Canada's men's national soccer team returns for its first camp since qualifying in March for the upcoming 2022 World Cup, and the team's biggest star is once again set to don the Maple Leaf.
Alphonso Davies returns to John Herdman's squad for the first time since November, when he helped the Canadians earn wins over Costa Rica and Mexico in his hometown of Edmonton. Unfortunately, Davies tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of 2022 and subsequently developed myocarditis, a mild heart condition, that kept him off the field from January until April. The condition forced him to miss several games for Bayern Munich, and he also missed the final six matches of Canada's successful World Cup qualifying campaign.
Fully healthy once again, Davies headlines a 25-man roster for three matches in June. Canada will host Iran in a friendly at BC Place in Vancouver on June 5 before welcoming Curacao to the same venue on June 9 for a CONCACAF Nations League group-stage match. The Canadians then travel to Honduras on June 13 for their second of four total Nations League group-stage matches, with the final two games taking place early next year.
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“These are three opportunities to take steps forward with this group of players in preparation for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” Canada coach Herdman said. “Every minute together is crucial as we prepare to work collectively to give us the best chance to perform against some of the world’s best on the biggest stage.”
Joining Davies on the roster are many names familiar to fans who followed Canada's World Cup qualifying journey. National team stalwarts such as Atiba Hutchinson, Cyle Larin, Jonathan David, Jonathan Osorio, Stephen Eustaquio, Sam Adekugbe, Tajon Buchanan, and Milan Borjan have all been called in, along with lesser-used players like LA Galaxy wingback Raheem Edwards and Netherlands-based striker Charles-Andreas Brym.
The only uncapped player to earn a call-up is 17-year-old Luca Koleosho, who made his La Liga debut with RCD Espanyol last week.
"There are some areas in the team that we would like to strengthen prior to Qatar,” Herdman said. “We are looking to assess specific profiles of players that can contribute to our tactical approach against tier-one opponents."
Canada is expected to book high-profile exhibition matches in September as the team prepares for its first appearance in the World Cup since 1986.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team have announced their squad for the upcoming series of three international matches in June including the 2022-23 edition of Concacaf Nations League.— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) May 25, 2022
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Canada roster vs. Iran, Curacao & Honduras
GOALKEEPERS: Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade), Maxime Crépeau (Los Angeles FC), Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United FC)
DEFENDERS: Samuel Adekugbe (Hatayspor FC), Doneil Henry (Los Angeles FC), Alistair Johnston (CF Montréal), Scott Kennedy (SSV Jahn Regensburg), Richie Laryea (Nottingham Forest FC), Kamal Miller (CF Montréal), Steven Vitória (Moreirense FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Raheem Edwards (LA Galaxy), Stephen Eustáquio (FC Porto), Atiba Hutchinson (Beşiktaş JK), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Colorado Rapids), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Samuel Piette (CF Montréal)
FORWARDS: Charles-Andreas Brym (FC Eindhoven), Tajon Buchanan (Club Brugge KV), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Jonathan David (Lille OSC), Alphonso Davies (FC Bayern München), David Junior Hoilett (Reading FC), Luca Koleosho (RCD Espanyol), Cyle Larin (Beşiktaş JK), Iké Ugbo (ES Troyes AC)