Herdman Unveils Canada Roster For Concacaf Nations League Finals
The gaffer revealed the players who will make the trip to Las Vegas today.
Canadian head coach John Herdman released his roster on Wednesday ahead of the Concacaf Nations League Finals being played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas next week.
The roster includes one last go for Atiba Hutchinson – who would certainly like to trophy before his retirement – Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, and Cyle Larin.
We will also see the return of Scott Kennedy, who missed the World Cup due to injury, Tom McGill as a third-string keeper, and former Canadian Premier League ballers Dominick Zator and Victor Loturi.
The schedule will be quite packed as after the Concacaf Nations League Finals Canada will turn its attention to the Gold Cup later this month.
They will play on June 27 in their first group stage game at BMO Field in Toronto against an opponent still to be determined before facing Guatemala and Cuba in Houston, Texas.
The roster for the Gold Cup will be named afterwards. It is already confirmed Alphonso Davies won’t be in it due to the long and hectic schedule with the Edmonton native needing rest.
Canada will face Panama in the semi-final and the winner will face the winner of the other semi featuring USA vs Mexico in the final.
The last time Canada faced Panama was in March last year after Canada had beaten Jamaica to qualify for the World Cup in their final group-stage game.
They lost that game 1-0 but had already clinched the number one spot in Concacaf.
Herdman isn’t looking past Panama and says they are a good physical team.
“I think you have to get past Panama”, Herdman said. “They are a tough team and our mind is on the final but you can’t underestimate Panama and that’s an aggressive and hungry team.”
“There’s some bad blood there from our previous matches and we know it’s a big test and we have that target on our back going into a game like that.”
Unfortunately due to the budget constraints which continue to hamper the team, Canada will only have a four-day camp prior to facing Panama on June 15th.
All the action can be seen on OneSoccer which continues to be the place to catch Canada’s national team matches for both its men’s and women’s teams.