Ottawa’s Haworth looks to make Canada debut Friday

Ottawa Fury's Carl Haworth (pictured), shown playing in an 2016 Amway Canadian Championship match against FC Edmonton, has represented Canada at the under-23 level. (Photo courtesy of Canada Soccer)


CHEONAN, Korea Republic -- It’s been a hectic few weeks for Canada’s Carl Haworth.

The 27-year-old forward recently wrapped up his season as team MVP for the Ottawa Fury. In quick succession, the Fury announced it was switching leagues from the NASL to the USL for the 2017 season. Then, Haworth committed to remaining with the club.

And that was before he was named to Canada’s roster for its final friendly of the year at Korea Republic on Friday.

“It is a long trip but it’s been a great experience so far,” Haworth said after Canada trained on Thursday. “I was told earlier in the week that I was on stand-by and I didn’t think much of it. I didn’t tell anyone and then I got the call Thursday night that I was coming into the camp, so I had to get to everything together pretty quickly and then take off. It’s been a really good experience.”

As Canada aims to peak for next summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, Haworth will be hoping to make his debut at the senior international level after representing the country at the under-23 level as a member of the team that tried to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Haworth netted seven goals in 27 NASL games, striking for another in the Amway Canadian Championship, to lead the Fury in scoring. Although Ottawa missed the playoffs and the possibility of making a second straight to the NASL Soccer Bowl, Haworth aims to conclude the year with his first senior cap.

“It would be amazing to get in, to get some minutes, get my first cap,” finished Haworth. “If it leads to a few more then that’s fantastic. So for now, (I’m) just focusing on my own game and putting everything in tomorrow and trying to get on the field.” 

And, ultimately, claim a roster spot at the 2017 Gold Cup.