Canada names roster for European friendlies

Doneil Henry (#20), shown here in a 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Martinique, was named to Canada's roster for a pair of away November 2013 friendlies against the Czech Republic and Slovenia. (Photo: Mexsport)


OTTAWA -- Canada announced a 22-man roster Friday for pair of away friendlies against the Czech Republic and Slovenia, on November 15 and 19, respectively.

The Canadians will be based in Bad Waltersdorf, Austria, for the duration their camp

“From here to the first official games [2018 World Cup Qualifying matches], it’s important to focus on our level of play,” said Canada head coach Benito Floro.  “It is necessary to pay attention in how we defend and attack so for me the best result is to take it step by step to improve our level.”

The impact de Montreal’s Karl W. Ouimette received his first call-up to the senior team after putting himself in the picture during his second season with the Major League Soccer side.

The defender, 21, was a starter in six of seven regular-season appearances, scoring his first goal as a professional on October 19 in a 2-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Union.  He also started one game in the Canadian championship and another in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Ouimette initially made a name for himself with the country’s youth squads, representing Canada in the 2009 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in Tijuana, Mexico.



(International Friendlies: November 15, 2013 at Czech Republic; November 19, 2013 at Slovenia)

GOALKEEPERS: Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga/Norway), Kenny Stamatopoulos (AIK/Sweden)

DEFENDERS:  Nana Attakora (San Jose Earthquakes/USA), Marcel de Jong (Augsburg/Germany), Andre Hainault (VfR Aalen/Germany), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby/Sweden), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Karl W. Ouimette (Impact de Montreal), Adam Straith (Wehen Wiesbaden/Germany)

MIDFIELDERS:  Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC), Stefan Cebara (no club), Issey Nakajima-Farran (no club), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Pedro Pacheco (CD Santa Clara/Portugal), Samuel Piette (Fortuna Dusseldorf/Germany), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps)

FORWARDS:  Dwayne De Rosario (no club), Iain Hume (Preston North End/England), Simeon Jackson (Eintracht Braunschweig/Germany), Kyle Porter (D.C. United/USA), Tosaint Ricketts (Bucaspor/Turkey)