Canada Soccer Monday announced its 25-man roster, and as expected, standout Alphonso Davies was left off Canada’s World Cup qualifying squad for the winter window.
Davies, regarded as the Maple Leafs’ best player, was ruled out of the three WCQ matches after Bayern Munich said on Jan. 15 he had shown signs of inflammation of the heart muscle following a bout with COVID-19.
Davies has signs of mild myocarditis.
Canada will face Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Thursday, Jan. 27, the United States in Hamilton, Ontario back on Sunday Jan. 30, and then El Salvador in San Salvador on Wednesday, Feb.
“We look forward to coming home and playing in front of our fans, they have made the difference every time,” Canada head coach John Herdman said in a statement. “This will be a tough window, but we are strong and will embrace the challenges as we continue to take it one match at a time.”
With four wins and four draws in eight matches, Canada (16 points) leads the Concacaf Octagonal with six matches remaining. The top three nations automatically qualify for the Qatar World Cup. The fourth-best nation advances to an intercontinental playoff later this year.
The Canada squad features players from 11 countries, including Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Toronto FC and 2022 Canadian Championship winners CF Montréal. Forward Lucas Cavallini and fullback Cristián Gutiérrez play with Vancouver, midfielder Jonathan Osorio plays with Toronto, while center back Kamal Miller, midfielder Samuel Piette and offseason acquisition fullback Alistair Johnston are from Montréal.
Recent transfers have goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau now at Los Angeles FC in MLS (USA), fullback Richie Laryea at Nottingham Forest FC (England), midfielder Liam Fraser at KMSK Deinze (Belgium), and midfielder Stephen Eustáquio at FC Porto (Portugal). Doneil Henry, recently at Suwon Samsung Bluewings in Korea Republic, is a free agent. Forward Tajon Buchanan recently made his European debut after a 2021 transfer to Club Brugge SV (Belgium).
Alongside Canada players at Vancouver, Toronto, Montréal and Los Angeles, midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye plays at Colorado Rapids. The rest of the Canadian team is based in Europe, including six-time Canada Soccer player of the year Atiba Hutchinson and men’s national team goal-scoring record holder Cyle Larin at Beşiktaş JK (Turkey).
Also in Europe are: goalkeepers Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia) and Jayson Leutwiler (Oldham Athletic, England); center backs Scott Kennedy (SSV Jahn Regensburg, Germany), Derek Cornelius (Panetolikos FC,Greece) and Steven Vitória (Moreirense FC, Portugal); fullback Samuel Adekugbe (Hatayspor FC, Turkey), and forwards Jonathan David (Lille OSC, France), Junior Hoilett (Reading FC, England), Liam Millar (FC Basel, Switzerland) and Iké Ugbo (KRC Genk, Belgium).
GK- Milan Borjan | SRB / FK Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade)
GK- Maxime Crépeau | USA / Los Angeles FC
GK- Jayson Leutwiler | ENG / Oldham Athletic AFC
CB- Derek Cornelius | GRE / Panetolikos FC
CB- Doneil Henry | Unattached / sans club
CB- Scott Kennedy | GER / SSV Jahn Regensburg
CB- Kamal Miller | CAN / CF Montréal
CB- Steven Vitória | POR / Moreirense FC
FB- Samuel Adekugbe | TUR / Hatayspor FC
FB- Cristián Gutierrez | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
FB- Alistair Johnston | CAN / CF Montréal
FB- Richie Laryea | ENG / Nottingham Forest FC
M- Stephen Eustáquio | POR / FC Paços de Ferreira
M- Liam Fraser | BEL / KMSK Deinze
M- Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Beşiktaş JK
M- Mark-Anthony Kaye | USA / Colorado Rapids
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Samuel Piette | CAN / CF Montréal
F- Tajon Buchanan | BEL / Club Brugge KV
F- Lucas Cavallini | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F- Jonathan David | FRA / Lille OSC
F- David Junior Hoilett | ENG / Reading FC
F- Cyle Larin | TUR / Beşiktaş JK
F- Liam Millar | SUI / FC Basel
F- Iké Ugbo | BEL / KRC Genk
Canada | Birthyear | Age | Where they grew up | Active start/first club
Adekugbe, Samuel | 27 | Calgary, AB, CAN | Manchester United Grassroots
Borjan, Milan | 34 | Hamilton, ON, CAN | Radnicki JP
Buchanan, Tajon | 22 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton YSC
Cavallini, Lucas | 29 | Mississauga, ON, CAN | Club Uruguay Toronto
Cornelius, Derek | 24 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax SC
Crépeau, Maxime | 27 | Candiac, QC, CAN | Ligue de soccer pour enfants de Candiac
David, Jonathan | 22 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Gloucester Dragons
Eustáquio, Stephen | 25 | Leamington, ON, CAN | Leamington Minor Soccer (house league)
Fraser, Liam | 23 | Vancouver, BC & Toronto, ON, CAN | Waterloo Ducks
Gutierrez, Cristián | 24 | Santiago, CHI | Escuela CSD Colo-Colo
Henry, Doneil | 28 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton YSC
Hoilett, David Junior | 31 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Mississauga SC
Hutchinson, Atiba | 38 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton YSC
Johnston, Alistair | 23 | Aurora, ON, CAN | Lakeshore SC
Kaye, Mark-Anthony | 27 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Wexford SC
Kennedy, Scott | 24 | Calgary, AB, CAN | Calgary West SC
Larin, Cyle | 26 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton YSC
Laryea, Richie | 27 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Club Uruguay Toronto
Leutwiler, Jayson | 32 | Neuchâtel, SUI | FC Cornaux
Millar, Liam | 22 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton YSC
Miller, Kamal | 24 | Scarborough, ON, CAN | Malvern SC
Osorio, Jonathan | 29 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Toronto Futsal League
Piette, Samuel | 27 | Le Gardeur, QC, CAN | Lionceaux de le Gardeur
Ugbo, Iké | 23 | London, ENG |
Vitória, Steven | 35 | Sudbury & Mississauga, ON, CAN | Sudbury Lions