Canada MNT Names Young Squad for January Camp
Canada’s Men’s National Team has named its 22-man roster for the upcoming camp in USA to take place from 19 to 30 January in Arizona and Texas.
As part of the camp, Canada will feature in two Men’s International Friendlies. The team will take on Denmark on 26 January in Tucson, AZ (13.00 local) before taking part in a match against USA on 29 January in Houston, TX (20.00 local).
The 29 January friendly against USA will be broadcast in Canada on Sportsnet (21.00 ET / 18.00 PT).
Interim head coach Colin Miller has stated that the camp will provide an important opportunity to assess the ‘future’ of the Canadian team.
“One of our key objectives for this camp is to look towards the future and give some of our young players a chance,” said interim head coach Colin Miller.
“It is important for us to take a step forward during the camp and over the course of the next two matches. We expect the young players to come in very hungry and looking to show well for the future of the Men’s National Team.”
With an average age of just under 25, this is the youngest Canadian team to be assembled since May 2006.
Ten players have earned their first call-up to the Men’s National Team. Eight players featured in Canada’s Men’s U-23 team at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.
Mason Trafford is taking part in his first national team camp at any age level.
Dwayne De Rosario, Nik Ledgerwood, Lars Hirschfeld and Tosaint Ricketts are the only players on the roster to have taken part in game action during 2012’s CONCACAF third round of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 Qualifiers™.
Following the January camp in USA, Canada has confirmed that it will take on Japan in a Men’s International Friendly on 22 March in Doha, Qatar as the team continues its preparations for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup to take place in USA in July.
1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
2- M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
3- FB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
4- CB- Nana Attakora | FIN / FC Haka
5- CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / D.C. United
6- M- Philippe Davies | USA / Richmond Kickers
7- M - Terry Dunfield | CAN / Toronto FC
8- CM- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
9- F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Sandnes Ulf
10- F- Frank Jonke | FIN / FF Jaro
11- M - Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
12- M- Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault |
13- CB- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
14- M/F- Dwayne De Rosario | USA / D.C. United
15- M- Emmanuel Gomez | ARG / Club Atletico Griffa
16- M - Matt Stinson | CAN / Toronto FC
17- F- Kyle Porter | CAN / FC Edmonton
18- GK- Roberto Stillo | ITA / Genoa CFC
19- M- Evan James |
20- D- Mason Trafford | FIN / IFK Mariehamn
21- FB- Andrés Fresenga | URU / Racing Club de Montevideo
22- GK- Simon Thomas |
Isn't Gomez Gambian?
Some weird call-ups in there, especially Frank Jonke....
who the heck is Emmanuel Gomez? surely not the Gambian Gomez that used to play for TFC?
Am assuming that no Cavallini means he's staying with his club during training camp... am hoping this is the reason.
As for Gomez... I highly doubt its the Gambian that used to play for Toronto FC. I've tried everything and can't find anything on this kid. Club Atletico Griffa looks like an academy/soccer school, not necessarily a club.
Maybe a little bit surprised to not see Will Johnson's name.
I think there is another Manny Gomez who played a few games at the youth level ... he's 25, here's his wiki page:
I thought the same, but according to wiki... He's been outta footy for 3 years?
Originally Posted by Yohan
Very pleased to see Jonke called. Good opportunity to see if he can be a good depth player for us.
So apparently this Emmanuel Gomez is not the TFC one, but a guy playing in the Argentinian 5th division!?!?!
I feel like our Voyageurs games last year were probably around Argentinian 5th division quality....
Maybe they meant to call Mario Gomez ... who would notice anyway?!
Originally Posted by Sam