Canada coach Benito Floro has named his 22-man squad to face the Czech Republic and Slovenia this month. Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter
First up are the Czechs on Nov. 15, followed by the Slovenians on Nov. 19. Both are road games for Canada.
Highlights of the squad include a first call-up for second-year Montreal Impact defender Karl Ouimette, and the return of San Jose Earthquakes center back Nana Attakora, who missed this summer's Gold Cup through injury.
In terms of Canadian MLS clubs, Toronto FC midfielders Kyle Bekker and Jonathan Osorio and defenders Doneil Henry and Ashtone Morgan are included. The Whitecaps' sole representative is winger Russell Teibert, and Ouimette is the only Impact player included.
Three unattached players have also made the cut — Stefan Cebara, Issey Nakajima-Farran and Dwayne De Rosario.
“From here to the first official [qualifying matches], it’s important to focus on our level of play,” Floro said. “It is necessary to pay attention in how we defend and attack so for me the best result is to take it step by step to improve our level.”
GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Valerenga Fotball
GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / A.I.K.
D- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Andre Hainault | GER / VfR Aalen
D- Adam Straith | GER / Wehen Wiesbaden
D- Nana Attakora | USA / San Jose Earthquakes
D- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
D- Karl Ouimette | CAN / Montreal Impact
M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / C.D. Santa Clara
M- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Samuel Piette | GER / Fortuna Dusseldorf
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Stefan Cebara | Unattached / sans club
M/F- Tosaint Ricketts | TUR / Bucaspor
M/F- Simeon Jackson | GER / Eintracht Braunscweig
M/F- Kyle Porter | USA / D.C. United
M/F- Issey Nakajima-Farran | Unattached / sans club
F- Iain Hume | ENG / Preston North End
F- Dwayne De Rosario | Unattached / sans club
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