Canadians will play, but may be limited

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

The Canadian content in tomorrow's MLS all-star game will play.

It's just that head coach Steve Nicol can't make any assurances when it comes to playing time for Toronto FC captain Jim Brennan of Toronto and Houston Dynamo teammates Pat Onstad of Vancouver and Scarborough's Dwayne De Rosario.

"They will certainly see the field at some stage,'' Nicol said yesterday. "You can be sure of that."

The circumstances leading up to tomorrow are less than ideal for the Canadian trio.

Brennan was on the field last night against the Montreal Impact in the Canadian Championship matchup some were touting as ground breaking.

Onstad and De Rosario, who was named MVP of the 2006 all-star game, will be at RFK Stadium tonight.

When Houston travelled to play DC United on June 4, torrential rain forced the game to be abandoned after 19 minutes.

"It's not a fantastic way to prepare for a game on Thursday,'' Nicol said of Onstad and De Rosario.

LANDON LOOKING OVERSEAS

Landon Donovan admits the itch to play in Europe is intensifying.

Donovan spoke openly last season of wanting to explore opportunities and recently has been linked in media-driven rumours with West Ham United, tomorrow's opponents for the MLS all-stars.

"I'm ready physically, mentally and psychologically,'' Donovan said of playing abroad.

"That doesn't mean it's going to happen, but it'll be fun at some point."

Donovan's 12 goals lead the MLS.

He says he hasn't discussed any future plans with David Beckham, Donovan's teammate with the Los Angeles Galaxy, who is very familiar with the culture and with the politics of playing soccer in Europe.


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