Canada kicks off its 2013 Gold Cup tournament with a tricky test against the overseas department of France.
|Canada (4-2-3-1): Borjan; Ledgerwood, Edgar, Henry, De Jong; Johnson, De Guzman; Teibert, Pacheco, Nakajima-Farran; Haber||
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga), Milan Borjan (Sivasspor), Simon Thomas (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby IF), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Adam Straith (FC Saarbrücken), David Edgar (Burnley), Marcel de Jong (FC Augsburg), Nana Attakora (San Jose Earthquakes), Adam Straith (unattached)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC), Julian de Guzman (unattached), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Alki Larnaca), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Pedro Pacheco (CD Santa Clara), Samuel Piette (Fortuna Düsseldorf), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Keven Aleman (Real Valladolid)
FORWARDS (4): Randy Edwini-Bonsu (unattached), Marcus Haber (Stevenage FC), Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes Ulf), Simeon Jackson (unattached)
|Martinique (4-4-2): Vermignon; Cretinoir, Arnolin, Babin, Zaire; Herelle, Reuperné, Thomert, Germany; Piquionne, Parsemain|
GOALKEEPERS (3): Emmanuel Vermignon (Club Colonial), Kevin Olimpa (Bordeaux), Loic Chauvet (Golden Star)
DEFENDERS (8): Sebastien Cretinoir (Club Colonial), Nicolas Zaire (Riviere-Pilote), Jacky Berdix (Case-Pilote), Audrick Linford (Romorantin), William Sery (Raon-l'Etape), Lionel Ravi (Club Franciscain), Gregory Arnolin (Sporting Gijon), Jean-Sylvain Babin (Alcorcan)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Daniel Herelle (Club Colonial), Fabrice Reuperné (Golden Star), Gael Germany (Paris FC), Stephane Abaul (Club Franciscain), Jordy Delem (Club Franciscain), Olivier Thomert (Le Mans),
FORWARDS (6): Kevin Tresfeld (Club Franciscain), Kevin Parsemain (Riviere-Pilote), Frederic Piquionne (Portland Timbers), Yoann Arquin (Notts County), Mathias Coureur (Golden Lion), Steve Gustan (Club Franciscain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Martinique is an overseas department of France and thus not an official member of FIFA.
- The 2013 Gold Cup marks Martinique's fourth appearance in CONCACAF's regional championship. Its best finish was in 2002, when it reached the quarterfinal stage.
- Canada faced Martinique in that 2002 Gold Cup quarterfinal, with the teams battling to a 1-1 draw in regulation. The Canadians won the penalty shootout and proceeded to place third in that tournament.
- Interim head coach Colin Miller has called a very young Canada squad, with 11 of his 23 players having made less than ten international appearances each.
- Real Valladolid's Keven Aleman is the only uncapped member of Canada's squad. The 19-year-old was born in Costa Rica and remains eligible for the Ticos until he plays an official competitive game for Canada.
- Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson is set to make his debut as national team captain in this tournament. The 26-year-old central midfielder has 33 caps and three goals for Canada.