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Canada Soccer releases 40-man provisional roster ahead of Gold Cup


The timing was impeccable. On the same day that Canadian national-team coach Octavio Zambrano revealed his 40-man provisional roster for the upcoming Gold Cup, came news that Edmonton-raised teenage phenom Alphonso Davies has got the citizenship test out of the way and will have a Canadian passport very soon. And, that means Davies can wear Canadian colours in an upcoming “A” tournament, which means that all of us who were fretting about cap-tying the teen are just a little bit closer to breathing easy.

(Wait, who am I kidding? If you support Canada, you have forgotten how to breathe easy.)

Zambrano will whittle down the 40-man long list to a 23-man roster after Canada plays Curacao on June 13. Canada will open its pre-Gold Cup training camp June 28 in Ottawa.

“There is a motivation that Canadian players must have — the pride and the passion — in wearing the Canadian shirt,” Zambrano was quoted in a Canada Soccer release. “It is not a shirt that can be given to just anyone, it is something that players need to earn and, once they put it on, they need to feel something different.”

For those keeping score, Unattached FC sent just three players to the 40-man roster.


The Montreal Impact placed five players on the roster, including returning veteran Patrice Bernier. The Whitecaps have four, but that shoots to five if you count Sam Adekugbe, on loan top Brighton Hove & Albion. Toronto FC have three on the roster. FC Edmonton has two, and Ottawa Fury failed to get a player onto the 40-man list.

The NASL’s San Francisco Deltas, who have four Canadians on the roster, were also shut out.


GK- Milan Borjan | POL / MKS Korona Kielce
GK- Maxime Crépeau | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
GK- Jayson Leutwiler | ENG / Shrewsbury Town FC
GK- Simon Thomas | NOR / FK Bodø/Glimt
CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / New York Cosmos
CB- Manjrekar James | HUN / Vasas Budapest
CB- Milovan Kapor | Unattached
CB- Wandrille Lefèvre | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
CB- Adam Straith | CAN / FC Edmonton
CB- Steven Vitória | POL / Lechia Gdańsk
FB- Samuel Adekugbe | ENG / Brighton Hove & Albion
FB- Juan Córdova | CHI / CD Huachipato
FB- Marcel de Jong | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
FB- Andrés Fresenga | URU / Cerro Largo FC
FB- Nik Ledgerwood | CAN / FC Edmonton
FB- Tyler Pasher | USA / Sporting Kansas City
M- Fraser Aird | Unattached
M- Tesho Akindele | USA / FC Dallas
M- Scott Arfield | ENG / Burnley FC
M- Kwame Awuah | USA / New York City FC
M – Patrice Bernier | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
M- Marco Bustos | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- David Choinière | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
M- Alphonso Davies | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Raheem Edwards | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Kianz Froese | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
M- Nicolas Galvis | Unattached
M- David Junior Hoilett | WAL / Cardiff City FC
M- Will Johnson | USA / Orlando City SC
M- Mark-Anthony Kaye | USA / Louisville City FC
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Michael Petrasso | ENG / Queens Park Rangers
M- Samuel Piette | ESP / CD Izarra
M- Tosaint Ricketts | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F- Lucas Cavallini | URU / CA Peñarol
F- Marcus Haber | SCO / Dundee FC
F- Anthony Jackson-Hamel | CAN / Impact Montréal
F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Walsall FC
F- Cyle Larin | USA / Orlando City SC

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One Comment

  1. Steven Schmidt

    June 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Any word on Henry, how he’s doing, where he is, is West Ham still Keen on him or will he be out once he’s recovered?

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