Posted on October 4, 2012
Canada on Thursday announced its roster for the World Cup Qualifiers matches against Cuba on Oct. 12 and in Honduras on Oct. 16.
Coach Stephen Hart selected 21 players for the Group C matches.
The Canadians are tied for second place in CONCACAF Group C with 2-1-1 records and seven points apiece behind leader Panama (3-1-0, nine), which just needs a win to clinch a spot in next year’s hexagonal. The top two teams from the group will advance.
From the goal out, Canada’s squad features goalkeepers Milan Borjan, Lars Hirschfeld and Kenny Stamatopoulos, defenders Marcel de Jong, David Edgar, André Hainault, Dejan Jaković, Ante Jazić, Mike Klukowski and Kevin McKenna, and midfielders/forwards Patrice Bernier, Terry Dunfield, Julian de Guzman, Iain Hume, Atiba Hutchinson, Simeon Jackson, Will Johnson, Nik Ledgerwood, Olivier Occean, Pedro Pacheco and Tosaint Ricketts.
The Canada-Cuba match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET at BMO Field on Oct. 12. The match will be broadcast live on Sportsnet One, with a pre-match show starting at 7 p.m.The group finale will be played at Estadio Olímpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on Oct. 16.
Hart’s team includes players who perform for clubs 10 countries, including Dunfield (Toronto FC) and Bernier (Impact Montréal) who play professional football in Canada. All 21 players have participated in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers this year.
Tickets to Canada’s next two home matches in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are available via ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1.855.570.7500, with full information available on CanadaSoccer.com. Group discounts are available via email@example.com or 613.237.7678.
The Canada roster:
1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
2- M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
3- FB- Mike Klukowski | CYP / APOEL
4- CB- Kevin McKenna | GER / FC Köln
5- CB- André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo
6- M – Julian de Guzman | USA / FC Dallas
7- F- Iain Hume | ENG / Doncaster Rovers
8- M- Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
9- F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
10- F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
11- FB- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
12- CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / D.C. United
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven
14- M – Terry Dunfield | CAN / Toronto FC
15- CB- David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
16- M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
17- F- Olivier Occean | GER / Eintracht Frankfurt
18- GK- Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor
19- FB- Ante Jazić | USA / Chivas USA
20- M – Patrice Bernier | CAN / Impact Montréal
22- GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol
Photo: Patrice Bernier was among the 21 players on the Canada World Cup qualifying roster. Scott Bales/YCJ
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