|Canada's national soccer team poses for a team photo before the start of their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match against the U.S. in Detroit, Michigan June 7, 2011. (REUTERS)
TORONTO - Canadian national team coach Stephen Hart named his preliminary roster Thursday for next month’s friendly against the U.S. and a pair of World Cup qualifiers.
The mix of Major League Soccer and foreign-based players on the 22-man roster will meet for an 11-day camp in Florida next week before a friendly June 3 against the Americans at BMO Field in Toronto.
Canada’s roster features goalkeepers Milan Borjan, Lars Hirschfeld and Kenny Stamatopoulos; defenders David Edgar, André Hainault, Ante Jazic, Mike Klukowski, Nik Ledgerwood, Kevin McKenna, and Ashtone Morgan; midfielders Julian de Guzman, Atiba Hutchinson, Will Johnson, Issey Nakajima-Farran, Pedro Pacheco, Samuel Piette, and Josh Simpson; and forwards Dwayne De Rosario, Iain Hume, Simeon Jackson, Olivier Occean, and Tosaint Ricketts.
Canada opens the third round of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying June 8 in Cuba and hosts Honduras June 12 at BMO Field. The team resumes its World Cup quest in mid-September with a home-and-away setup against Panama before finishing with two matches in October at home to Cuba and away to Honduras.
The top two finishers in Canada’s group advance to CONCACAF’s six-team final round, from which the top three nations secure automatic qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The region’s fourth-place finisher will meet Oceania’s first-place finisher in a two-leg playoff for the final World Cup berth.