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:
|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|
|Kevin Harmse||D/M||Toronto FC||MLS|
|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:
|Julian de Guzman||35||4|
|Marcel de Jong||4||0|
|Dwayne De Rosario||52||15|
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.