|David Monsalve||GK||Inter Turku||Finland||1||0|
|David Edgar||D||Burnley FC||England||0||0|
|Marcel de Jong||D||Augsburg FC||Germany||14||1|
|Adam Straith||D||Energie Cottbus||Germany||4||0|
|Dejan Jakovic||D||DC United||MLS||8||0|
|Nik Ledgerwood||M||SV Wehen Wiesbaden||Germany||5||0|
|Paul Stalteri||D||Borussia Moenchengladbach||Germany||83||7|
|Pedro Pacheco||M||CD Santa Clara||Portugal||1||0|
|Issey Nakajima-Farran||M||AC Horsens||Denmark||22||1|
|Julian Uccello||M||FC Crotone||Italy||0||0|
|Atiba Hutchinson||M||PSV Eindhoven||Netherlands||49||2|
|Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault||M||SC Preußen Münster||Germany||2||0|
|Simeon Jackson||F||Norwich City||England||12||1|
|Marcus Haber||F||St. Johnstone||Scotland||0||0|
|Olivier Occean||F||Kickers Offenbach||Germany||17||2|
|Patrice Bernier||M||FC Nordsjælland||Denmark||44||2|
Let's face it. Canada will probably lose this match against Ukraine. The U (this will catch on) will be bringing their big guns as they prepare for Euro 2012. Not qualifying, mind you, but the tournament itself, as they are hosts. They will not want to shit the bed.
Looking at the far right colums of this list, you'll find a few points of interest. First, there are three players in line to earn their first cap:
- former U20 captain David Edgar, who knows a thing or two about shitting the bed as host of a tournament, who plays, or more accurately doesn't play, for Burnley of the English Championship
- the long talked about but seldom heard from Julian Uccello, who plays, very little, for Crotone of Italy's Serie B
- forward Marcus Haber who after a mostly scoreless early-season loan spell with Vancouver has picked up his mostly non-scoring ways with St Johnstone of Scotland, where he recently bumped the slump with a goal.
I'm not sure whether or not to be surprised at the exclusion of TFC players from this lineup. They are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs so I doubt Nick Dasovic would have a strong objection to letting them go. At this point, though, I don't want De Rosario in my starting XI, and that's a long way to travel to sit on the bench. I still think there's room for the other Canadians in an 18-man lineup, especially JDG this time around, as there seems to be no natural choice for defensive midfielder. Perhaps Stephen Hart doesn't want the stink of failure to affect the other guys he's called in.
While I'm not hopeful of a result in this match, it sure would be nice. FIFA points and all that.
Speaking of earning FIFA points, Canada could do some good for their ranking if they earn a result in a just-announced February friendly against Greece. The Greeks are a decent side, but their insanely inflated ranking (13th) means any result would be a boon to Canada.