Friday, August 10, 2012

Canada roster for T&T friendly

With all the Olympic excitement it has been easy to forget that the men's team will be playing its most important matches of the last 4 years just four weeks time. As preparation, Canada has called in 18 players for a short training camp and friendly August 15th against Trinidad and Tobago in South Florida.

Here's the squad:

# Player Pos. Team League Age Caps Gls
1 Lars Hirschfeld GK VĂ¥lerenga Norway 33 40 0
18 Milan Borjan GK Sivasspor Turkey 24 8 0
4 Dejan Jakovic D DC United MLS 27 6 0
5 Andre Hainault D Houston Dynamo MLS 26 25 2
11 Marcel de Jong D FC Augsburg Germany 25 18 1
13 Ante Jazic D Chivas USA MLS 36 32 1
15 Doneil Henry D Toronto FC MLS 19 0 0
2 Nik Ledgerwood M Hammarby Sweden 27 18 0
3 Russell Teibert M Vancouver Whitecaps MLS 19 0 0
6 Julian de Guzman M FC Dallas MLS 31 56 4
7 Terry Dunfield M Toronto FC MLS 30 9 1
8 Will Johnson M Real Salt Lake MLS 25 27 1
12 Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault M

23 6 0
14 Evan James M Montreal Impact MLS 22 0 0
16 Pedro Pacheco M CD Santa Clara Portugal 28 6 0
20 Patrice Bernier M Montreal Impact MLS 32 46 2
9 Tosaint Ricketts F Dynamo Dresden* Germany 25 13 3
10 Lucas Cavallini F Club Nacional Uruguay 19 0 0

Goals 15

Avg age 25.58

Avg caps 17.22

Young guns
It is perhaps a sign of how difficult a time Stephen Hart had getting players released that there are no fewer than four uncapped players in this squad. Doneil Henry, Lucas Cavallini, Russell Teibert and Evan James have all featured for Canada's U20 and U23 teams, but the latter two have only seen time as reserves for their teams this season. With only 18 players in the squad expect at least one or two to earn their first senior cap in this match.

As you can see, the 18 players selected have combined for a total of 15 senior goals for Canada. Dwayne De Rosario and his 19 Canada goals had originally been confirmed by a DC journalist, but he is not in the squad. With Tosaint Ricketts as the only experienced forward in the group (and even he has only played 13 times for Canada) expect to either James or Cavallini to see some time up front.

Shakeup in the back line
Throughout Canada's first set of qualifiers, the defensive team of Ante Jazic, Kevin McKenna, Andre Hainault, and David Edgar was solid. With McKenna (injured) and Edgar both absent it will be interesting to see what Hart decides to do. The return of Marcel de Jong to the squad provides another left-sided option, and Jakovic will likely take McKenna's spot in the middle, but the right back spot is once again a problem. Hart could go with his previous solution of playing a midfielder out of position (Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault or Nik Ledgerwood) or he could go with the young Henry. Here's hoping he does not play a left-footed player on the right (either Jazic or de Jong) or shift Hainault out of his accustomed Canada role in the middle.

Other thoughts:

  • I haven't checked but one has to think this is the first time there have been 10 MLS players in any Canada squad.
  • I listed Tosaint Ricketts for Dynamo Dresden even though, as far as I know, the signing isn't yet official. Some paperwork needs to go through, but he will not be returning to Romania.
  • Patrice Bernier is having an outstanding season after a slow start in Montreal. His spot in the team has been well-earned. Expect to see him take up Atiba Hutchinson's spot at the top of the central midfield triangle.
  • Terry Dunfield's boobs.

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