Friday, October 03, 2008

Canada roster for Honduras, Mexico qualifiers

Some of the contributors over at the Voyageurs forum are losing their shit over Dale Mitchell's selections for the next two qualifying matches, particularly the selection of Kevin Harmse and leaving Jim Brennan behind.


We're not big fans of the Pineapple Express either, but it's a depth move and Brennan hadn't done much useful for Canada anyway. Other surprises are the return of the Wizard of Poz, Chris Pozniak, and Josh Wagenaar coming into the squad to backup Lars, instead of Greg Sutton or Pat Onstad.

As always, you can consult the official version, but my quick and dirty summary of the player called up should be all you need:

Player Pos. Team League
Lars Hirschfeld GK CFR Cluj Romania
Chris Pozniak D/M Dundee FC Scotland
Mike Klukowski D Club Brugge Belgium
Kevin McKenna D 1. FC Köln Germany
Andre Hainault D FK SIAD Most Czech Rep.
Julian de Guzman M Deportivo La Coruna Spain
Paul Stalteri D/M Tottenham England
Kevin Harmse D/M Toronto FC MLS
Tomasz Radzinski M/F Lierse Belgium
Ali Gerba F Milton Keynes Dons England
Richard Hastings D Inverness CT Scotland
Dejan Jakovic D Red Star Belgrade Serbia
Atiba Hutchinson M F.C. København Denmark
Marcel de Jong D/M Roda JC Netherlands
Patrice Bernier M FC Nordsjælland Denmark
Rob Friend F Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany
Iain Hume F Barnsley FC England
Joshua Wagenaar GK Yeovil Town FC England
Dwayne De Rosario** M/F Houston Dynamo MLS
Adrian Serioux** D/M FC Dallas MLS

** Serioux and De Rosario are unavailable for the Honduras match due to suspension. Expect them to play against Mexico.

All-time caps and goals:
Player Caps Goals
Lars Hirschfeld 24 0
Chris Pozniak 21 0
Mike Klukowski 18 0
Kevin McKenna 37 9
Andre Hainault 11 0
Julian de Guzman 35 4
Paul Stalteri 70 7
Kevin Harmse 6 0
Tomasz Radzinski 43 9
Ali Gerba 21 10
Richard Hastings 51 1
Dejan Jakovic 1 0
Atiba Hutchinson 39 2
Marcel de Jong 4 0
Patrice Bernier 34 0
Rob Friend 21 2
Iain Hume 25 2
Joshua Wagenaar 1 0
Dwayne De Rosario 52 15
Adrian Serioux 18 1
Total 532 62
Average 26.6 3.1

I have a hard time getting too worked up about these selections. The dream is dead, or close to it, and there is no reason to believe Canada will play any worse with Poz, Harmse, and de Jong on the bench than when Imhof, Occean and Brennan were riding pine.

If you're as worked up as I am about the Montreal Impact's recent triumphs, you might want to make the case for Sandro Grande, but with the fixture congestion they've been dealing with (a figure I heard is a match every 2.8 days since August) he could probably use the rest.

I still think Will Johnson would have been a good choice, although the ridiculous MLS move to play on international dates complicates that a bit.

1 comment:

Headhunting Canuck said...

ugh, and we have to blog this disaster right?