Friday, May 22, 2009

Canada roster for Cyprus friendly - the Real McCoy

After a puzzling Canada roster was published by the Cyprus FA, diehard Canadian soccer fans were left scratching their heads. The new roster, albeit still preliminary, clears up a few of the obvious mistakes of the first.

The players:

# Player Pos. Team League
1 Lars Hirschfeld GK CFR Cluj Romania
18 Kenny Stamatopoulos GK FC Lyn Oslo Norway
2 Nik Ledgerwood D/M TSV 1860 München Germany
3 Chris Pozniak D/M Dundee FC Scotland
4 Adrian Cann D Esbjerg fB Denmark
5 Kevin McKenna D 1. FC Köln Germany
6 Julian de Guzman M Deportivo la Coruna Spain
7 Paul Stalteri D/M Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany
8 Tyler Hemming M/F Charleston Battery USL
10 Tosaint Ricketts F Myllykosken Pallo –47 Finland
11 Richard Hastings D Inverness CT Scotland
12 Issey Nakajima-Farran M FC Nordsjælland Denmark
13 Jaime Peters M Ipswich Town FC England
14 Marcel de Jong M Roda JC Netherlands
15 Josh Simpson M FC Kaiserslautern Germany
16 Andrzej Ornoch F Esbjerg fB Denmark
17 Simeon Jackson F Gillingham FC England

Players dropped from the initial lineup include Tomasz Radzinski (busy with a promotion playoff), Patrice Bernier, and Rob Friend (injured). Taking their place are Tosaint Ricketts, who some will remember from the 2007 U20 team and former TFC player Tyler Hemming.

Hemming, Ricketts, and Simeon Jackson are all in line to receive their first Canada caps. The rest of the story, in caps and goals:

# Player Caps
7 Paul Stalteri 73
11 Richard Hastings 53
5 Kevin McKenna 38
6 Julian de Guzman 35
1 Lars Hirschfeld 27
3 Chris Pozniak 23
15 Josh Simpson 18
12 Issey Nakajima-Farran 16
13 Jaime Peters 15
14 Marcel de Jong 7
18 Kenny Stamatopoulos 5
4 Adrian Cann 4
16 Andrzej Ornoch 2
2 Nik Ledgerwood 2
17 Simeon Jackson 0
8 Tyler Hemming 0
10 Tosaint Ricketts 0

Total 318

Average 18.71

# Player Goals
5 Kevin McKenna 9
7 Paul Stalteri 7
6 Julian de Guzman 4
11 Richard Hastings 1
12 Issey Nakajima-Farran 1
13 Jaime Peters 1
17 Simeon Jackson 0
16 Andrzej Ornoch 0
15 Josh Simpson 0
14 Marcel de Jong 0
10 Tosaint Ricketts 0
2 Nik Ledgerwood 0
18 Kenny Stamatopoulos 0
1 Lars Hirschfeld 0
8 Tyler Hemming 0
4 Adrian Cann 0
3 Chris Pozniak 0

Total 23

Average 1.35

The inclusion of Marcel de Jong and Paul Stalteri is described as "subject to their club competition this coming weekend", according to the release. One assumes this means that de Jong will join the team if his Roda JC are eliminated in their relegation playoff, and Stalteri will be available if Moenchengladbach's result this weekend means that their match on the final day of the season, which coincides with the Cyprus friendly, has no relegation implications.

Despite being thin up front (none of the striker options in this bunch have ever scored for Canada), this is as strong a lineup as could be expected. I continue to be surprised by the inclusion of Julian de Guzman.

Nobody asked, but this would be my XI:


Stalteri - McKenna - Cann - de Jong Hastings

Peters - de Guzman - Ledgerwood - Simpson

Jackson - Ornoch

(Hastings swapped in for de Jong, since it looks as if he won't be available. See below)

In all likelihood, experienced players like Pozniak and Hastings will get the start, but it would be a shame if some the young guys, and particularly Simeon Jackson and Andrzej Ornoch, didn't get to see the pitch.

UPDATE: De Jong out? It sure looks that way. After spending some considerable time studying the arcane inner workings of the KNVB promotion/relegation system, it looks like Roda's 1-0 win today will keep them busy next weekend with a best-of-three series against either Cambuur Leeuwarden or FC Zwolle.

Looks like I'll have to re-think my starting XI.


P said...

Why no David Edgar? Sure he's young, but what have we got to lose?

J said...

The omission of David Edgar is the biggest head-scratcher in this lineup. It's a bit odd that Atiba wasn't called (or said no), but missing Edgar, when he have so little defensive depth on that side of the pond, really doesn't make sense.

My feeling is that his club situation is uncertain, with Newcastle relegating, and he doesn't want to risk an injury at a time when he's looking to sign on at another club.

Kevin Elder said...

Do we know why Begovic didn't make the squad? I find it very interesting that we field a European based squad that doesn't include our premier league players. It would be nice if the CSA told us which players that they had wanted to include but didn't because of fatigue or injury.

J said...

Begovic is another interesting case, but I have no problem with Hirschfeld as the #1 for this match. If he is to be our #1 for the Gold Cup (as I think he should) he needs to get some games in.

If it is a matter of choosing which keeper is going to ride pine in Cyprus, I have no problem leaving out Begovic this time.

J said...

There are some interesting roster updates, according to the CSA. Marcel de Jong, as I mentioned in my update to the post, won't be made available as he is busy trying to save Roda JC from regulation.

Eddy Sidra, a defender playing for the Cottbus reserves has been called up. Also, one D. Imhof, not Daniel as initially suggested, but his younger brother Dominic, who plays in the lower Swiss leagues, will be part of the squad.