[GOLD CUP COUNTDOWN]
Interim head coach Colin Miller
named Canada’s 22-man Gold Cup training squad -- one additional
player will be announced by the Thursday deadline -- and there is one notable omission. Dwayne De Rosario
, the 2011 MLS MVP, is not in the squad that includes
eight players who haven't played the Gold Cup or World Cup qualifying.
“My thoughts were to try and find a mixture, a blend of youth and one or two senior players in the
group,” Miller told Canadian reporters. “I’m excited to work with the guys and I can’t wait to get going.”
Miller said he spoke with De Rosario about his
decision to take a younger group.
“It was just a case of numbers with Dwayne," said Miller, "but I saw certainly in the future, you know, Dwayne’s going to be a good age at
that point when the next World Cup qualifying comes around. He was disappointed, as you would imagine, but it was something that I felt in this particular group it was a fantastic opportunity to
talented young players.”
Another omission that may have explained why only 22 players were announced: 20-year-old Lucas Cavallini
down a call-up for “personal reasons" to remain in Uruguay, where he plays.
Canada opens training for the Gold Cup Wednesday in Oxnard, Calif. Canada Roster: Goalkeepers (3):
Milan Borjan (Sivasspor/Turkey), Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga/Norway), Simon Thomas (Vancouver
Whitecaps). Defenders (6):
Nik Ledgerwood (Hammarby/Sweden), Adam Straith (unattached), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Marcel de
Jong (Augsburg/Germany), David Edgar (Burnley/England). Midfielders (9):
Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC), Julian de Guzman (unattached), Issey Nakajima-Farran
(Alki/Cyprus), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Samuel Piette (Fortuna Dusseldorf/Germany), Keven Aleman (Real Valladolid/Spain), Will Johnson (Portland Timbers), Pedro Pacheco (Santa Clara/Portugal),
Russell Teibert (Vancouver Whitecaps). Forwards (4):
Randy Edwini-Bonsu (unattached), Marcus Haber (Stevenage/England), Tosaint Ricketts (Sandnes
Ulf/Norway), Simeon Jackson (unattached).