Canada names large squad for first camp under Floro


28 August 2013

Incoming Canadian Head Coach Benito Floro has selected a vast 33-man squad for the first Men’s National Team camp of his tenure to take place in Valencia, Spain from 1-11 September.

The camp will feature two Men’s International Friendlies on 8 and 10 September against Mauritania (both kick-off times 17.30 local / 11.30 ET / 08.30 PT) at the Oliva Nova complex near Valencia.

For Floro, who will be taking charge of his first matches with the team, the camp will be an important first step in establishing a new tactical plan and relationship with the players.

“This first camp is important for us as we want to achieve our tactical structure as soon as possible,” said Floro.

“It will also be important to establish the relationship between the coaches and players.”

Floro has opted to call-in a blend of youth and experience for the camp with many regulars from Canada’s FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers and CONCACAF Gold Cup campaigns returning to the fold; but also with three players earning their first call-ups to the Men’s National Team.

“For me, the age of the player is not necesarrily important,” said Floro.

“What is important is the tactical behaviour of the player on the pitch and the level of the player’s ability. I have brought in a number of young players because I like the level they are playing at – and if things progress well – we will be able to bring in more youth players in the coming years.”

Domestic players Samuel Adekugbe (D / Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Jackson Farmer (D / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency) and Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé (M / Académie Impact Montréal) will all be taking part in their first camps with the senior Canadian team after featuring at various levels of the youth national team setup.

Dwayne De Rosario is the most experienced player in the squad with 73 caps under his belt.

GK- Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor
GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol
D- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Dejan Jaković | USA / D.C. United
D- Adam Straith | GER / Wehen Wiesbaden
D- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
D- Samuel Adekugbe | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D- David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
D- Jackson Farmer | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Andrés Fresenga | URU / Racing Club de Montevideo
D- André Hainault | GER / VfR Aalen
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
D/M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
M- Keven Aleman | ESP / Real Valladolid
M- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
M – Julian de Guzman | GRE / Skoda Xanthi
M – Terry Dunfield | Unattached / sans club
M- Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
M- Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Besiktas
M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | CYP / AEK Larnaca FC
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / C.D. Santa Clara
M- Samuel Piette | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
M/F- Dwayne De Rosario | USA / D.C. United
M/F- Stefan Cebara | Unattached / sans club
M/F- Daniel Haber | CYP / Apollon Limassol
M/F – Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F- Marcus Haber | ENG / Stevenage FC
F- Iain Hume | ENG / Preston North End
F- Simeon Jackson | GER / Eintracht Braunschweig
F- Kyle Porter | USA / D.C. United
F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Sandnes Ulf

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