Them Again: Canada Announces Roster To Face Honduras

The Canadian Soccer Association unveiled Canada’s roster this afternoon for its first match of the semifinal round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Honduras on November 13th.

canmnt roster Nov 13

Head coach Benito Floro was on hand to announce his squad for the November 13th match in Vancouver, as well as the November 17th match at Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador, El Salvador. The squad will consist of the following players:

 

Goalkeepers:

1- Simon Thomas | NOR / Strømmen IF

18- Milan Borjan | BUL / PFK Ludogorets Razgrad

22- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol

 

Defenders:

2-  Fraser Aird | SCO / Glasgow Rangers FC

3- Samuel Adekugbe | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC

4- André Hainault | GER / 1. FC Magdeburg

5- David Edgar | ENG / Sheffield United

12- Dejan Jaković | JPN / Shimizu S-Pulse

17- Marcel De Jong | USA / Sporting Kansas City

19- Wandrille Lefèvre | CAN / Impact Montréal

20- Karl W. Ouimette | USA / New York Red Bulls

 

Midfielders:

6- Julian de Guzman | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC

7- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC

8- Will Johnson | USA / Portland Timbers

10- David Hoilett | ENG / Queens Park Rangers

11- Tosaint Ricketts | TUR / Boluspor FC

13- Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Beşiktaş JK

14- Samuel Piette | ESP / Deportivo La Coruña

15- Adam Straith | NOR / Fredrikstad FK

16- Kianz Froese | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC

23- Tesho Akindele | USA / FC Dallas

 

Forwards:

21- Cyle Larin | USA / Orlando City SC

9- Lucas Cavallini | URU / CA Fénix

 

There were only a few surprises in the squad announcement. Jonathan Osorio has once more been left out in the wilderness by Floro, and it’s anyone’s guess what the TFC standout has to do to make it back into the Spaniard’s good books. Lars Hirschfeld was released by Valerenga last week and hadn’t seen the pitch in a long time, but his omission from a Canadian World Cup roster is jarring simply because of how long he was a fixture in the team. Simeon Jackson, another regular Canadian selection, has been left out as well. Many Canadian fans have been clamouring for Olivier Occéan, currently having a phenomenal season at Odds Ballklubb, to be recalled, but that call-up will have to wait until at least 2016. Finally, many will be surprised by the omission of Queen’s Park Rangers winger Michael Petrasso, in light of his dominant performances at the recent Olympic Under-23 qualifying tournament.

It will the first time since 2013 that Les Rouges will play a home match away from Canada’s National Stadium in Toronto. A decision to play the match in Vancouver was made with much fanfare back in September, and so far that decision appears to be paying off as the CSA has announced that over 15,000 tickets have already been sold. With just over a week left of marketing efforts to come, it’s reasonable to hope that the final tally could end up north of 20,000 spectators.

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Theo Gauthier

Theo Gauthier

Théo Gauthier was born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, which has zero footballing heritage. It is only upon moving to Ottawa that he was able to plug into the global energy generated by the Beautiful Game.

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