Saturday, February 25, 2012

Canada roster for Armenia friendly

Here it is. I offer it with a single comment, or rather a question: does Nana Attakora still have any official affiliation with San Jose Earthquakes?

UPDATE: Striker Rob Friend has been added to the friendly roster. Olivier Occean had initially indicated that he would take part, but there was talk of a nagging foot injury. However, when you consider he played 90 minutes for his club yesterday, and that Greuther Furth have another key match on Friday, two days after the friendly, and that a Philippines international was also not allowed to go on international duty, this is a pretty clear case of giving in to club pressure.

The Friend for Occean swap is a small step down. Both players are entering the final stage of their careers, but Occean seems to have extended his peak longer than Friend has been able to. Both have poor scoring records for Canada, but most fans would rather have Occean, currently tied for second 'topscorer' (combined assists and goals) in the 2.Bundesliga, than Friend, who has struggled to find time as a substitute in the same division.

Player Pos. Team League Age Caps Gls
Milan Borjan GK FC Vaslui Romania 24 5 0
Nik Ledgerwood FB SV Wehen Widespread Germany 27 14 0
Mike Klukowksi FB Manisaspor Turkey 30 33 0
Kevin McKenna CB 1. FC Koln Germany 32 55 10
Adam Straith CB FC Energie Cottbus Germany 21 10 0
Julian de Guzman M Toronto FC MLS 30 52 4
Iain Hume F Preston North End England 28 33 5
Pedro Pacheco M CD Santa Clara Portugal 27 5 0
Tosaint Ricketts F FC Politehnica Timi┼čoara Romania 24 9 3
Simeon Jackson F Norwich City England 24 25 6
Josh Simpson M Young Boys Bern Switzerland 28 42 4
Nana Attakora CB San Jose Earthquakes MLS 22 2 0
Atiba Hutchinson M PSV Eindhoven Netherlands 29 55 4
Samuel Piette M FC Metz France 17 0 0
David Edgar CB Burnley England 24 7 0
Rob Friend F Eintracht Frankfurt Germany 31 32 2
Marcus Haber F St Johnstone Scotland 23 2 0
Kenny Stamatopoulos GK AIK Stockholm Sweden 32 7 0

Goals 38

Avg age 26.89

Avg caps 21.56

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