will record his 60th. Tomasz Radzinski is without an employer, after failing to re-sign with Fulham or catch on with any other team over the summer.

Here is how the caps break down:

Stalteri, Paul59
Hastings, Richard43
Radzinski, Tomasz33
Imhof, Daniel32
Hutchinson, Atiba29
Bernier, Patrice24
De Guzman, Julian23
Hume, Iain19
Friend, Rob12
Gerba, Ali12
Occean, Olivier12
Klukowski, Mike8
Hainault, Andre7
Nakajima-Farran, Issey6
Begovic, Asmir0
Ledgerwood, Nik0

This is a more experienced squad than in some recent matches, with Begovic as the only player from Mitchell's U-20 squad at this summer's World Cup.

If Mitchell doesn't call up a replacement for Hirschfeld, his decision about who to start in goal will be made easy. Begovic, currently playing in the English 3rd tier, would make his first start for the senior squad. A more difficult question to answer is where the goals will come from. Have a look at the scoring output of the roster assembled.

Radzinski, Tomasz9
Stalteri, Paul7
Gerba, Ali5
Hutchinson, Atiba3
De Guzman, Julian2
Hume, Iain2
Friend, Rob1
Hastings, Richard1
Occean, Olivier1
Begovic, Asmir0
Bernier, Patrice0
Hainault, Andre0
Imhof, Daniel0
Klukowski, Mike0
Ledgerwood, Nik0
Nakajima-Farran, Issey0

Radzinski has been relatively productive for the national team, and Gerba has a decent strike rate with 5 goals in only 12 games. Hutchinson has been scoring well for his club playing in a wide position but has done so less often for Canada. With only 31 goals between them, they will be looking for a player like Rob Friend or Olivier Occean to step up, with help from the midfield. By comparison, Eidur Gudjohnsen has more than half as many goals himself (17) as Canada's entire squad.

I'll post some starting lineup related thoughts in the next few days, as well as info about possible video streams for the match, since it is not being carried on Canadian television.

Any factual mistakes in the data presented are entirely my own. The data source, the CSA, is generally correct factually; their databases deal instead in temporal inaccuracies of several years.

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