Monday, September 26, 2011

Confirmed call-ups for October qualifiers

Like last month, I do enjoy staying on top of the confirmed selections to Canada's national team prior to the roster being released by the CSA. This sort of info leaks out via twitter, club websites, foreign media, or players' relatives on the Voyageurs board.

To date, we have word of two selections. Olivier Occean is one, who backed out of September's matches due to injury after originally having been selected.

The second is the subject of a substantial thread on the Voyageurs forums thanks to a Russian League super-fan who goes by the name of 'uno'. Joseph di Chiara is a 19-year old central midfielder who splits time between the reserves and first team (bench) of RPL side Krylja Sovetov Samara. Canada is in need of CM help with the injury to Atiba Hutchinson, and Hart appears willing to roll the dice with a young kid instead of calling up a less promising, but known, player.

I wouldn't expect JDC to start, but hopefully Hart will find a way to cap-tie him in one of the two matches.

I should also mention that Iain Hume is a very likely selection as he was the star of a recent CSA conference call promoting the matches.

update: Another post in the relevant Voyageurs thread suggests Toronto FC youngster Ashtone Morgan has been called up. No confirmation as yet, but makes sense as Canada's de facto #1 left back, Mike Klukowski, appears to have suffered an injury in his most recent match in Turkey. One hopes that Marcel de Jong will accept the call this time. He missed the September match to be with his wife for the birth of his child.

update #2: Steven Goff of the Washington Post tweets that Dwayne De Rosario will join Canada for the two matches. He will take a break from his assault on the MLS scoring tables to continue his assault on the Canada all-time goal scoring lead.

That Dejan Jakovic, who is a teammate of De Ro at DC United, was not mentioned in the tweet suggests he won't be called.

update #3: This whole exercise will become rather pointless in about 12 hours when the official roster is released (12 pm et Thursday), but we can add a fifth name to our list: Cottbus defender Adam Straith. Adam last played for Canada against Greece in February and can provide cover at centre back and right back. I think the latter is where you are more likely to see him.

My own opinion is that Straith's inclusion means time away for Jaime Peters who recently dropped down a division, going out on loan to Bournemouth.

Pos Name Club Age Caps Goals Source
F Olivier Occean SpVgg Greuther F├╝rth 29 19 2 none
M Joseph di Chiara Krylja Sovetov Samara 19 0 0 [link]
D Ashtone Morgan Toronto FC 20 0 0 none
F Dwayne De Rosario DC United 33 6218 [link]
D Adam Straith
Energie Cottbus
21 60 [link]

If you have any sourced info about other players called up, leave a note in the comments.

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