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Froese’s name the highlight of Canada’s roster for ASG Cup


Canadian soccer fans have regularly been crushed by news of someone who decided against playing for this country — and choosing to take their national-team allegiance elsewhere. Teal Bunbury. Owen Hargreaves. Jacob Lensky. Asmir Begovic.

Well, the tables may have turned this time.

Flashing like a neon sign in the Canadian U-17 roster that was announced for the upcoming ASG Cup was the addition of Kianz Gonzales-Froese. This will mark the second tournament in a row that the teen has elected to represent Canada over his native Cuba.

The Vancouver Whitecaps Residency midfielder had previously represented Cuba — as recently as last year’s CONCACAF U-17 Championships. Froese was born in Havana, but grew up in Manitoba.

Froese-Gonzales was named to the Canadian roster for April’s Torneo della Nazioni. So the ASG Cup tournament isn’t the first time he’ll appear in a Canadian shirt. But, now appearing in two tourneys in a row, it looks like the teen has turned his back on Cuba and is focused on the Canadian program.

Along with former U-17 national teamer Sadi Jalali, Froese-Gonzalez trained with FC Edmonton last winter, as both prepared to move to Germany — Jalali to Kaiserslautern and Froese to Mainz. At that time, both pledged their North American futures to the Eddies. If they didn’t stick in Europe, they would play for Edmonton.

But Jalali returned to play for the Whitecaps, and Froese-Gonzalez is also now listed as Whitecaps’ property. With the Jalali situation, the Eddies admitted that they got a verbal promise from the agent, but there was no signature from Jalali or his parents on the deal to bring him back to Edmonton.

The ASG Cup runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13 in Spain. Canada will face Morocco, Mexico and Russia in the group stage.

GK- Marco Carducci | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
GK- Daniel Milton | CAN / Ajax FC
CB- Alex Comsia | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
CB- Elias Roubos | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Kevon Black | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Aron Mkungilwa | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
FB/CB- Ian Fernandes | CAN / West Rouge SC
D- Samuel Vinson |
M- Mikaël Cantave | FRA / FC Nantes
M- Paco Deckers |
M- Kianz Gonzales-Froese | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Jordan Haynes | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Derick Sequeira | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Hayden Simmonds-O’Grady | CAN / Capital United
CM/F- Marco Bustos | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M/F- Hanson Boakai | CAN / FC Edmonton Reserve
F- Matthew Chow | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Jordan Hamilton | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- El Mehdi Ibn Brahim | CAN / Braves d’Ahuntsic
F/W- Andrew Gordon | CAN / Hearts Azzuri

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One Comment

  1. Mike

    September 29, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I had the pleasure of seeing Kianz Gonzalez-Froese and Marco Bustos play for some of the youth teams here in Winnipeg. It was obvious that they had a gift with the ball back then and you could see how much they loved playing this sport. It’s great to see that they are both taking their careers to higher levels. MG in the ‘Peg.

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