|Carl Haworth (17), Samuel Piette (8), and Doneil Henry (5) of Canada battle for the ball with Maikel Chang (10) of Cuba during their CONCACAF Olympic qualifying soccer match in Nashville, Tennessee March 26, 2012. (REUTERS)
TORONTO - Canadian head coach Stephen Hart named a roster of 18 players on Friday that will suit up for a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago at Central Broward Regional Stadium in Lauderhill, FL. on Aug. 15.
The assembled group features a number of MLS players, a selection of European-based players and four new call-ups to the Canadian team, including Toronto FC’s Doneil Henry.
The Vancouver Whitecaps’ Russell Teibert, Montreal Impact’s Evan James and Lucas Cavallini, all members of Canada’s recent Olympic qualifying squad, will take part in their first senior camp.
“I would like to know when called upon (our inexperienced players) can step in comfortably,” Hart told reporters on Friday. “I’ll be looking at individual performances.”
While James, a 22-year-old forward from Mississagua, Ont., is a surprise call-up, Henry isn’t. The 19-year-old defender has been outstanding in the absence of a true first choice centre back at BMO Field.
Joining Henry on the roster is TFC midfielder Terry Dunfield, who will likely earn his 10th cap next week. The pair are scheduled to miss Toronto’s match against Portland on Wednesday.
Canada’s staff will also keep a close eye on Cavallini after the Club Nacional attacker showed well with Canada’s under-23s.
“He’s a young player and he’s a striker and I thought it was a good opportunity to see if I can work him into the lineup,” Hart said of the 19-year-old striker. “I haven’t seen him since the under-23 camp so I thought this was a good opportunity to connect with him and maybe get an opportunity to see him in a full international.”
Currently second in 2014 World Cup qualifying behind Panama it CONCACAF’s Group C, Canada hosts the group leaders at BMO Field on Sept. 7 before playing in Panama four days later during the fourth of six third-round group matches.
“I thought (Trinidad and Tobago) would present us something similar to Panama with their physique and the pace that they play,” Hart said of next week’s opposition. “I think we had two other (friendly) options. One was impossible and the other possibility we had was a Latin American team.”
In need of a top two place in its group to advance, Canada wraps up third-round qualifying with games in mid-October at home to Cuba and in Honduras.
“Though this is only a 72-hour FIFA window, the game will serve us well in terms of building towards the FIFA World Cup qualifiers,” Hart said.
GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
2- M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
3- M - Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
4- CB- Dejan JakoviÄ | USA / D.C. United
5- CB- André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo
6- M - Julian de Guzman | USA / FC Dallas
7- M - Terry Dunfield | CAN / Toronto FC
8- M- Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
9- F- Tosaint Ricketts |
10- F- Lucas Cavallini | URU / Club Nacional
11- FB- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
12- M- Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault |
13- FB- Ante JaziÄ | USA / Chivas USA
14- M/F- Evan James | CAN / Impact Montréal
15- CB- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
16- M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
18- GK- Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor
20- M - Patrice Bernier | CAN / Impact Montréal