The Canadian team that will face Belize in their two-legged World Cup qualifier will have just nine MLS players on board.
Coach Benito Floro’s 22-man roster features just nine MLS-signed players. We use the term “MLS-signed” because two of those nine, Montreal Impact keeper Maxime Crepeau and midfielder Kyle Bekker are, for all intents and purposes, reserve players plying their trades in the USL.
And, we’re hard pressed to remember the last time a Canadian national-team roster featured no Toronto FC players. But that’s the case, as neither midfielder Jonathan Osorio nor fullback Ashtone Morgan were named to the roster.
Veteran midfielder Julian de Guzman was injured a couple of weeks back playing for the NASL’s Ottawa Fury and is also omitted from the roster.
Floro has complained about the lack of playing time Canadian players have got from the Canadian MLS teams. So it’s ironic that the two Canadian players who have the most minutes out of this country’s MLS teams — Morgan and Osorio — aren’t on the roster. Meanwhile, two fringe Impact players made the cut, as did the Whitecaps’ Sam Adekugbe and Russell Teibert, neither of whom is starting MLS games at the moment. But, Teibert was named the MVP of the Amway Canadian Championship.
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