Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Canada - Costa Rica Roster Info

Dale Mitchell announced today his roster for next week's friendly against Costa Rica. The release is here, but I've listed the players below in addition to their club affiliations, which the aforementioned release neglects to do:
# Player Pos. Team League
1 Lars Hirschfeld GK Rosenborg Norway
2 Daniel Imhof D/M Bochum Germany
3 Ante Jazic D LA Galaxy MLS
4 Adrian Serioux D/M FC Dallas MLS
5 Andre Hainault D SIAD Most Czech Rep.
6 Julian De Guzman M Deportivo La Coruna Spain
7 Paul Stalteri D/M Tottenham Hotspur England
8 Patrice Bernier M Kaiserslautern Germany
9 Tomasz Radzinski M/F Xanthi Greece
10 Rob Friend F Monchengladbach Germany
11 Jim Brennan D/M Toronto FC MLS
12 Issey Nakajima-Farran M FC Nordsjaelland Denmark
13 Atiba Hutchinson D/M FC Copenhagen Denmark
14 Dwayne De Rosario M/F Houston Dynamo MLS
15 Olivier Occean F Lillestrom Norway
16 Ali Gerba F IFK Goteborg Sweden
17 Iain Hume M/F Leicester England
18 Chris Pozniak D/M Toronto FC MLS
19 Kevin Harmse M LA Galaxy MLS
22 Kenny Stamatopoulos GK Toronto FC MLS

The 20-man roster is larger than usual, although with the match taking place in Toronto, expenses to bring in the three TFC players must be pretty minimal.

League tally: MLS (7), Germany (3), England (2), Denmark (2), Norway (2), Czech Republic (1), Greece (1), Sweden (1), Spain (1). Toronto FC (3) and LA Galaxy (2) both have multiple players on the roster, and Houston Dynamo might as well if Pat Onstad again has to replace Hirschfeld for some freak injury.

Compared with the roster for the Iceland friendly, this group is slightly more experienced. That group averaged 19.29 caps. There are no first-timers this time, with Stamatopoulos and Harmse the least experienced (5 caps each), and Stalteri with the most appearances (60).
Player Caps
Paul Stalteri 60
Dwayne De Rosario 44
Jim Brennan 43
Tomasz Radzinski 34
Daniel Imhof 33
Atiba Hutchinson 29
Patrice Bernier 25
Julian De Guzman 24
Ante Jazic 20
Chris Pozniak 20
Iain Hume 20
Lars Hirschfeld 19
Ali Gerba 13
Olivier Occean 13
Rob Friend 12
Adrian Serioux 9
Andre Hainault 8
Issey Nakajima-Farran 7
Kenny Stamatopoulos 5
Kevin Harmse 5
Average 22.15

Dale Mitchell's second roster selection also owns a few more than the 27 goals scored by the players for the Iceland friendly. The total is boosted significantly by the inclusion of De Rosario (11 goals) and Brennan (6), as well as the goal Occean scored against Iceland.
Player Goals
Dwayne De Rosario 11
Tomasz Radzinski 9
Paul Stalteri 7
Jim Brennan 6
Ali Gerba 5
Atiba Hutchinson 3
Iain Hume 2
Julian De Guzman 2
Olivier Occean 2
Rob Friend 1
Adrian Serioux 0
Andre Hainault 0
Ante Jazic 0
Chris Pozniak 0
Daniel Imhof 0
Issey Nakajima-Farran 0
Kenny Stamatopoulos 0
Kevin Harmse 0
Lars Hirschfeld 0
Patrice Bernier 0
Total 48

And, if you're scoring at home, this lineup also has 5 last names starting with the letter 'H' (Hutchinson, Hume, Hainault, Harmse and Hirschfeld) as well as 4 'Z's (De Guzman, Jazic, Pozniak and Radzinski).

Other factoids:
  • With his next goal for Canada, Dwayne De Rosario would move into 4th all time, behind only Alex Bunbury (16 goals), John Catliff (19) and coach Dale Mitchell (19).
  • Paul Stalteri's next cap will be his 61st, tying him for 6th all time.
  • 13 of the 20 players participated in June's Gold Cup. The exceptions are Radzinski, Brennan, Imhof, Occean, Serioux, Stamatopoulos and Hirschfeld.
  • Kevin McKenna was called but a deal was reached with his coach for FC Cologne to keep him there because that team is already 4 players to international duty.

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