John Herdman announced his squad for the upcoming Nations League games against Cuba on Wednesday morning. It’s the first camp since the disappointing loss to Haiti at the Gold Cup.
While there are plenty of players who were expected to be called up on the list, like Alphonso Davies and Milan Borjan, there are a few new additions to the squad.
The notable one: Marco Carducci from Canadian Premier League side Cavalry FC. The 22-year-old goalkeeper has been arguably the best goalkeeper in the league this season, and is the first CPL player to be called up to the represent Canada.
That’s a historic milestone for not only Carducci, but for the Canadian Premier League, and he’s hopefully the first in a long line of CPL players to represent Canada. He has represented Canada at U17, U20 and U23 levels. and his 8 clean sheets currently lead the CPL. He’s also third in saves with 43.
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There are also three Toronto FC players in Herdman’s team. National team regular Jonathan Osorio is in the squad, alongside fellow midfielder Liam Fraser. Richie Laryea earns his first inclusion, as his consistently good performances at right back for Toronto FC have been huge for The Reds this season.
From the other Canadian MLS sides are Maxime Crepeau, Doneil Henry, Russell Teibert and Derek Cornelius from the Vancouver Whitecaps, as well as Sam Piette from the Montreal Impact.
After sensational Gold Cup performances, it’s no surprise to see Jonathan David, Lucas Cavallini and Junior Hoilett back in the mix, while a few players have been recalled after being left out of the summer’s tournament:
Also of note: recalls for Cordova, Straith, Vitoria, Sam Adekugbe, Wotherspoon, and Akindele. Laryea called up for the first time. #CanMNT— Oliver Platt (@plattoli) August 28, 2019
Here is the full squad: