Canada’s men’s team sets roster for 3 World Cup qualifiers

The Canadian men’s soccer team will feature players from 11 different countries for three crucial World Cup qualifiers.

40-ranked Canada face a tough schedule with three games in three countries over seven days, starting Thursday in Honduras against the 76th-ranked side. Next, Canada will host the No. 11 United States Men’s National Team on Sunday in Hamilton, Ont., before flying to San Salvador to face No. 70 El Salvador on February 2.

While some players were still in transit after club games over the weekend, the Canadian men held their first practice on Monday afternoon at Inter Miami’s training ground in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 25-man roster includes captain Atiba Hutchinson, goalkeeper Milan Borjan, midfielders Jonathan Osorio and Samuel Piette and forwards Jonathan David and Cyle Larin.

Canada misses Alphonso Davies, its man of mark. The 21-year-old from Edmonton, a star fullback for Bayern Munich who plays a more attacking role for the national team, has been sidelined with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, after testing positive for COVID -19.

St. Johnstone midfielder David Wotherspoon is recovering from knee surgery

There has been some confusion over the status of midfielder Stephen Eustaquio, who is currently on loan in Portugal from FC Pacos de Ferreira at Porto. While Portuguese reports say Eustaquio has tested positive for COVID-19, Canada Soccer has included him on the list and hopes he can still join the national team for part of the international window.

While MLS clubs have just started pre-season, coach John Herdman’s squad includes 16 players from outside North America.

With six games to play, Canada (4-0-4, 16 points) leads the eight-team field ahead of the U.S. (4-1-3, 15 points) and Mexico and Panama (both 4-2-2, 14 points). ).

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