Colin Miller, once again Canada's interim head coach has named his squad for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica. The list includes a good mixture of players from Canadian clubs along with a lot of European players as Miller seems to have avoided calling in players who are busy with their MLS schedule and instead relied of players who just wrapped up their seasons in Europe to make up the bulk of the squad.
With the exception of the likes of Milan Borjan, Andre Hainault, Julian de Guzman, and Tosaint Ricketts it is a squad that consists of players who are on the fringes of the National Team and would be hoping to earn themselves a place in the Gold Cup squad or future World Cup qualifiers. The 18-man roster only includes one completely new face and that is Toronto FC's Jonathan Osorio who could earn his first cap against Costa Rica.
Osorio is just one part of a strong TFC contingent in the squad though as he will be joined in the team by Ashtone Morgan, Doneil Henry, and Kyle Bekker. Despite the club's struggles in recent weeks it will be good to see four of TFC's young players getting the chance to represent Canada once again and hopefully it will give the likes of Morgan a needed boost of confidence to bring back to the club.
The good news for Toronto is that with the match taking place on the 28th the players will be able to leave for camp following this weekend's match against the New England Revolution and be back in time for the following match which takes place on June 1st against the Philadelphia Union. Playing three games in the span of one week would probably be too much when combined with all the travel but none of the four players joining the Canadian squad have been regulars in Ryan Nelsen's lineup of late so that should not be a problem.
One interesting name on the list is that of Haidar Al-Shaïbani who could get the chance to earn his second cap for Canada. His first cap came back in 2010 when he played the final 20 minutes of a friendly against Venuzula. With Lars Hirscheld aging and Milan Borjan being the only proven option in goal it seems that the coaching staff and Technical Directory Tony Fonseca are looking to increase the pool of options in goal by giving looks to the likes of Al-Shaïbani and Simon Thomas in these camps.
With the game taking place in Edmonton it will come with extra meaning for two players on the squad as it will be a home coming for them. For both Tosaint Ricketts and Randi Edwini-Bonsu the game on the 28th will be their first chance for play for the National team in their home city. The game also marks the first time that the Men's National Team has played in Alberta since 2008 during World Cup Qualifying.
The team will only be together for the one match this time around as they continue to get ready for the Gold Cup. Canada's campaign gets underway on July 7th against Martinique down in Pasadena, CA.
GK- Haidar Al-Shaïbani | FRA / Nîmes Olympique
GK- Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor
GK- Simon Thomas | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D- Nana Attakora | USA / San Jose Earthquakes
D- André Hainault | SCO / Ross County FC
D- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Adam Straith | GER / FC Saarbrücken
M- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Stefan Cebara | SVN / Nogometni Klub Celje
M - Julian de Guzman | GER / SSV Jahn Regensburg
M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | CYP / Alki Larnaca
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
M- Samuel Piette | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
F- Randy Edwini-Bonsu | GER / Eintracht Braunsweig
F- Marcus Haber | ENG / Stevenage FC
F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Sandnes Ulf