Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Canada roster vs Jamaica

Dale Mitchell has released his roster for the World Cup qualifier against Jamaica, to be played next Wednesday, 20 August 2008, in Toronto:

# Player Pos. Team League
1 Greg Sutton GK Toronto FC MLS
2 Daniel Imhof D/M Bochum Germany
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
9 Tomasz Radzinski M/F Xanthi Greece
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:

Player Caps
Paul Stalteri 67
Pat Onstad 55
Dwayne De Rosario 49
Richard Hastings 48
Jim Brennan 47
Tomasz Radzinski 41
Kevin McKenna 37
Atiba Hutchinson 36
Daniel Imhof 35
Julian De Guzman 32
Patrice Bernier 31
Iain Hume 22
Ali Gerba 18
Rob Friend 18
Mike Klukowski 15
Adrian Serioux 15
Issey Nakajima-Farran 14
Greg Sutton 11
Total 591
Average 32.83

Player Goals
Dwayne De Rosario 15
Kevin McKenna 9
Tomasz Radzinski 9
Ali Gerba 9
Paul Stalteri 7
Jim Brennan 6
Julian De Guzman 3
Atiba Hutchinson 2
Rob Friend 2
Iain Hume 2
Richard Hastings 1
Issey Nakajima-Farran 1
Greg Sutton 0
Daniel Imhof 0
Mike Klukowski 0
Adrian Serioux 0
Patrice Bernier 0
Pat Onstad 0
Total 66
Average 3.67

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.

Other bloggage:
Footie Fool: Canada names roster for WCQ against Jamaica
Unto the Dogs: Canada v. Jamaica: Thoughts on the Selections

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