Canada announces roster for Australia friendly

Canadian Soccer Association

Benito Floro has named a 21-player roster for the upcoming friendly against Australia. The squad will gather for camp in London, England before the friendly against Australia at Craven Cottage on October 15th.

Benito Floro has named his 21-player roster for the friendly against Australia that will take place on October 15th at Craven Cottage in London, England.  The roster is made up of a mixture of MLS players and players based in European clubs with four Toronto FC players being included.

Toronto will once again be represented on the roster by Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan, Kyle Bekker, and Jonathan Osorio.  The call for Bekker continues his odd 2013 where he is a regular for the national team but unable to get any sort of substantial minutes with his club side.

The only MLS player called in from a team that is actually in playoff contention is Russell Teibert of the Vancouver Whitecaps.  He will not miss any MLS play though as the Caps play on October 9th and then not again until the 19th.  The Toronto players will also not miss any games thanks to this friendly taking place during the FIFA window for internationals, and MLS seeming to actually respect that with very few matches scheduled.

The Canadian roster does not include any real surprises as the majority of the camp is made up of players who have taken part in a number of previous camps.  The only new faces on the roster at the Queens Park Rangers duo of Dylan Carreiro and Michael Petrasso.  They won't actually be in the gameday squad though, instead just being invited to the camp for the experience. The rest of the roster is identical to the last one that Floro named for the matches against Mauritania.

Canada will certainly be up against it in the friendly against Australia.  The two teams have not met since Australia knocked Canada out of World Cup qualification on penalties back in 1993.  Australia are currently ranked 53rd in the World according to FIFA but more importantly they are a team that has already qualified for the 2014 World Cup which is something Canada can only dream of doing.

Holger Osieck has already named his Australia squad for friendlies against France and Canada.  It includes a lot of veteran players along with some newer faces on the international stage.  His squad is highlighted by the inclusion of Tim Cahill and Lucas Neill.

GK - Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor
GK - Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
D - Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D - Dejan Jaković | USA / D.C. United
D - Adam Straith | GER / Wehen Wiesbaden
D - Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
D - David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
D - Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
D/M - Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
M - Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
M - Dylan Carreiro | ENG / Queens Park Rangers
M - Julian de Guzman | GRE / Skoda Xanthi
M - Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Besiktas
M - Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M - Samuel Piette | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
M/F - Stefan Cebara | Unattached / sans club
M/F - Dwayne De Rosario | USA / D.C. United
M/F - Michael Petrasso | ENG / Queens Park Rangers
M/F - Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F - Marcus Haber | ENG / Notts County
F - Iain Hume | ENG / Preston North End
F - Simeon Jackson | GER / Eintracht Braunschweig
F - Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Sandnes Ulf

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