Canadian-born Jonathan de Guzman pledges Dutch allegiance

The Scarborough, Ontario native has made up his mind about which national team he wants to play with.
Much to the frustration of many Canadian soccer fans across the country, the Canadian men's national team has one less quality player it'll be able to count on.

Jonathan de Guzman has made up his mind, and he wants to play for Netherlands.

"My goal is to make the [Netherlands] team for the World Cup in 2014," de Guzman told The Score on Tuesday at BMO Field, where he was watching the Canadian team take on Honduras.

Canadian head coach Stephen Hart has worked hard to convince the 24-year-old to join the Reds, but to no avail.

"Stephen Hart was kind enough to fly out to Spain to try to convince me or even just talk about it," said de Guzman. "We had good conversation, but ... I made it clear that I chose the Dutch national team."

Whether the Canadian-born player - younger brother to current Canada international Julian de Guzman - is able to make the Dutch side remains to be seen, but the midfielder explained that he's very confident of his chances in doing so.

"I am very confident in my skills, and I know I have quality to make the national team and I stick by my [decision]," said De Guzman, who played last season with Villarreal in Spain.

Junior Hoilett is another young European-based player that Hart is hoping to add to his roster, but the native of Brampton, Ontario, has yet to decide his international allegiance. The 22-year-old free agent is also eligible for Jamaica.