Canada has named a 24-player roster, together with 11 MLSers, for the opening matches of their bid to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. They first host Bermuda on March 25 at Exploria Stadium (home of Orlando City SC), then face the Cayman Islands on March 28 on the IMG Sports activities Advanced in Bradenton, Fla.
Due to challenges across the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada last competed throughout a January 2020 international friendly against Iceland. Now, they’ll look to navigate by way of Group B of Concacaf’s first-round qualifiers, with solely the group winner making the second round. Other than Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, they’re additionally scheduled to face Aruba (June 5) and Suriname (June 8).
“The squad selection reveals the dedication of the players, how they really feel about these video games, representing Canada and how vital the video games are for the country,” head coach John Herdman said in a launch. “Having been aside for thus lengthy, we’re targeted on with the ability to join and making certain we get the tactical readability over the short window we now have main into the start of qualifying. It’s concerning the off-field connection and getting the fellows snug being collectively once more.”
The roster is headlined by Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies, who burst onto the scene with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Different MLS highlights are Vancouver forward Lucas Cavallini, CF Montréal midfielder Samuel Piette, LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye and Toronto FC outside back Richie Laryea. Herdman said that Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio missed out by way of injury.
From the non-MLS group, headliners embrace Cardiff City forward Junior Hoilett and the Besiktas duo of forward Cyle Larin and midfielder Atiba Hutchinson. Nonetheless, Lille OSC forward Jonathan David wasn’t obtainable for selection due to quarantine rules in France.
Ought to Canada top Group B, they’d face the Group E winner in a head-to-head sequence June 12 and 15. That winner will then make Concacaf’s final round of eight nations (octagonal) in Fall 2021, creating an difficult path for Les Rouges as they search their first World Cup berth since 1986.
“It is a chance for this group of males to do one thing particular for his or her country that hasn’t been achieved for a protracted time,” Herdman said. “Our players do not want a lot motivation, they’re just really excited to play for his or her country once more and each time we’re collectively we remind them that this team can change football on this nation.”
Test out the whole roster beneath:
|GK||Borjan, Milan||Red Star Belgrade|
|GK||Crepeau, Maxime||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|GK||St. Clair, Dayne||Minnesota United FC|
|D||Gutierrez, Cristian||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|D||Johnston, Alistair||Nashville SC|
|D||Laryea, Richie||Toronto FC|
|D||Miller, Kamal||CF Montréal|
|D||Sturing, Frank||FC Den Bosch|
|D||Vitoria, Steven||Moreirense FC|
|D||Waterman, Joel||CF Montréal|
|M||Corbeanu, Theo||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC|
|M||Eustaquio, Stephen||FC Pacos de Ferreira|
|M||Nelson, Jayden||Toronto FC|
|M||Piette, Samuel||CF Montréal|
|M||Wotherspoon, David||St. Johnstone FC|
|F||Cavallini, Lucas||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|F||Davies, Alphonso||Bayern Munich|
|F||Hoilett, David Junior||Cardiff City FC|
|F||Millar, Liam||Charlton Athletic FC|