Joseph Di Chiara
Joseph Di Chiara thought that he was eventually going to get a call from a Canadian national side — just not the senior national side.
After all, the 19-year-old midfielder is still eligible for the U-23 pool. But he wasn’t part of the squad that failed to make the U-20 World Cup this past year, even though he was eligible. But Di Chiara understood that leaving home to try and make a career for himself in the Russian Premier League had taken him away from the eyes of Canadian soccer fans and scouts. So he’d need to have some success in Russia, then hope for a call down the road.
And the call did come — from national men’s coach Stephen Hart. And Di Chiara, coming off sports hernia surgery, is with the Canadian team as it prepares for Friday’s World Cup qualifier in St. Lucia and then an Oct. 11 home date with Puerto Rico.
“I was surprised to get the call,” said Di Chiara from Canada’s camp on Tuesday, his second full day of training with the national side. “I thought maybe I’d get the call to play for a youth team.”
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