Benito Floro today announced the latest Canada squad that will attend a camp in Mexico before heading to New York to take on Colombia on October 14th. There were plenty of scheduling conflicts to work around, for example with MLS clubs, mainly Toronto and Vancouver fighting for their playoff lives so it's another squad of compromise, not a first choice team by any means.
There are veterans in there, enough of them to get a fairly familiar starting xi out there, Julian de Guzman, Marcel de Jong, David Edgar, Tosaint Ricketts and a few others. There's also a lot of younger players in there, perhaps a matter of necessity, but also a way to give them experience of at least attending camp, if not actually getting some playing time. Hanson Boakai, Cyle Larin, Luke Gasporotto and Dylan Carreiro are among those who'll be picking up experience that may become useful when the U23 tournament for Olympic qualifying comes around next year.
As far as Toronto FC are concerned, have given up 5 players to the squad, Quillan Roberts, Manny Aparicio, Kyle Bekker and Doneil Henry were all in the official press release, while Jordan Hamilton wasn't, but went on twitter to tell the world about it so presumably a mere clerical error and he'll be there as well. That opens up the question of timing and exactly when those players will be going off to camp, as Bekker and Henry would more than likely be regular choices for a place on the bench in some crucial upcoming games for TFC.
The team is set to gather in Cancun for a training camp on the 5th of October, before heading up to New jersey on the 11th, with the game to be played on the 14th. That obviously clashes with TFC games against Houston on the 8th and New York on the 11th. Hopefully some arrangement has been come to that would enable Bekker and Henry to maybe head up to New York a bit early to be available to TFC for the New York game at least. If not, well we're one central defensive injury away form Bradley Orr in the middle again, or a big reshuffling of defence, which wouldn't be ideal.
As of the time of writing this, Colombia's squad hasn't been released, but given that they're ranked number 3 in the world, even if they do put out a bit of a B team, this has all the makings of a mismatch, a real test for Canada, even to just keep it to a respectable margin of defeat. Hopefully this will be more like when they played Brazil in Seattle and narrowly lost 3-2 than when they got hammered 5-0 by Argentina. We'll see.
Where will we see? Well, the game will be televised on Sportsnet World and streamed on sportsnet.ca, and it's not too late to get tickets in the Voyageurs' section if you want to attend in person, you can do that by going here and buying tickets. Despite some trepidation about the game itself, I'm very much looking forward to going to that game, should be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there.
Here's the squad in full
GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Valerenga
GK- Milan Borjan | BUL / Ludogorets Razgrad
GK- Quillan Roberts | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Nik Ledgerwood | GER / Energie Cottbus
D- Jeremy Gagnon-Laparé | CAN / Impact de Montréal
D- Andre Hainault | GER / VfR Aalen
D- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Adam Straith | unattached / sans club
D- Karl W. Ouimette | CAN / Impact de Montréal
D- Luca Gasparotto | SCO / Glasgow Rangers
M- David Edgar | ENG / Birmingham City
M- Julian de Guzman | unattached / sans club
M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / Santa Clara
M- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Manuel Aparicio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Marcel de Jong | GER / Augsburg
M- Dylan Carreiro | SCO / Dundee (on loan at Arbroath)
M- Hanson Boakai | CAN / FC Edmonton
F- Tosaint Ricketts | ISR / Hapoel Haifa
F- Cyle Larin | USA / University of Connecticut
F- Marcus Haber | ENG / Crewe Alexandra
Always an honour to represent your country , happy to be called. It's been a while without the red and white!— Jordan Hamilton (@jayhams) October 3, 2014
Edit: Here's Colombia's squad. woof!