Cyle Larin (#17), a standout performer at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, was one of 23 players named to Canada's roster for its upcoming training camp and friendlies. (Photo: Mexsport)
OTTAWA – Canada announced Thursday its roster for a pair of international friendlies later this month, the team’s last matches prior to the start of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in June.
Head coach Benito Floro has called in 23 players for training prior to squaring off against Guatemala (March 25 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) and Puerto Rico (March 30 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico).
“We have two priorities for this camp,” said Floro. “The first is to work hard on tactical concepts like pressing, combined attacks, defense, and our offensive and defensive set pieces. At the same time, we need the psychological attitudes to get results. We need to have a good mentality.”
In World Cup Qualifying, Canada will meet the winner of the Dominica/British Virgin Islands series in June.
“Every day we are together is very important to us because it is the best way we have to practice our game situations,” Floro finished. “Speaking about this camp, this is very important because it is the last one before official games so we need to use it to practice several things.”
The team will start training on March 23 in Orlando, Florida.
(Training camp & international friendlies roster: March 23-30, 2015)
GOALKEEPERS: Milan Borjan (Radnički Niš), Quillan Roberts (Toronto FC), Kenny Stamatopoulos (AIK/Sweden)
DEFENDERS: Samuel Adekugbe Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Marcel de Jong (Sporting Kansas City/USA), David Edgar (Birmingham City/England), Andre Hainault (VfR Aalen/Germany), Luca Gasparotto (Airdrieonians/Scotland), Dejan Jakovic (Shimizu S-Pulse/Japan), Manjrekar James (Pécsi MFC/Hungary), Karl W. Ouimette (New York Red Bulls/USA)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Bekker (FC Dallas/USA), Julian de Guzman (no club), Randy Edwini-Bonsu (Stuttgarter Kickers/Germany), Simeon Jackson (Coventry City), Nik Ledgerwood (Energie Cottbus/Germany), Christopher Mannella (Toronto FC), Samuel Piette (Deportivo la Coruna/Spain), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Maxim Tissot (Impact de Montreal)
FORWARDS: Tosaint Ricketts (Hapoel Haifa/Israel), Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra/England), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC/USA)