Toronto FC's Canadian foursome have left the club and joined up with the national team, a side featuring many young players and some notable new faces. After failing to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup (in dramatic fashion, and not the good kind), the Gold Cup is a chance for Canada to shake off some of the negative feelings surrounding the national team and show against the regions best.
One Toronto FC player who is relishing the chance is Ashtone Morgan. The left fullback spoke to us following the Real Salt Lake loss over the weekend about Canada and the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup!
When asked if he was excited to play in the Gold Cup, Morgan didn't hold back, offering an enthusiastic "Yeah, definitely!" before adding, "It’s time to get away with my national team, it’s a chance to put us back on the map with the international program, and we’ll try to win the Gold Cup."
As for Canada's chances of repeating their victory in the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup this time around, Morgan was clear that this is a new Canadian national team and they will be taking on the rest of the region with a never-say-die attitude.
"I think we’re going in with a positive attitude," said Morgan. "There are a lot of young guys, but a lot of talented young guys. We’re going to go out and show the world and show CONCACAF what we have to offer."
Young players seems to be the new direction and focus for Colin Miller, with Morgan just one of many young players called up to the national team. Will Johnson captains the side, ahead of notable veterans like Julian de Guzman, and the likes of Dwayne De Rosario and Patrice Bernier will be staying home for this tournament.
Morgan is clear that the Gold Cup is not just a chance for Canada to show against international competition, but it's also an opportunity for younger players to establish themselves in the national team picture.
"It’s a new cycle, and a lot of young players are actually getting contracts at younger ages," said Morgan. "I think it’s going to benefit us and the country, and all the programs and clubs around the country."
Canada kicks off their 2013 Gold Cup campaign against Martinique on July 7th.