Canadian men’s national team coach Octavio Zambrano has named his final 23-man squad to face Curacao in Montreal on Tuesday, with a couple of notable additions to the roster.
Vancouver Whitecaps youngster Alphonso Davies, who officially became a Canadian citizen this week, is in Canada’s senior squad for the first time. Davies also made Canada’s provisional 40-man Gold Cup roster earlier this week. He would be officially cap-tied to the national team if he makes an appearance in the tournament later this summer.
The 16-year-old is one of six players who could make their debuts on Tuesday along with Raheem Edwards, Juan Cordova, Andres Fresenga, Mark-Anthony Kaye, and Tyler Pasher.
“The new guys have adapted well while the veterans can see a path that, if we stay on it, we can get some results,” said Zambrano. “You can start to see what the young guys can bring to the national team, but you can also see why the experienced players are still part of the team. It is a good combination and a well balanced team.”
One of those veterans is Patrice Bernier, who is back with the national team for the first time since 2015. The Montreal Impact midfielder is the most experienced member of the team with 53 caps.
The likes of Scott Arfield, Tesho Akindele and Atiba Hutchinson were left off this roster. There is still no word on Hutchinson’s international future.
Here is the full roster:
Goalkeepers: Maxime Crepeau (Montreal Impact), Milan Borjan (MKS Korona Kielce)
Defenders: Fraser Aird (Unattached), Manjrekar James (Vasas Budapest), Dejan Jakovic (New York Cosmos), Marcel de Jong (Vancouver Whitecaps), Juan Cordova (CD Huachipato), Andres Fresenga (Cerro Largo FC), Tyler Pasher (Sporting Kansas City)
Midfielders: Kianz Froese (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Samuel Piette (CD Izarra), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps), Will Johnson (Orlando City), Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City FC), Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Louisville City FC), Adam Straith (FC Edmonton), Raheem Edwards (Toronto FC), Patrice Bernier (Montreal Impact)
Forwards: Cyle Larin (Orlando City), Marcus Haber (Dundee FC), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact)