|1||Greg Sutton||GK||Toronto FC||MLS|
|3||Mike Klukowski||D||Club Brugge||Belgium|
|4||Kevin McKenna||D||1. FC Köln||Germany|
|5||Adrian Serioux||D/M||FC Dallas||MLS|
|6||Julian De Guzman||M||Deportivo La Coruna||Spain|
|7||Paul Stalteri||D/M||Tottenham Hotspur||England|
|8||Jim Brennan||D||Toronto FC||MLS|
|10||Ali Gerba||F||Milton Keynes Dons||England|
|11||Richard Hastings||D||Inverness CT||Scotland|
|12||Issey Nakajima-Farran||M||FC Nordsjælland||Denmark|
|13||Atiba Hutchinson||D/M||FC København||Denmark|
|14||Dwayne De Rosario||M/F||Houston Dynamo||MLS|
|15||Patrice Bernier||M||FC Nordsjælland||Denmark|
|16||Rob Friend||F||Borussia Mönchengladbach||Germany|
|17||Iain Hume||F||Barnsley FC||England|
|18||Pat Onstad||GK||Houston Dynamo||MLS|
By the numbers:
|Dwayne De Rosario||49|
|Julian De Guzman||32|
|Dwayne De Rosario||15|
|Julian De Guzman||3|
There are no real surprises here. Ali Gerba had been without a club for most of the summer, but it is hard to keep his goal scoring ratio out of the lineup. Kevin McKenna hasn't played for Canada since the South Africa friendly last November, but it is hard to argue against the inclusion of a 1. Bundesliga player (this roster includes 3: McKenna, Daniel Imhof, and Rob Friend).
Iain Hume is a player that had been on the bubble in my mind, but at this point he probably deserves the outside mid/forward supersub role more than a player like Josh Simpson or Jaime Peters. Lars Hirschfeld is omitted because he isn't starting for his club, while Greg Sutton gets the #1 jersey. We'll see if that means he's a starter on his home turf at BMO Field.
The shifting geography of professional teams is always interesting to keep an eye on. The breakdown for this group:
MLS - 5 (Sutton, Serioux, Brennan, De Rosario, Onstad)
Germany - 3 (McKenna, Imhof, Friend)
Denmark - 3 (Hutchinson, Nakajima-Farran, Bernier)
England - 3 (Stalteri, Gerba, Hume)
Spain, Greece, Scotland, Belgium - 1 each (De Guzman, Radzinski, Hastings, and Klukowski, respectively)
This is a strong group, quite likely the strongest Canada has ever assembled, and I'm excited to see what they're able to do against Jamaica. Of course, I won't find out until 3 days after the fact, but you'll be able to enjoy the experience live, or at least on tape delay (yes, it's a possibility -- get up in Sportsnet's grill a bit about that!).
Our adopted son Mike is in the roster of course, and expect him to start and play well next Wednesday.
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