Thursday, September 29, 2011

Canada squad for St Lucia, Puerto Rico qualifiers

Player Pos. Team League Age Caps Gls
Lars Hirschfeld GK Vålerenga Fotball Norway 32 36 0
Nik Ledgerwood FB SV Wehen Wiesbaden Germany 26 11 0
Ashtone Morgan FB Toronto FC MLS 20 0 0
Kevin McKenna CB FC Köln Germany 31 55 10
Adam Straith CB FC Energie Cottbus Germany 21 6 0
Julian de Guzman M Toronto FC MLS 30 49 4
Iain Hume F Preston North End England 27 30 3
Will Johnson M Real Salt Lake MLS 24 21 1
Tosaint Ricketts F FC Politehnica Timişoara Romania 24 6 2
Simeon Jackson F Norwich City England 24 21 3
Josh Simpson M Manisaspor Turkey 28 38 3
Joseph Di Chiara M FC Krylia Sovetov Russia 19 0 0
Ante Jazic FB Chivas USA MLS 35 25 1
Dwayne De Rosario F DC United MLS 33 62 18
David Edgar CB Burnley FC England 24 3 0
Olivier Occean F SpVgg Greuther Fürth Germany 29 19 2
Terry Dunfield M Toronto FC MLS 28 7 1
Kenny Stamatopoulos GK AIK Stockholm Sweden 32 5 0

Goals 48

Avg age 28.16

Avg caps 21.89

Where do they play?

MLS: 6 players
Germany: 4
England: 3
Turkey, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Norway: 1 each

Youth is served

Stephen Hart's hand was, to a certain extent, forced by injuries to some key players. Atiba Hutchinson is out for the remainder of the fall, it seems. Instead of calling a veteran central midfielder (the recently healthy Patrice Bernier perhaps), he opted instead for sight-unseen Vs favourite Joseph di Chiara, a 19-year old (sometimes) playing in Russia.

A recent injury to Mike Klukowski and the mystery absence of Marcel de Jong opened a spot on the left side of defense. 20-year old Ashtone Morgan's recent strong play for TFC netted him the gig.

21-year old Adam Straith also draws in, and much like Andre Hainault who is absent this time, he can provide cover both at CB and RB.

Missing persons

I am counting on some intrepid reporters to uncover the reasons for the absences of Marcel de Jong (turns out he's injured), Andre Hainault, and Milan Borjan. The latter's omission necessitates bringing in down-the-depth-chart-guy Kenny Stamatopoulos as back-up keeper.

My roster

Nobody else cares, but here's how I'd line up the team against St Lucia

Simpson - Jackson - Hume
De Guzman - Dunfield - Johnson
Morgan - Straith - McKenna - Edgar

Your thoughts?


Jamie said...

Quite ok with this line-up. Hart needs to have a look at his depth chart and guys don't need to criss-cross the world each month for games against Caribbean minnows.

When else can we try out the young'ens or oldies (like KennyStamp)?

Also Milan B & Kluks and any guys in Turkey have it kinda tough. They have a pretty nasty schedule after the delays in getting the season started. Not surprised that only Simpson is coming from Turkey.

J said...

Word is that both Milan and Kluka are dealing with injuries, though Borjan's are said to be minor. Simpson's on a 3-match red card ban so I'm sure the club is happy for him to be getting some games.

Just thought I'd also tweak the starting XI I posted. Jackson is a right-side guy for us, so I'd swap him and Hume, producing a forward 3 of Simpson - Hume - Jackson (L-R)