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Canada Reveals Marsch’s First Roster For Pre-Copa America Friendlies

By on May 27, 2024 0 815 Views

The Canadian Men’s National Team has announced its 26-man roster for the upcoming International Friendlies against the Netherlands and France on June 6th and 9th, respectively.

New head coach Jesse Marsch has chosen to begin his tenure with a healthy mix of experience and youth, with his final selection featuring some interesting omissions.

“I am extremely excited to get these players into camp together,” said Marsch about this upcoming window. “I have had many discussions with the players over the last weeks and it is clear that we have an exceptional group of men playing for this country. Now the work gets started for us all to come together to become the team that we know this country deserves.” 

Many CanMNT fans will recognize most of the names on this roster, as all have been previously called up before. Marsch has made some surprising call-ups, however: CF Montreal duo Mathieu Choiniere and Samuel Piette make the cut, as well as St. Louis City’s Kyle Hiebert. Marsch has also included some fringe players from abroad like Luc de Fougerolles, Tom McGill, and CPL export Dominick Zator, who will look to make their case for Copa America in these matches.

Experienced players in Jonathan Osorio and Junior Hoilett will help the new coach in integrate with his squad whilst still giving plenty of time for his younger players.

There were some surprises for names not in the roster as well: Ali Ahmed has been an important cog for the Vancouver Whitecaps this season, and his inspired performances earlier this year had many people expecting his name to be on the call-sheet. Fellow MLS Canucks Joel Waterman and Jaden Russell-Rowe were other names touted to make the cut, as the latter has registered five goals and one assist in 17 matches for Columbus Crew, while the former is a constant presence for Montreal this season.

Overall, it looks like Marsch has done a good job to not rock the ship too much with his selection, though he still teases new energy and direction with these picks. Given his training in the school of Red Bull as well as what he has demonstrated at some of his other clubs, it will interesting to see how much of his prior tactical philosophy he will instill into this national team in comparison to his old club sides. Fans could see a completely new formation under the American’s reign, alongside a new style of football, but that will evidently take time as he looks to settle into this new role.

He will have no greater test to find out the true calibre of this team and how they fare under his lead than these two matches against European heavyweights that are also looking ot warm up ahead of their own continental competition that is scheduled to start later next month.

Canada’s match against the Dutch will kick off on Thursday, June 6th at 2:45PM EST / 11:45AM PT, while the match against France will begin three days later at 3:15OM EST / 12:15PM PT. Both are available to watch on the OneSoccer app and on FuboTV.

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