Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the first Men’s National Team camp of the 2017 calendar year. The camp will help prepare the team for an upcoming Men’s International Friendly in Bermuda on 22 January.
The 28-man squad predominantly features players from clubs in out-of-season leagues in North America. From this larger group, only 18 will be selected for travel to Bermuda.
“We want to give our players an early advantage heading into their pre-seasons, but also give our staff an opportunity to observe, evaluate, and educate a larger group of players,” said Michael Findlay, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Interim Head Coach. “This project also provides an internal competition within the larger group as only 18 will be selected for travel to the match.”
Of note, players from all five Canadian professional teams are included in the squad. At the international level, some of the most experienced players include Marcel de Jong, Dejan Jaković, Will Johnson, Nik Ledgerwood, Tosaint Ricketts, and Adam Straith.
More than half the squad is 24 or younger, including eight that have yet to make their international debut. The squad also includes five players that have received their first-ever call ups to the Men’s National Team: Molham Babouli, Marco Carducci, Jay Chapman, Raheem Edwards, and Ben McKendry.
Unavailable through injury are both David Edgar of Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Cyle Larin of Orlando City SC.
Canada will be based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA from 12-18 January before traveling to Bermuda.
CANADA v BERMUDA
Canada will face CONCACAF opponent Bermuda in an away Men’s International Friendly match on 22 January 2017 in Hamilton, Bermuda. The Sunday afternoon match at the Bermuda National Sports Centre will kick off at 15.00 local and be broadcast live on canadasoccer.com.
The international match will help kick off Canada’s 2017 season, which will include the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.
This will mark the ninth meeting between the two nations dating back to FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1968. Canada is unbeaten in that stretch with four wins and four draws, including a 3:0 win in their last meeting 10 years ago on 25 March 2007.
Over the past two years, Canada’s overall record is nine wins, seven draws and eight losses in 24 international matches against all opponents.
GK- Marco Carducci |
GK- Callum Irving | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
GK- Sean Melvin | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps 2
CB- Nana Attakora | USA / San Francisco Deltas
CB- Dejan Jaković |
CB- Wandrille Lefèvre | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
FB- Jamar Dixon | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
FB- Nik Ledgerwood | CAN / FC Edmonton
FB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
FB- Karl W. Ouimette |
M- Tesho Akindele | USA / FC Dallas
M- Kyle Bekker |
M- Marco Bustos | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Jay Chapman | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Marcel de Jong | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Ben Fisk | CAN / FC Edmonton
M- Carl Haworth | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
M- Will Johnson | USA / Orlando City SC
M- Ben McKendry | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Adam Straith |
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Maxim Tissot |
F- Molham Babouli | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Raheem Edwards | CAN / Toronto FC II
F- Jordan Hamilton | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Anthony Jackson-Hamel | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
F- Tosaint Ricketts | CAN / Toronto FC
Name | Birthyear | Age | City in which they grew up | Active start/First club
Akindele, Tesho | 1992 | 24 | Thornton, CO, USA |
Attakora, Nana | 1989 | 27 | Brampton, ON, CAN & Orangeville, ON, CAN | Brampton SC
Babouli, Molham | 1993 | 24 | Mississauga, ON, CAN |
Bekker, Kyle | 1990 | 26 | Oakville, ON, CAN | Oakville SC
Bustos, Marco | 1996 | 20 | Winnipeg, MB, CAN | Garden City Community Centre
Carducci, Marco | 1996 | 20 | Calgary, AB, CAN | MSB United
Chapman, Jay | 1994 | 23 | Campbellford, ON, CAN | Brampton East SC
de Jong, Marcel | 1986 | 30 | Valkenswaard, NED | De Valk
Dixon, Jamar | 1989 | 27 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Gloucester Hornets SC
Edwards, Raheem | 1995 | 21 | Toronto, ON, CAN |
Fisk, Ben | 1993 | 23 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Boston
Hamilton, Jordan | 1996 | 20 | Scarborough, ON, CAN | North Scarborough SC
Haworth, Carl | 1989 | 27 | Barrie, ON, CAN | Barrie SC
Irving, Callum | 1993 | 23 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Marpole SC
Jackson-Hamel, Anthony | 1993 | 23 | Québec, QC, CAN | Impact Junior ARS Québec
Jaković, Dejan | 1985 | 31 | Etobicoke, ON, CAN | Kingsview
Johnson, Will | 1987 | 29 | Toronto, ON, CAN & Chicago, IL, USA |
Ledgerwood, Nik | 1985 | 32 | Lethbridge, AB, CAN | Lethbridge Cosmos
Lefèvre, Wandrille | 1988 | 28 | Chartres, FRA & Montréal, QC, CAN | ES Pérols
McKendry, Ben | 1993 | 23 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Grandview Legion
Melvin, Sean | 1994 | 22 | Victoria, BC, CAN |
Morgan, Ashtone | 1991 | 25 | Toronto, ON, CAN | West End United
Osorio, Jonathan | 1992 | 24 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Toronto Futsal League
Ouimette, Karl W. | 1992 | 24 | Terrebonne, QC, CAN | CS Terrebonne
Ricketts, Tosaint | 1987 | 29 | Edmonton, AB, CAN | Edmonton Juventus
Straith, Adam | 1990 | 26 | Victoria, BC, CAN | Bays United SC
Teibert, Russell | 1992 | 24 | Niagara Falls, ON, CAN | Niagara Falls SC
Tissot, Maxim | 1992 | 24 | Gatineau, QC, CAN | CS Aylmer
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