Canada’s Men’s National Team named a 22-man roster yesterday for its training camp in the U.S., which is taking place until Jan. 30 in Arizona and Texas.
As part of the camp, Canada will feature in two Men’s International Friendlies. The team will take on Denmark on Jan. 26 in Tucson before playing the U.S. on Jan. 29 in Houston.
The match with the U.S. will be broadcast in Canada on Sportsnet starting at 9 p.m.
Interim head coach Colin Miller has stated that the camp will provide a vital opportunity to assess the “future” of the Canadian team.
“One of our key objectives for this camp is to look towards the future and give some of our young players a chance,” said Miller. “It is important for us to take a step forward during the camp and over the course of the next two matches. We expect the young players to come in very hungry and looking to show well for the future of the Men’s National Team.”
With an average age of just under 25, this is the youngest Canadian team to be assembled since May 2006.
Ten players have earned their first call-up to the Men’s National Team. Eight players were members of Canada’s U-23 team at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.
Mason Trafford is in his first national team camp at any age level.
Dwayne De Rosario, Nik Ledgerwood, Lars Hirschfeld and Tosaint Ricketts are the only players on the roster to have taken part in game action during 2012’s CONCACAF third round of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Qualifiers.
Following the camp, Canada has confirmed that it will play Japan in a Men’s International Friendly on March 22 in Doha, Qatar, as the team continues its preparations for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup to take place in the U.S. in July.
- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
- M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
- FB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
- CB- Nana Attakora | FIN / FC Haka
- CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / D.C. United
- M- Philippe Davies | USA / Richmond Kickers
- M - Terry Dunfield | CAN / Toronto FC
- CM- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
- F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Sandnes Ulf
- F- Frank Jonke | FIN / FF Jaro
- M - Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- M- Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault |
- CB- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
- M/F- Dwayne De Rosario | USA / D.C. United
- M- Emmanuel Gomez | ARG / Club Atletico Griffa
- M - Matt Stinson | CAN / Toronto FC
- F- Kyle Porter | CAN / FC Edmonton
- GK- Roberto Stillo | ITA / Genoa CFC
- M- Evan James
- D- Mason Trafford | FIN / IFK Mariehamn
- FB- Andrés Fresenga | URU / Racing Club de Montevideo
- GK- Simon Thomas