Canada names roster for Denmark, U.S. friendliesInexperienced side looks to gain momentum ahead of Gold Cup
By KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency
|Canada's Dwayne De Rosario is one of just three players in the Canadian side with more than 20 international caps. (REUTERS)
TORONTO - Interim Canadian men’s national team head coach Colin Miller on Friday named an exploratory 22-man roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies at the end of this month.
Following a five-day camp, Canada will face Denmark in Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 26 before travelling to Houston for an exhibition against the U.S. on Jan. 29.
“There are those possibilities where (we) could get blown out,” Miller said of his roster, which features just six players who took part in Canada’s final World Cup qualifier in Honduras last October.
“We’re not in a position … to underestimate any of the opposition,” Miller said. “With regards to the U.S. game … there’s no question they’re taking this game very serious.”
Both the U.S. and Denmark are preparing to resume World Cup qualifying over the next two months while Canada will use January’s camp to look at inexperienced players who might factor into Canada’s Gold Cup plans this summer.
Of the 22-names on the list, Dwayne De Rosario, Lars Hirschfeld and Nik Ledgerwood are the only players with more than 20 caps.
“I’m really excited to be working with this group – a mixture of younger players,” Miller said. “Some guys I genuinely don’t know. It will be an interesting five days of training sessions.”
- 1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
- 2- M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
- 3- FB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
- 4- CB- Nana Attakora | FIN / FC Haka
- 5- CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / D.C. United
- 6- M- Philippe Davies | USA / Richmond Kickers
- 7- M - Terry Dunfield | CAN / Toronto FC
- 8- CM- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
- 9- F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Sandnes Ulf
- 10- F- Frank Jonke | FIN / FF Jaro
- 11- M - Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- 12- M- Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault |
- 13- CB- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
- 14- M/F- Dwayne De Rosario | USA / D.C. United
- 15- M- Emmanuel Gomez | ARG / Club Atletico Griffa
- 16- M - Matt Stinson | CAN / Toronto FC
- 17- F- Kyle Porter | CAN / FC Edmonton
- 18- GK- Roberto Stillo | ITA / Genoa CFC
- 19- M- Evan James |
- 20- D- Mason Trafford | FIN / IFK Mariehamn
- 21- FB- Andrés Fresenga | URU / Racing Club de Montevideo
- 22- GK- Simon Thomas |