Canada MNT announces roster for November friendlies

Canada has announced its 22-man roster for the final two friendly matches of the year.

Canada has announced its 22-man roster for the final two friendly matches of the year for Canada’s Men’s National Team, which take place on 15 November and 19 November in the Czech Republic and Slovenia, respectively.

It’s will be a challenging close to 2013 for Canada as they face two highly rated opponents to wrap up the calendar year. First up is a game against the Czech team in a game to take place in Olomouc, CZE at 17.00PM local time (11.00 ET / 8.00 PT).

That will be followed up four days later in the second game of the camp against the Slovenians in Celje, SVN at 18.00PM local time (12.00 ET / 9.00 PT).

“From here to the first official games [qualifying matches], it’s important to focus on our level of play,” said Canadian Head Coach Benito Floro. “It is necessary to pay attention in how we defend and attack so for me the best result is to take it step by step to improve our level.”

Prior to, and between the games, Canada will be based in Bad Waltersdorf, AUT for the training portion of the camp.

Included in the squad is Karl W. Ouimette, who’s received his first call-up to the senior team after putting himself on the map in his second season with the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer.

Fellow defender Nana Attakora also makes his return to the Canadian roster. Attakora had provisionally been on the roster for this past summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup but he had to pull out due to injury.

GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Valerenga Fotball
GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / A.I.K.
D- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Andre Hainault | GER / VfR Aalen
D- Adam Straith | GER / Wehen Wiesbaden
D- Nana Attakora | USA / San Jose Earthquakes
D- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
D- Karl W. Ouimette | CAN / Montreal Impact
M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / C.D. Santa Clara
M- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Samuel Piette | GER / Fortuna Dusseldorf
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Stefan Cebara | Unattached / sans club
M/F- Tosaint Ricketts | TUR / Bucaspor
M/F- Simeon Jackson | GER / Eintracht Braunscweig
M/F- Kyle Porter | USA / DC United
M/F- Issey Nakajima-Farran | Unattached / sans club
F- Iain Hume | ENG / Preston North End
F- Dwayne De Rosario | Unattached / sans club

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