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U.S. rivals begin final preparations
by Paul Kennedy, March 14th, 2012 11:04PM

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[OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN] Nana Attakora and Marcus Haber, who have played for Canada in World Cup qualifying, head the Canadian under-23 squad Coach Tony Fonseca has taken to Sunrise, Fla., to prepare for the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament. Canada's 23-player squad includes nine players from MLS, four from the NASL and two from the U.S. college ranks. El Salvador's squad includes two U.S.-bred players, former U.S. U-17 Dustin Corea and Richard Menjivar.

El Salvador beat the University of Maryland, 3-1, on Saturday, and will face the Honduras U-23s Saturday in Houston.

Cuba has traveled to Jamaica and Bolivia, where it lost three tune-up games.

CANADA PRELIMINARY ROSTER:
Goalkeepers --
Adam Janssen (Minnesota Stars), Michal Misiewicz (FC Edmonton), Simon Thomas (Huddersfield Town/ENG).
Defenders --
Nana Attakora (San Jose Earthquakes), Drew Beckie (Univ. of Denver), Sherif El-Masri (Courts Young Lions/SIN), Andres Fresenga (Racing Club/URU), Tristan Grant (Nacional/URU), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC),  Matt Stinson (Toronto FC).
Midfielders -- Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps), Kyle Bekker (Boston College), Philippe Davies (free agent), Mozesh Gyorio (Sporting Kansas City), Evan James (Montreal Impact), Samuel Piette (Metz/FRA),  Shaun Saiko (FC Edmonton), Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps).
Forwards --
Lucas Cavallini (Nacional/URU), Marcus Haber (St. Johnstone/SCO), Carl Haworth (Montreal Impact), Kyle Porter (FC Edmonton), Babayele Sodade (Seattle Sounders).

EL SALVADOR PRELIMINARY ROSTE:
Goalkeepers -- Diego Cuellar (Atletico Marte), Jimmy Cuellar (Alianza).
Defenders -- Alexander Vidal (Atletico Marte), Moises Xavier Garcia (Luis Angel Firpo), Alexander Mendoza (Universidad), Francisco Rene Garcia (Atletico Marte), Milton Molina (Metapan).
Midfielders -- Jaime Alas (Luis Angel Firpo), Richard Menjivar (CSU Bakersfield), Darwin Ceren (Juventud Independiente), Elman Rivas (Alianza), Marlon Martinez (Luis Angel Firpo), Herbert Sosa (Alianza), Isidro Gutierrez (Aguila), Andres Flores (Vigorg/DEN), Edwin Sanchez (Metapan), Diego Chavarria (Once Municipal), Jorge Moran (Metapan)
Forwards -- Jonathan Aguila (Aguila), Irvin Valdes (Juventud Independiente), Dustin Corea (Blokhus/DEN), Mark Lester Blanco (Metapan).

CUBA PRELIMINARY ROSTER:
Goalkeepers -- Odisner Cooper, Andy Ramos.
Defenders -- Yoisel Salazar, Jorge Luis Corrales, Felix Guerra, Dayron Blanco, Jose Dayron Macias, Renay Malblanche.
Midfielders --  Carlos Domingo Francisco, Jorge Carlos Farinas, Michael Chang, Adrian Dizpe, Osay Martinez.
Forwards --  Keyler Garcia, Dalain Aira, Eviel Cordoves, Michael Reyes, Arichel Hernandez.



1 comment
  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: March 15, 2012 at 12:04 p.m.
    Wow, good luck to my long distant and several times removed cousin Coach tony Fonseca!!! Nah, seriously, even though we're not related, we are kindred spirits of this the jogo bonito - the beautiful game - I'd like to know how to contact him to talk not only 'bout soccer, but genealogy.... Meanwhile GOOD LUCK!!!


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