Cyle Larin headlines Canada roster to face USMNT

Cyle Larin headlines Canada roster to face USMNT

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Cyle Larin headlines Canada roster to face USMNT

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Canada is set to bring a roster filled with familiar faces to take on the U.S. Men’s National Team in an upcoming friendly.

MLS Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin, recent Toronto FC signing Will Johnson and all-time caps leader Julian De Guzman headline the 23-man roster selected by Benito Floro to take on the USMNT on Feb. 5 at the StubHub Center. Canada will convene for camp beginning on January 25.

“We need to continue to put forth our best defence, our best attack, and our best set pieces in 2016,” said Floro. “Last year, we scored 18 goals and conceded only six, but we could have scored more through the chances we created. We need to improve our last pass and our shots on target.”

The roster also features four potential debutantes: goalkeepers Tyson Farago and Callum Irving, center back Steven Vitória and midfielder Jamar Dixon. In total, 11 players feature for Canadian clubs.

Here’s a closer look at the Canada roster:

GOALKEEPERS: Maxime Crepeau (Montreal Impact), Tyson Farago (FC Edmonton), Callum Irving (University of Kentucky).

DEFENDERS: Nik Ledgerwood (FC Edmonton), Sam Adekugbe (Vancouver Whitecaps), Doneil Henry (West Ham United), Wandrille Lefevre (Montreal Impact), Steven Vitoria (Benfica), Karl Ouimette (New York Red Bulls), Mallan Roberts (FC Edmonton), Adam Straith, (Fredrikstad FK).

MIDFIELDERS: Julian de Guzman, (Ottawa Fury FC), Iain Hume (unattached), Will Johnson (Toronto FC), Kyle Bekker (Montreal Impact), Jamar Dixon (FF Jaro), Marco Bustos (Vancouver Whitecaps), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Terengganu FA), Kianz Froese (Vancouver Whitecaps), Marcel De Jong (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS: Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Caleb Clarke (unattached), Cyle Larin (Orlando City SC)

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