HART: "I would like to release the roster for Qualifiers next week. So far, I may have everybody I want."Given those words from Stephen Hart, you probably already have a good idea of who will be selected. On a positive note, it would seem captain Kevin McKenna should be healthy following a recent injury and surgery. The rest of the blanks are pretty easy to fill in.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) August 23, 2012
Nevertheless, it has become tradition here to make you aware of the early confirmations.
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The first two confirmations come courtesy of DC-based soccer writer Steven Goff. He confirmed the same two players for the Trinidad friendly, from which De Rosario eventually withdrew, but Dwayne will show for these matches barring a major injury in the next week.
News Tuesday that Andre Hainault has been selected should come as no surprise. Stephen Hart will be keen to get the back line band together: Ante Jazic, Kevin McKenna, Hainault, and David Edgar combined to keep 3 straight clean sheets against USA, Cuba, and Honduras in June. We also expect Marcel de Jong to challenge for Jazic's spot.
There had been some health concerns about McKenna, but those seem largely to have been answered as he returned to the FC Koeln lineup in a 56-minute substitute appearance following surgery for a minor injury weeks ago.
The official roster announcement comes tomorrow. If you have leads on any other players being selected, holler at me in the comments or on twitter @o_o_t