Canada's Gold Cup roster has shed some weight, as a team of 35 men has been narrowed down to 23. These will be the men trying to win Canada its first trophy since 2000.
There is only one real surprise on this roster, but it's the position he plays that makes it all the more unexpected. If nothing else, most would have assumed Canada's goalkeeping was set for this tournament.
However, Canadian starter Milan Borjan was not in the team announced by Benito Floro today. Some have suggested that this is because his club, Ludogorets, will be playing UEFA Champions League matches in July.
In his place Canada will have to rely on veteran keepers Kenny Stamatopoulos and Lars Hirschfeld. Stamatopoulos has the inside track having played well and often as of late for Canada including the recent World Cup qualifier against Dominica after Borjan was suspended.
While the last Gold Cup was about transitioning the program, Floro has made it clear that the Canadian team is measuring itself by results this time around.
"The main aim in this Gold Cup for us is to get as far as possible," said Floro in a press release. "We want to get to the final and every game that we get in the tournament will increase our level of play."
Much of the team will be the same as the last Gold Cup, played in 2013 but two years experience and some reinforcements will make all the difference. Jonathan Osorio, Russell Teibert and Ashtone Morgan are all regularly playing now.
Add in Cyle Larin, Samuel Piette, Maxim Tissot and Tesho Akindele and Canada will be relying on a young core for this competition.
The team will have to enter the tournament without some notable names as well. Atiba Huthinson has long been the best player on the Canadian team, but has also dealt with injuries throughout his career. An Injury will once again hold the veteran out of the Gold Cup.
The same can potentially be said of Will Johnson, the captain at last year's tournament, although that has not explicitly been stated. Johnson was injured for much of the past year and is only now getting back into form and earning playing time with the Portland Timbers.
Toronto FC will be well represented at the tournament, as Osorio and Morgan will be joined by Quillan Roberts in goal.
Canada will play their first game of the tournament on July 8 against El Salvador. The match is set to be played at the Stubhub Centre in California, home of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Valerenga
GK- Quillan Roberts | CAN / Toronto FC
GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK
D- Marcel de Jong | USA / Sporting KC
D- David Edgar | ENG / Birmingham City
D- Andre Hainault | GER / VfR Aalen
D- Dejan Jakovic | JPN / Shimizu S-Pulse
D- Nik Ledgerwood | GER / Energie Cottbus
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Karl W. Ouimette | USA / New York Red Bulls
D- Adam Straith | NOR / Fredrikstad
M- Tesho Akindele | USA / FC Dallas
M- Kyle Bekker | USA / FC Dallas
M- Julian de Guzman | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
M- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Coventry City
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / Santa Clara
M- Samuel Piette | ESP / Deportivo la Coruña
M- Tosaint Ricketts | ISR / Hapoel Haifa
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Maxim Tissot | CAN / Impact de Montréal
F- Marcus Haber | ENG / Crewe Alexandra
F- Cyle Larin | USA / Orlando City SC