After a couple of delays down to logistics, John Herdman announced his roster today for Canada’s massive away Concacaf Nations League match against the United States on November 15.
His squad features all eleven of the players who started against the United States in a famous 2-0 win at home last month. The group also features, for the first time ever, a pair of players from the Canadian Premier League, as Dominick Zator of Cavalry FC joins Amer Didic to add defensive depth to the group.
Doneil Henry is also back and available after serving a suspension dating back to a red card on the road in September against Cuba. He will likely start alongside Steven Vitoria for this match.
Cyle Larin and Atiba Hutchinson are the most notable omissions from the group. According to Canada Soccer, both are missing out for personal reasons and will remain with their clubs through the international window.
Toronto FC will again be well represented despite the MLS Cup on Sunday landing quite close to Friday’s match. Richie Laryea, Jonathan Osorio and Liam Fraser, all of whom played vital roles in Canada’s October win, are back in the team.
Canada need only a draw to secure top spot in the Nations League group and advance to the knockout rounds. A loss would mean Canada relying on Cuba to limit the number of goals the Americans score on them in the final group game — which is unlikely given the team’s recent past.
The United States will play this match with some notable absences. Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, as well as Seattle’s Cristian Roldan, will all miss out due to the MLS Cup final. Tyler Adams and Zach Steffen, meanwhile, are both injured.
Here is the full roster for the camp:
Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, Max Crepeau, Jayson Leutwiler
Defenders: Derek Cornelius, Amer Didic, Doneil Henry, Steven Vitoria, Sam Adekugbe, Richie Laryea, Kamal Miller, Dominick Zator
Midfielders: Scott Arfield, Stephen Eustaquio, Liam Fraser, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Jonathan Osorio, Samuel Piette, David Wotherspoon
Forwards: Lucas Cavallini, Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies, Junior Hoilett, Liam Millar