Friday, May 22, 2009

Canada announces preliminary roster for Cyprus match

Here's the release from the CSA re: Canada's squad (all Euro based players)

Canada's men's national team has announced its roster for the international friendly match against Cyprus. The two sides meet this 30 May 2009 in Larnaca, Cyprus.

"... says men's national head coach Stephen Hart.

Mr. Hart's initial list includes 17 players, two of which are subject to their club competition this coming weekend (Marcel de Jong with Roda JC in Netherlands and Paul Stalteri with Borussia Mönchengladbach in Germany). If available, Stalteri would be the most experienced player in camp (73 international appearances). Richard Hastings (53) and Kevin McKenna (38) are the next two in terms of experience.

Tosaint Ricketts is a first-time call-up to the national team. Ricketts was a scoring star at the U-20 level during the 2007 campaign. Along with Ricketts, Simeon Jackson has also yet to make his first appearance with the national team.

All 17 players invited to this particular camp play professionally in Europe. As the match does not fall on a FIFA calendar date, some players were unavailable because of club commitments.

Canada is currently preparing for this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup competition. Canada opens the 2009 competition against Jamaica on 3 July before flying to Columbus to face El Salvador on 7 July and then to Miami to face Costa Rica on 10 July.

1- G- Lars Hirschfeld |ROM / CFR Cluj
18- G- Kenny Stamatopoulos | NOR / FC Lyn Oslo
(on loan from / emprunt de Tromsø I.L.)
2- D/M- Nik Ledgerwood |GER / TSV 1860 München
3- D/M- Chris Pozniak |SCO / Dundee FC
4- D- Adrian Cann |DEN / Esbjerg fB
5- D- Kevin McKenna |GER / 1. FC Köln
6- M- Julian de Guzman | ESP / Deportivo La Coruna
7- D/M- Paul Stalteri |GER / Borussia Mönchengladbach
8- M- Tyler Hemming | USA / Charleston Battery
10- F- Tosaint Ricketts |FIN?/ Myllykosken Pallo –47
11- D- Richard Hastings |SCO / Inverness CT
12- M- Issey Nakajima-Farran |DEN / FC Nordsjælland
13- M- Jaime Peters |ENG / Ipswich Town FC
14- M- Marcel de Jong | NED / Roda JC
15- M- Josh Simpson |GER / FC Kaiserslautern
16- F- Andrzej Ornoch |DEN / Esbjerg fB
17- F- Simeon Jackson |ENG / Gillingham FC

Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef : Stephen Hart
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur-adjoint : Tony Fonseca
Goalkeeper Coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Paul Dolan
Video Coordinator / Coordinateur de vidéo : Vic Mendes
Manager / Gérant : Morgan Quarry
Equipment Manager / Gérant des équipements :Mike Moretto
Doctor / Docteur : Dr. Michael Campbell
Massage Therapist / Massothérapeute : Garret Kusch
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Dave Foley
Head of Delegation / Chef de la délégation : Victor Montagliani


disappointing that Asmir Begovic doesn't get a shot. Considering he's played the same amount of games, and at a higher level, than Stamapoulos. He really should have been there. Stephen Hart told me and a few other reporters on the conference call that Begovic did get some consideration, but he wanted to speak with him personally first, but he is on the radar. I was hoping that David Edgar would get a chance. It looks as though he might get into the Newcastle game on Sunday against Aston Villa. All-in-All, Canada is playing Cyprus, so it's not like they are going to be in tough to actually win the game, so Canada might as well take some chances and play some of the younger members in the program.

Otherwise, I like the mix. Paul Stalteri is working on getting healthy in order to play the match. Which would add to his "cap" total, bringing him ever closer to the all-time lead. Marcel de Jong is nice in the backline and should be there for the Gold Cup. Simeon Jackson will hopefully get a shot to play following up his game this weekend at Wembley, a game Stephen Hart will be at, as Gillingham look to get promoted.

Former Whitecap defender Adrian Cann has also been named to the squad. Something I know Adrian was hoping for when I spoke with him a few months ago. I'm hoping to connect with him this weekend for our show on Sunday night. Hopefully he can impress and play well.

** Dave Foley is the Physiotherapist, which is odd, considering I enjoyed him more as an actor and one of the stars of Kids in the Hall

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