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Cavallini, Davies & Arfield highlight Canada’s 40-man provisional Gold Cup roster

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The Canadian group is a nice mix of veterans and youngsters heading into a big summer.

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It looks like Canada will be fielding a strong roster for Octavio Zambrano’s first major tournament as head coach of the national team. Canada Soccer announced its 40-man provisional roster for the 2017 Gold Cup today, including a few surprise names.

Immediately after it was revealed that he had acquired Canadian citizenship, 16-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps wunderkind Alphonso Davies was included on the list. He has also been called into camp for Canada’s upcoming friendly against Curacao. It is presumed Davies’ citizenship status is the reason the provisional roster took so long to be released, as it was originally expected June 1.

Ahead of this summer’s Gold Cup tournament, each team chooses 40 players to be eligible for selection. That group will be narrowed down to the 23 players who will represent their country at the tournament itself.

Also of note on the 40-man provisional roster is Lucas Cavallini. Cavallini plays for Penarol in Uruguay and, on paper, is one of Canada’s best forwards. However, the 24-year-old has rarely shown interest in playing for the national team in the past.

Canada, however, is also missing a major piece going into this summer’s tournament. Back-to-back-to-back Canadian player of the year Atiba Hutchinson is not on the provisional roster. The 34-year-old Hutchinson is taking time off to let an injury heal, but while he is on an international hiatus he has not retired from the team just yet.

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Three Toronto FC players are on the list: Tosaint Ricketts, Raheem Edwards and Jonathan Osorio. Ricketts is currently injured, but both Edwards and Osorio could see playing time when Canada faces Curacao in a friendly on June 13.

That friendly, and the camp in Laval currently taking place, will help decide who makes the final Gold Cup roster. That roster will be announced in mid-June, and camp will begin after the second leg of the Canadian Championship final between Montreal and Toronto on June 28.

Canada is looking for their first win in a CONCACAF Gold Cup since 2011 this summer. They begin play on July 7 when they take on French Guiana at Red Bull Arena. Their other two group games are against Honduras and Costa Rica in Texas.

Below is the full 40 man provisional list released today by Canada Soccer:

GK- Milan Borjan | POL / MKS Korona Kielce
GK- Maxime Crépeau | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
GK- Jayson Leutwiler | ENG / Shrewsbury Town FC
GK- Simon Thomas | NOR / FK Bodø/Glimt

CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / New York Cosmos
CB- Manjrekar James | HUN / Vasas Budapest
CB- Milovan Kapor | Unattached
CB- Wandrille Lefèvre | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
CB- Adam Straith | CAN / FC Edmonton
CB- Steven Vitória | POL / Lechia Gdańsk

FB- Samuel Adekugbe | ENG / Brighton Hove & Albion
FB- Juan Córdova | CHI / CD Huachipato
FB- Marcel de Jong | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
FB- Andrés Fresenga | URU / Cerro Largo FC
FB- Nik Ledgerwood | CAN / FC Edmonton
FB- Tyler Pasher | USA / Sporting Kansas City

M- Fraser Aird | Unattached
M- Tesho Akindele | USA / FC Dallas
M- Scott Arfield | ENG / Burnley FC
M- Kwame Awuah | USA / New York City FC
M - Patrice Bernier | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
M- Marco Bustos | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- David Choinière | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
M- Alphonso Davies | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Raheem Edwards | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Kianz Froese | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
M- Nicolas Galvis | Unattached
M- David Junior Hoilett | WAL / Cardiff City FC
M- Will Johnson | USA / Orlando City SC
M- Mark-Anthony Kaye | USA / Louisville City FC
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Michael Petrasso | ENG / Queens Park Rangers
M- Samuel Piette | ESP / CD Izarra
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC

F- Tosaint Ricketts | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Lucas Cavallini | URU / CA Peñarol
F- Marcus Haber | SCO / Dundee FC
F- Anthony Jackson-Hamel | CAN / Impact Montréal
F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Walsall FC
F- Cyle Larin | USA / Orlando City SC