Here's a look at the 19 players called up:
|GK||Pat Onstad||40||Houston Dynamo||MLS|
|M||Martin Nash||32||Vancouver Whitecaps||USL|
|GK||Greg Sutton||30||Toronto FC||MLS|
|F||Charles Gbeke||29||Impact de Montreal||USL|
|M/F||Dwayne De Rosario||29||Houston Dynamo||MLS|
|D/M||Adrian Serioux||28||FC Dallas||MLS|
|D||Adrian Cann||27||Vancouver Whitecaps||USL|
|F||Rob Friend||27||Borussia Monchengladbach||Germany|
|M||Antonio Ribeiro||27||Impact de Montreal||USL|
|D/M||Chris Pozniak||27||San Jose Earthquakes||MLS|
|F||Dave Simpson||25||Sparta Praha||Czech Rep.|
|M||Issey Nakajima-Farran||23||FC Nordsjaelland||Denmark|
|D/M||Kevin Harmse||23||Los Angeles Galaxy||MLS|
|D/M||Dejan Jakovic||22||U of Alabama-Birmingham||NCAA|
|D||Paris Nakajima-Farran||18||Naestved BK||Denmark|
* - Wagenaar's status is officially 'unattached' but he is likely to be with Toronto FC shortly.
Obviously, we had bad info the other day that Stephen Ademolu would be called, but we were right about Paris Nakajima-Farran.
A few general thoughts about the roster:
- This is a real mixed bag, with invitees ranging from Canada's top players (De Rosario, Friend) to relative unknowns (Paris, Jakovic)
- 3 keepers on the roster is more than usual, although that is likely more for the purposes of the camp than the friendly with St. Lucia
- If part of the idea was to take a look at potential U-23 players, Dale Mitchell would have been wise to call more than 4 eligible players (Paris, Wagenaar, Jakovic and Rosenlund).
- Hopefully for the unattached guys (Rosenlund, Williams, Reda, potentially Jakovic) this is a chance to get noticed and sign with a decent side.
- We're glad to see Serioux again, excited that Onstad is still interested in being part of the picture, a bit confused that Nash is back, and rather shocked that Friend was called when the rest of the German contingent (Bernier, Simpson, Imhof, and others) stayed in Europe.
|Dwayne De Rosario||45|
The only players in the mix to score for Canada are De Rosario (12), Nash (2), Friend (1), and Reda (1), but surely this total of 16 will swell a bit with the St. Lucia friendly.
As mentioned above, it's a strange mix, and we are interested to see how it plays out. A lot of players who could provide depth for WCQ (Harmse, Pozniak, Sutton, Serioux, Issey), some (very) fringe guys and the youngsters for the U-23 group, will have a chance to show something, but we won't learn a lot about the players that will be lining up against St. Vincent and the Grenadines in June, and for the other important matches later in the year. The Estonia friendly will likely provide us with a clearer picture of what our A lineup under Mitchell will look like.
Issey and Paris Nakajima-Farran could be the first brother act to suit up for Canada since the Lenarduzzis, but it's not the one that we'd really get excited about. Some promising-ish news on the Jonathan De Guzman front:
The father of Jonathan de Guzman, one of Canada's most talented soccer players, says the chaos in the Canadian Soccer Association continues to discourage his son from playing for Canada's national team.Now, that doesn't sound all that great. But keep in mind two things: 1) Bobby de Guzman is a bit of a blowhard, and 2) This indicates that Jonathan hasn't ruled out Canada, which previously seemed to be the case.
"If the CSA wasn't in such a horrible state, he would've played for Canada by now. I don't know that for a fact, but it's just a strong feeling I have," Bobby de Guzman told Tom Harrington of CBC News.
The CSA situation isn't likely to resolve itself quickly, but we're hopeful.