The road to the 2017 Gold Cup begins later this month when the Canadian men’s national team has their first camp of the year. The first step will be getting a look at the crop of North American based players in the system.
A 28-man squad has been called up for this camp, which will give interim coach Michael Findley a look at his larger player pool. The majority of the players called into camp play for one of Canada’s five top clubs.
The camp opens on January 12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Canada will train there before flying down to Bermuda to take on their national team on January 22. At that time, they will trim their roster down to 18 players who will play in the match.
Still only a month removed from making it all the way to the 2016 MLS Cup final, Toronto FC will we be well represented at the camp. Seven players from the TFC organization have been called up by Canada.
They include Jonathan Osorio, Jordan Hamilton, Jay Chapman, Mo Babouli, Ashtone Morgan, Tosaint Ricketts and Raheem Edwards who is currently playing for Toronto FC II. Chapman, Babouli and Edwards are all receiving their first senior call ups by the Canadian national team.
This camp could be particularly been for Edwards, who has a big couple of months ahead of him. The 21-year-old has been invited to Toronto FC senior camp, where he will look to impress Greg Vanney and his coaching staff.
Edwards had an excellent 2016 season with Toronto FC II in USL. He led the team in scoring with 6 goals and 4 assists in 20 games. Edwards will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Babouli, who earned himself a senior contract during training camp last year.
With the players who left Toronto FC this offseason, most noticeably Dan Lovitz, the senior team could actually use a player like Edwards who has a lot of skill when playing out wide. It would give them a different look off the bench than they had this past season.
Also called up by Canada was ex-Toronto FC midfielder Will Johnson, who just recently signed for Orlando City SC as a free agent. His new teammate, Cyle Larin, is the biggest missing name from the camp.
However, Larin’s omission may open the door for one of Toronto FC’s attacking players called up to get some significant minutes during the match against Bermuda. Jordan Hamilton would be first in line.
Below is the full 28 player roster that Canada has called up for its January camp.
GK- Marco Carducci |
GK- Callum Irving | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
GK- Sean Melvin | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps 2
CB- Nana Attakora | USA / San Francisco Deltas
CB- Dejan Jaković |
CB- Wandrille Lefèvre | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
FB- Jamar Dixon | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
FB- Nik Ledgerwood | CAN / FC Edmonton
FB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
FB- Karl W. Ouimette |
M- Tesho Akindele | USA / FC Dallas
M- Kyle Bekker |
M- Marco Bustos | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Jay Chapman | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Marcel de Jong | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Ben Fisk | CAN / FC Edmonton
M- Carl Haworth | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
M- Will Johnson | USA / Orlando City SC
M- Ben McKendry | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Adam Straith |
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Maxim Tissot |
F- Molham Babouli | CAN / Toronto FCF
F- Raheem Edwards | CAN / Toronto FC II
F- Jordan Hamilton | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Anthony Jackson-Hamel | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
F- Tosaint Ricketts | CAN / Toronto FC