Thursday, May 22, 2008

Canada roster for Brazil and Panama

With less than 10 days before Canada kicks a ball in anger against Brazil, the roster for that match and the following friendly against Panama (in Miami) has been released.

If you can't be bothered to click through, I've given a helpful summary below:

Pos Name Team League Caps Goals
GK Lars Hirschfeld CFR Cluj Romania 22 0
GK Pat Onstad Houston Dynamo MLS 52 0
GK Greg Sutton Toronto FC MLS 10 0
GK Joshua Wagenaar Lyngby BK** Denmark 1 0
M Patrice Bernier FC Kaiserslautern Germany 28 0
D Jim Brennan Toronto FC MLS 44 6
D Adrian Cann Vancouver Whitecaps USL 1 0
M Julian de Guzman Deportivo la Coruna Spain 27 2
D/M Marcel de Jong Roda JC Netherlands 1 0
M/F Dwayne de Rosario Houston Dynamo MLS 46 13
F Rob Friend Borussia Monchengladbach Germany 15 1
F Ali Gerba FC Ingolstadt Germany 15 5
D Andre Hainault Sparta Praha Czech Rep. 10 0
D Richard Hastings Inverness CT Scotland 45 1
M Atiba Hutchinson FC Copenhagen Denmark 32 2
D Ante Jazic Los Angeles Galaxy MLS 22 0
D Mike Klukowski Club Brugge Belgium 11 0
M Issey Nakajima-Farran FC Nordsjaelland Denmark 10 0
D/M Tam Nsaliwa AEK Athens Greece 11 0
M/F Jaime Peters Ipswich Town England 13 0
M/F Tomasz Radzinski Skoda Xanthi Greece 37 9
D/M Adrian Serioux FC Dallas MLS 11 0
D/M Paul Stalteri Fulham England 63 7

I could engage in some thoughtful discussion about the roster, discuss the notable omissions (Iain Hume, Kevin McKenna) and surprising or disappointing selections (Adrian Cann and Jaime Peters respectively).

I could break down the professional geography of this team, and point out the large Northern European contingent (8 players between Denmark, Germany, and the Benelux countries, and 2 more if you call Josh Simpson (injured) and McKenna (?)). Or the relatively high number of North American based players (6 MLS players and a fill-in from the second-tier USL).

But instead I'll go negative and worry for a bit what a best-case back four of Stalteri - Hainault - Klukowski - Brennan will do against Brazil. (Mitchell is probably shitting his pants about this as we speak). Or worse, imagine a player like Adriano (he's coming, right?) terrorizing Cann or Hastings.

In the article, Mitchell deflects attention away from getting a result against Brazil (and rightly so) and instead on preparing the team for the 2 game series with St. Vincent and Grenadines. But I'm more interested in the Panama friendly, which apparently will take place behind closed doors. Not literally of course, as I assume they'll play out doors. How we do against Panama will give a good indication of this team's chances against similar (although better) teams like Honduras and Jamaica.

The inclusion of Nsaliwa is more or less awesome as his citizenship swapping in order to bag a wife or achieve a more favourable status in European leagues or some such underhanded dealing could have shut him out of the team for good.

** The club status of Wagenaar is listed as 'unattached' in the CSA presser but we know better.

And here's a link to the CBC story -- there's not really anything new there other than mention of a few players in the Brazil camp. This is purely a cynical ploy to get a few clicks from the feature on CBC articles that links to blog posts. Kind of like an electronic circle jerk.

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