Canada MNT squad selection unveiled in downtown Vancouver
Posted on 6 November 2015 in Men's National Team
A set of 23 #CanadaRED jerseys were on tour this Friday morning at iconic locations in the City of Vancouver, host site for next week's 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers match at BC Place. The interactive tour gave local fans the first opportunity to learn the 23 names that will represent Canada in upcoming home and away international matches on 13 and 17 November this month.
"We want the stadium to be full of Canadian supporters who understand how important they can be to help the team," said Canada's Men's National Team Head Coach Benito Floro, who will arrive in Vancouver this weekend alongside players from professional clubs on four continents. "We need that Canadian support to help guide the team to victory."
On the Road to Russia 2018, Canada kicks off the CONCACAF semi-final stage at home against Honduras on Friday 13 November in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tickets to the match start as low as $25 (plus applicable fees). Tickets are available online via ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000, or in person at the BC Place Box Office.
One week out on Friday 6 November, Canadian supporters were given the chance to pose for pictures with the moving roster display in Vancouver. The 23 #CanadaRED jerseys had the name and number of each soccer player called into the November selection.
The roster was also presented on canadasoccer.com, the official digital home to Canada's national teams.
"We believe in this group of players," said Floro, whose Canadian side will face Honduras at home on 13 November and El Salvador away on 17 November. "We want our best roster, so we are always in review of the performances of our players with their professional clubs and make our selection in consideration of the matches we will play."
In this CONCACAF semi-final stage, the 12 nations are divided into three groups, with each four-team group playing six matches during international windows over an 11-month period. Following these two matches in November, Canada will play two matches in March 2016 (at home and away against Mexico) and two matches in September 2016 (away against Honduras and at home against El Salvador).
"At home, it is very important to play in the stadiums supported by professional soccer clubs," said Floro. "Along with the national feeling that our home supporters can bring, they also bring an understanding of the game and how important they can be as our 12th man on the Road to Russia 2018."
To help build a sea of #CanadaRED supporters, tickets can be purchased in groups of 10 or more with an eligible price discount of up to 30% off the regular price (starting at just $17.50). For complete ticket information visit http://canadasoccer.com/canMNTvHON.
A special ‘Me+3’ is also available for this match. When purchasing three full price tickets in select sections, fans will receive the fourth one free. This offer is available viaTicketmaster.ca by selecting the ‘Me+3’ offer.
BC Place's club seats offer fans a premium match day experience featuring exclusive entrances, in-seat service, larger comfortable seats, exclusive club lounges with a full-service private bar and heightened food offerings, all from some of the best views in the venue. Club seats offer great value at $90 and all fans purchasing a club seat ticket will receive a complimentary Canada Soccer scarf ($30 retail value).
Canadian supporters have been allocated a number of dedicated sections in the west end of BC Place. Fans wishing to sit in the Canadian supporter sections are encouraged to visit the Voyageurs website for more information and to purchase tickets through thevoyageurs.com.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is the biggest single-sport event in the world. From 209 member associations from around the world, 32 finalists will qualify for the 32-day event that is played in 11 cities from 14 June to 15 July 2018.
1- GK- Simon Thomas | NOR / Strømmen IF
2- FB- Fraser Aird | SCO / Glasgow Rangers FC
3- FB- Samuel Adekugbe | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
4- CB- André Hainault | GER / 1. FC Magdeburg *
5- CB- David Edgar | ENG / Sheffield United
6- M- Julian de Guzman | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
7- M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
8- M- Will Johnson | USA / Portland Timbers
9- F- Lucas Cavallini | URU / CA Fénix *
10- M- David Hoilett | ENG / Queens Park Rangers
11- M- Tosaint Ricketts | TUR / Boluspor FC
12- CB- Dejan Jaković | JPN / Shimizu S-Pulse
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Beşiktaş JK
14- M- Samuel Piette | ESP / Deportivo La Coruña
15- M / CB- Adam Straith | NOR / Fredrikstad FK
16- M- Kianz Froese | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
17- FB / M- Marcel De Jong | USA / Sporting Kansas City
18- GK- Milan Borjan | BUL / PFK Ludogorets Razgrad
19- CB- Wandrille Lefèvre | CAN / Impact Montréal
20- FB- Karl W. Ouimette | USA / New York Red Bulls
21- F- Cyle Larin | USA / Orlando City SC
22- GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol
23- M- Tesho Akindele | USA / FC Dallas
* On Monday 9 November, Canada Soccer announced two injury replacements: André Hainault (ill) for Manjrekar James; Lucas Cavallini (injured) for Marcus Haber.