Hart names 22-man Canadian roster for pre-WCQ camp

Canada head coach Stephen Hart announced his roster for the team's training camp ahead of June games against the United States, Cuba, and Honduras.
Head coach Stephen Hart released his roster Thursday for Canada's upcoming training camp, and the squad included many veterans well known to Canadian soccer fans.

Seasoned pros such as Dwayne De Rosario, Julian de Guzman, Kevin McKenna, Atiba Hutchinson, and Ante Jazic headline the 22-man roster, which was selected ahead of Canada's friendly versus the United States on June 3, followed by World Cup qualifying dates with Cuba (June 8) and Honduras (June 12).

At 36 years old, Jazic is the oldest member of the Canadian squad, with 17-year-old Samuel Piette at the other end of the spectrum. The unattached teenager - who has been rumored to be linked to newly-promoted Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf - impressed at the recent Olympic qualifying tournament and was a surprise inclusion into Hart's roster.

The squad will begin to gather in Florida next week for a training camp before heading to Toronto ahead of the U.S. friendly.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Lars Hirschfeld (Vålerenga), Milan Borjan (FC Vaslui), Kenny Stamatopoulos (AIK)

DEFENDERS (7): Nik Ledgerwood (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), Mike Klukowski (Manisaspor), Kevin McKenna (1. FC Köln), André Hainault (Houston Dynamo), David Edgar (Burnley), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Ante Jazic (Chivas USA)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Julian de Guzman (Toronto FC), Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake), Josh Simpson (BSC Young Boys), Atiba Hutchinson (PSV Eindhoven), Pedro Pacheco (Santa Clara), Samuel Piette (unattached), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Brisbane Roar)

FORWARDS (5): Iain Hume (Preston North End), Tosaint Ricketts (FC Politehnica Timişoara), Simeon Jackson (Norwich City), Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Olivier Occean (SpVgg Greuther Fürth)