Coach Stephen Hart named a veteran-laden roster ahead of the Canadian men’s national-team’s Sept. 7 and 11 World Cup qualifiers against Panama.
Midfielder Josh Simpson, who suffered a badly broken leg in the final match of the 2011-2012 Swiss League regular season, is ut While he has got the cast off, he is still nowhere near ready to return to playing national-team soccer. Defender Mike Klukowski, who just moved to Cypriot side APOEL, hasn’t got enough training time and was left off the team. Youngster Samuel Piette isn’t on the team, as he hasn’t got playing time with his new team, Fortuna Dusseldorf. Also out is midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran, who recently moved from Australia’s Brisbane Roar to Cypriot side AEK Larnaca.
But veterans have been called in to replace those players, most notably Patrice Bernier, who has been on absolute tear for the Montreal Impact. With nine goals and eight assists this season, he has asserted himself as not only one of the best players on the Impact, but one of the best midfielders in MLS. Also back in the fold is Toronto FC’s Terry Dunfield and FC Augsburg (Bundesliga, edited) defender Marcel De Jong.
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