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Canada 0-2 Peru, Sept. 4 and Canada 2-1 Honduras, Sept. 7

The opponent for the Men's NT friendly in Toronto on September 4 has been announced: Peru.

Canada last played Peru 22 years ago in Lima. Canada won 3-1.

Guess who was in goal for Canada?

Pat Onstad.

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August 27: I've amended the thread title to cover both the Peru and Honduras matches, since they will be played so close together, with the same roster of players for Canada.

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Canada announces roster for home matches

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Canada announces roster for home matches
26 August 2010

Coach Stephen Hart has announced his roster for the upcoming Men's International Friendly series against Peru and Honduras in Toronto and Montréal. Coach Hart has selected 20 players for the two-match series, with the team scheduled to meet this coming week in Alliston, ON. Canada plays Peru on 4 September at BMO Field in Toronto and Honduras on 7 September at Stade Saputo in Montréal.

Tickets to both matches are currently on sale to the public. Tickets to the Canada-Peru match at BMO Field are available via Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.ca / 416.872.5000) while tickets to the Canada-Honduras match at Stade Saputo are available via Admission (ADMISSION.com / 514.790.1245 and 1.800.361.4595).

Canada's national roster features a mix of veterans and young players that are progressively making their way into the national program. Paul Stalteri is the most experienced player on the roster, having made 81 appearances for his country - one less than the national record held by Randy Samuel. Stalteri is also the oldest player on the roster, although he is only 32 years old.

Centre back Adam Straith is the youngest player on the squad at just 19 years of age. Straith is one of several new young players that joined the national team this season. Also new to the national squad this season are centre back Nana Attakora (21 years), goalkeeper Haidar Al-Shaïbani (26) and midfielder Gianluca Zavarise (24).

So far this season, coach Stephen Hart has seen 43 different players in his national camps. Four players are taking part in their first camp of the 2010 season: Patrice Bernier, Iain Hume, Atiba Hutchinson and Kevin McKenna. Three of those players were part of Canada's 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup team, with only Hume missing the biennial continental championship for injury reasons. Hart's roster for the pair of home Men's International Friendly matches features 12 players from last year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Finally, several players have joined new clubs since coach Hart last saw them. Marcel de Jong now plays for FC Augsburg in Germany, Rob Friend now plays for Hertha BSC in Germany, Lars Hirschfeld now plays for Vålerenga Fotball in Norway, Hutchinson now plays for PSV Eindhoven in Netherlands, Simeon Jackson now plays for Norwich City FC in England, and Zavarise now plays for Iraklis FC in Greece.

Canada's professional players will group in Alliston, ON next week in advance of the two Men's International Friendly matches. Fifteen players are arriving from Europe while five players are arriving from Major League Soccer, including three from Canada's Toronto FC (Attakora, Julian de Guzman and Dwayne De Rosario).

Both matches will be broadcast live on Rogers Sportsnet (all regions), with the 4 September match kicking off at 17.30 ET / 14.30 PT and the 7 September match kicking off at 19.30 ET / 16.30 PT.

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1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
2- D- Nana Attakora-Gyan | CAN / Toronto FC
3- D/M- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
4- D- Dejan Jakovic | USA / DC United
5- F- Kevin McKenna | GER / FC Köln
6- M- Julian de Guzman | CAN / Toronto FC
7- D- Paul Stalteri | GER / Borussia Monchengladbach
8- M- Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
9- F- Rob Friend | GER / Hertha BSC
10- F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
11- M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | DEN / AC Horsens
12- D/M- Jaime Peters | ENG / Ipswich Town FC
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven
14- M/F- Dwayne De Rosario | CAN / Toronto FC
15- M- Josh Simpson | TUR / Vestel Manisaspor
16- M- Gianluca Zavarise | GRE / Iraklis FC
17- M/F- Iain Hume | ENG / Barnsley FC
18- D- Adam Straith | GER / Energie Cottbus
20- M- Patrice Bernier | DEN / FC Nordsjælland
22- GK- Haidar Al-Shaïbani | FRA / Nîmes Olympique

Head of Delegation: Ron Smale
Head Coach: Stephen Hart
Assistant Coach: Tony Fonseca
Goalkeeper Coach: Paul Dolan
Video Coordinator: Victor Mendes
Team Manager: Morgan Quarry
Equipment Manager: Mike Moretto
Equipment Assistant: Ryan Bedic
Doctor: Dr. Mike Campbell
Physiotherapist: Ted Tilbury
Physiotherapist: Dave Foley
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Canada names squad for soccer friendlies
John F. Molinaro CBC Sports August 26, 2010

National soccer team coach Stephen Hart has included three Toronto FC starters in his 20-man roster for Canada's upcoming pair of international friendlies.

Hart released the roster list Thursday, with defender Nana Attakora, midfielder Julian de Guzman and forward Dwayne De Rosario selected to play for Canada against Peru on Sept. 4 in Toronto and against Honduras three days later in Montreal.

The timing of the international friendlies couldn't come at a worse time for the Major League Soccer club, who is involved in a tight battle to claim a playoff spot.

Toronto FC visits FC Dallas on the same day as the Peru game and is also in action on the road against the Chicago Fire the day after the Honduras match.

The Reds have failed to impress away from home this season — with just one win in nine matches — and the absence of Attakora, de Guzman and De Rosario for these crucial pair of road games could have a detrimental effect on the club's playoff chances.

Hart hinted that he might use the trio sparingly, if at all, for the Honduras game so they will be rested and ready for the team's visit to Chicago.

"We still have some things to work out with the club and, more than likely, we will see how we can help out each other with this," Hart told reporters during a conference call.

Hands-off approach with Cann

Hart took a hands-off approach with defender Adrian Cann, who is having a solid debut season with Toronto FC.

"I didn't want to go in there in the middle of a season where MLS does not [take a break] for international games ... and ask TFC for [another player]," Hart admitted.

The Canadian coach also said several European clubs have asked him to limit their players' time on the field during the two exhibition games.

Hart revealed he had discussions with two players, winger David Hoilett (Jamaica) and forward Teal Bunbury (the United States), who are eligible to play for other countries, about participating in these games.

Hart said Hoilett is "not ready yet to commit to Canada" because he's first "trying to establish himself at [English club] Blackburn."

The same situation is preventing Bunbury, who plays with the Kansas City Wizards in MLS, from formally pledging his international allegiance.

"He explained that he just broke into the team," Hart said. "He'd like to try to establish himself so he can play more consistently and gain more experience."

Straith youngest on squad

At age 19, Energie Cottbus defender Adam Straith, who has two caps to his credit, is the youngest player on the squad. Hart explained it's part of his plan to try to give Canadian youngsters as many opportunities as possible so they can gain more international experience.

A 5-0 exhibition loss to Argentina in Buenos Aires back in May underscored Canada's depth problem.

"It's essential that we create some depth," Hart stated. "If you look at the Argentina game, it was very hard to put a squad together and quite frankly in a lot of positions we simply didn't have the necessary depth.

"Going into the qualifications for [the 2014 World Cup] I want to be sure in my mind, and all of the players are aware of positionally, what is required and what we're trying to do and how they fit into the squad."

Fellow defender Paul Stalteri, 32, is the most experienced player on the roster. Stalteri, who also pays in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach, has earned 81 appearances for Canada — one shy of the national team record held by Randy Samuel.

Canada is No. 101 in the FIFA world rankings. Peru is 39th, while Honduras is 46th. The Canadian team's only previous meeting against Peru came on March 26, 1988, when it won 3-1 in Lima.

Canada last faced Honduras at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, losing 1-0 in the quarter-finals. The Hondurans also defeated Canada twice, including once in Montreal, in the qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup.

The Canadian team's next friendly is scheduled for Oct. 18 against Ukraine in Kiev.
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Never heard of Gianluca Zavarise or Haidar Al-Shaïbani, but the rest of the team looks quite good. Competitive side.

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Maybe Hirschfeld ought to have stayed at RBK.

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Never heard of Gianluca Zavarise or Haidar Al-Shaïbani, but the rest of the team looks quite good. Competitive side.
Zavarise had been kicking around lower level Italy and the Bochum reserves before recently signing with Iraklis. Looks like Hart wants another look at him after the last set of friendlies.

Al-Shaïbani is a good story as he left CIS' Western to trial with Ligue 2 Nimes and made the club. He was the starter at the end of last year but has not been the regular starter so far this year. He has a good presence about him in the net and I would like to see more of him.

As for the previous post why should Lars have stayed at RBK. He had a big money offer to play in Romania and then had a great opportunity to play for Cottbus that unfortunately didn't pan out (he didn't become the regular starter as was forecast). He is the starter at Valerenga.

Really the only change I would have liked to have seen would have been Occean instead of Hume. Hume is rumoured to be on the move and has not been performing well which is understandable after suffering a near career/life threatening injury.

Occean has been burning up the German 3.Liga for league leading Kickers Offenbach. His own coach has come out and stated he's too good to be playing in 3.Liga. Edit: OO scores two today...six games six goals

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Little-known 'keeper to suit up for Canada
LORI EWING September 03, 2010

TORONTO - Scour the Canadian Soccer Association's media guide and you won't find a mention of Haidar Al-Shaibani.

The 26-year-old 'keeper, who was born in Algeria to an Iraqi father and Ukrainian mom, only made his national debut in May after flying under the Canadian team radar.

He'll suit up Saturday when Canada hosts Peru in a friendly at BMO Field (Rogers Sportsnet, 5:30 p.m. ET), and owes his spot on the squad, says coach Stephen Hart, to a better job the CSA is doing of beating the bushes abroad for players.

"We're searching high and low for players every time we go somewhere, or we hear something," Hart told a news conference Thursday. "We're trying to convince some of those who haven't committed yet, we're on a little mission here and you could be part of this."

Al-Shaibani, who has one cap for Canada — he played 21 minutes in the team's 5-0 loss to Argentina in a friendly in May — plays for Olympique Nimes in France, making six appearances for the Ligue 2 team last season.

He played for the University of Western Ontario, plus London City and the North York Astros of the Canadian Soccer League, and then headed overseas at the age of 24, having never stopped a shot in a national team youth program.

Al-Shaibani isn't taking this opportunity lightly.

"My job here is to challenge for the No. 1 spot," he said. "After that it's all in the hands of the coaches to decide, it's not up to me."

The six-foot player has never been anything but a 'keeper, caught up in the diving-save drama of that particular position as a six-year-old watching the 1990 World Cup.

"Every since that World Cup, I've been amazed by the goalkeepers," Al-Shaibani said. "After every game I would always take the ball and practise, whatever I saw the goalkeepers do, I would mimic them.

"Just the way they dive and save the ball, that last man that can make amazing saves, the responsibility of it," he added, noting he's always had a keen interest in former German star Oliver Kahn. "It may be a lot of pressure for some people to handle but if you have the mentality for it, it's not a problem."

Al-Shaibani played "street soccer" in Algeria before the family moved to Canada in 1998. His mom Ludmila and dad Nazar, both university professors in Algeria who own a variety store in London, wanted a better education for Haidar and his sister.

"When you live in a Third World country, it's difficult, it's not an easy feat to do," Al-Shaibani said. "Once you come to a developed country, you understand where you're coming from and you understand hardship and you understand what you have to do to succeed. That's what drives you."

Lars Hirschfeld is expected to start Saturday in net, a position that's in a state of flux in Canada — 42-year-old Pat Onstad is nearing retirement while Josh Wagenaar is currently without a pro team and Greg Sutton has played just one game this season for the New York Red Bulls.

So Hart says he's keeping his eyes open for new goalkeepers.

"You try to look at them in training and give players a game and see how they perform," the coach said. "But it's definitely one of those positions that I'm going to continue to bring in different pairings and get an opportunity to see them.

"The depth is not what it should be, if you consider the history of Canadian goalkeeping," Hart added. "But we're going to work towards that and hopefully we're going to get it right."

The coach likes what he's seen from Al-Shaibani thus far.

"He's very athletic, he has good feet when the ball's played back to him. His quality seems to be a lot of shot-stopping, but he needs to play more consistently, he's in and out of the squad," Hart said. "Goalkeepers are a breed that starts to mature much later, so he has time."

Canada hasn't been helped by the decision of eligible 'keepers to play for other countries. Asmir Begovic, a former Canadian under-20 player, is now playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is with England's Stoke City.

Daniel Fernandes, another Canadian under-20 player who's with Panathinaikos in Greece, was the third-string goalie for Portugal at the World Cup this past summer in South Africa.
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Going with three friends to the game today!

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Canada actually did decent in the 1st half but in the 2nd Peru showed why they are 60 or so spots ahead of Canada on the FIFA rankings.

So much for that big turnout and "new energy" Joe, dissapointing crowd.

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"Saturday’s match against Peru at BMO Field offered, if nothing else, an early reality check and a reminder of just how deep the pool of international soccer goes. There was the 2-0 scoreline in favour of Peru, a team going through retooling of its own after finishing 10th and last in their 2010 World Cup qualifying zone of South America, with a new coach just six weeks on the job. There was Newmarket’s Marcel De Jong, facing up to the dangerous, deep raids of Peruvian right back Roberto Guizasola, then going for X-rays with a suspected broken shoulder when he was tossed off the ball just 30 minutes in. There was a crowd of 10,619, a Mission 2014 banner and the Red Patch Boys and North End Elite regulars cheering them on — outsung, in the end, by the boisterous supporters of the visitors, although the decibel count was much closer than the margin on the pitch."
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Absolutely brutal, can't even shut down Peru at home???

North Korea can shut down Brazil, but Canada can't hold down the infamous Peruvian attack???

Its management, the whole system in Canada needs to be revamped.
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I left in the 80th minute with ten to go.

Boring as complete ****.

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Canadasoccer.com says:

Canada closed out a two-match international homestand with a 2:1 victory over Honduras on Tuesday night in Montréal. The victory was played in front of 7,525 fans at Stade Saputo - the largest crowd for a Men's International Friendly match in Montréal....

Canada lost 0:2 to Peru in Toronto on 4 September. Canada's next match on the FIFA International schedule is 8 October against Ukraine in Kyev [actually spelled Kiev in English, folks].

At BMO Field in Toronto, there were 10,619 fans on Saturday 4 September, the highest total for a Men's International Friendly match in Canada in 13 years (incidentally, the highest since Paul Stalteri's debut back on 17 August 1997). In fact, the Toronto 4 September attendance was greater than 16 of the 22 European Qualification attendances one night earlier on 3 September.

From a historical perspective, since 2008, Canada's average attendance for six home men's matches (Qualifier and Friendly matches) is 13,017. By comparison, its average attendance in 14 previous home men's matches from 2000 to 2007 was 8,199. This reflects more than a 50% increase in average attendance for Canadian home matches.

"There is a desire for Canada to do everything it can to reach the FIFA World Cup™," said national head coach Stephen Hart. [Did he actually say "™"?] "We have asked the Association to provide us with these matches and they have put their best foot forward. The fans now have to do their part to support us to get there."

This summer, an Ipsos Reid study found that 78% of Canadians felt that it is important for Canada to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. Further to this, the poll found that 86% of Canadians - regardless of their family heritage - would cheer for Canada first.

The next round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers™ is expected to begin in 2012. Before that, there is the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup which runs 5-25 June 2011. The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup serves as the qualification route for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013.

Coach Hart hopes to line up as many matches as possible on the available FIFA International Dates. He would also like to continue to play against high-quality teams that will provide a test for the Canadian team before the competitive matches start to count in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Already this year, Canada has played against three South American nations - Peru, Venezuela and two-time FIFA World Cup™ champion Argentina. The team has also played two CONCACAF nations: Jamaica and 2010 FIFA World Cup™ participant Honduras.

Canada's national team features elite athletes from professional clubs in North America and Europe. This season, coach Hart has featured 43 different players in his first year en route to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Coach Hart hopes to rely on two to three players per position and that each of his players are playing on a regular basis with their professional clubs.
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Canada moves up to seventh in CONCACAF ranking

Canada has moved up to seventh amongst CONCACAF nations on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Canada played two Men’s International Friendly matches on the recent FIFA International Dates, posting an 0:1 loss to South America’s Peru on 4 September and a 2:1 victory over North America’s Honduras on 7 September. Canada gained 73 points and jumped 13 places on the world ranking (two places within CONCACAF).

http://www.canadasoccer.com/tourney/...C/national.asp

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