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Canada announce preliminary roster
Men's National Team 17 May 2012

Canada has announced its preliminary roster in advance of its 2012 Centennial Match and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers this June. Canadian head coach Stephen Hart has selected 22 players for the 11-day preparatory camp that runs 21-31 May in USA. The team then travels to Toronto for its 100th anniversary match against USA on 3 June at BMO Field.

Canada faces USA at home on 3 June in Toronto in a Centennial Match (a Men's International Friendly), Cuba away on 8 June in Havana in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, and Honduras at home on 12 June in Toronto in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Tickets to Canada's 2012 home matches are available via ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1.855.570.7500, with full information available on CanadaSoccer.com. Group discounts are available via [email protected] or 613.237.7678.

All 22 players selected by head coach Hart have previous experience with Canada's national team, including teenager and rookie midfielder Samuel Piette and second-year fullback Ashtone Morgan. Dwayne De Rosario is the most experienced player in the group, having been part of the national program since 1997 and having already made 66 appearances at the international "A" level. De Rosario is also Canada's all-time co-leader in goals scored with 19.

De Rosario is also Canada's last tie to its 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup victory, while both he and Kevin McKenna were members of Canada's FIFA Confederations Cup team at Korea/Japan 2001. De Rosario and McKenna are both taking part in their fourth cycle of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Also on the squad are Simeon Jackson and Josh Simpson, currently Canada's two active leaders in consecutive matches. Jackson has played in 18 consecutive Canada matches since May 2010 while Simpson has played in 16 consecutive Canada matches since September 2010. They are both joined on the Canadian squad by recent Player of the Month winners Atiba Hutchinson (April) and Olivier Occean (February and March), who in fact followed Jackson (January) on the monthly honour list.

From the goal out, Canada's squad features goalkeepers Milan Borjan, Lars Hirschfeld and Kenny Stamatopoulos, defenders David Edgar, André Hainault, Ante Jazić, Mike Klukowski, Nik Ledgerwood, Kevin McKenna, and Ashtone Morgan, and midfielders/forwards Julian de Guzman, Dwayne De Rosario, Iain Hume, Atiba Hutchinson, Simeon Jackson, Will Johnson, Issey Nakajima-Farran, Olivier Occean, Pedro Pacheco, Samuel Piette, Tosaint Ricketts and Josh Simpson.

For full coverage of Canada's road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, fans can follow all the news at CanadaSoccer.com. Fans are also encouraged to connect with Canada's national teams via twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN, facebook.com/CanadaSoccer, flickr.com/canadasoccer, and youtube.com/CanadaSoccerTV.

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1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
2- D- Nik Ledgerwood | GER / SV Wehen Wiesbaden
3- FB- Mike Klukowski | TUR / Manisaspor
4- CB- Kevin McKenna | GER / FC Köln
5- D - André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo
6- M - Julian de Guzman | CAN / Toronto FC
7- F- Iain Hume | ENG / Preston North End FC
8- M - Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
9- F- Tosaint Ricketts | ROM / FC Politehnica Timişoara
10- F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
11- M- Josh Simpson | SUI / Berner Sport Club Young Boys
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven
14- M - Dwayne De Rosario | USA / D.C. United
15- CB- David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
16- M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
17- F- Olivier Occean | GER / SpVgg Greuther Fürth
18- GK- Milan Borjan | ROM / Vaslui
19- LB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
20- M- Samuel Piette | Unattached / sans club
21- D - Ante Jazić | USA / Chivas USA
22- GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol
23- M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | AUS / Brisbane Roar FC
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Canada announces roster for upcoming Qualifiers
FIFA World Cup 30 August 2012

Canada has announced its roster for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers matches on 7 and 11 September 2012 in Toronto and Panama. Canadian head coach Stephen Hart has selected 21 players to participate in the two-match series against Panama, the third and fourth matches in the six-match CONCACAF 3rd Round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualifiers.

From the goal out, Canada's squad features goalkeepers Milan Borjan, Lars Hirschfeld and Kenny Stamatopoulos, defenders Marcel de Jong, David Edgar, André Hainault, Dejan Jaković, Ante Jazić, Nik Ledgerwood, Kevin McKenna, and Ashtone Morgan, and midfielders/forwards Patrice Bernier, Terry Dunfield, Julian de Guzman, Dwayne De Rosario, Atiba Hutchinson, Simeon Jackson, Will Johnson, Olivier Occean, Pedro Pacheco and Tosaint Ricketts.

On Friday 7 September, the Canada-Panama match kicks off at 19.30 at BMO Field. The match will be broadcast live on Sportsnet One, with a pre-match show starting at 19.00 ET / 16.00 PT. The return match will be played on Tuesday 11 September at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Ciudad Pamama. That match kicks off at 20.00 local (21.00 ET / 18.00 PT), with the broadcast schedule to be announced shortly.

In advance of the match, the Canadian Soccer Association will pay tribute to the Canadian women's national team that won bronze at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. Fans can enter BMO Field via Gate 1 as of 18.00 local for an opportunity to meet the women's team and visit the Canada Soccer Fan Fest. All other gates will be open at 18.30.

Hart's current squad features a mix of footballers attached to clubs in 10 different countries. Three players - Dunfield and Morgan of Toronto FC as well as Bernier of Impact Montréal - play in Canada. Of note, Dunfield, Bernier and Marcel de Jong of FC Augsburg (Germany) have been added to the squad since the last FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in June.

All 21 players have experience in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Only de Jong is making his debut in this cycle for Brazil 2014, having missed the previous series because of an injury. The most experienced players are De Rosario and McKenna, both of whom are participating in their fourth cycle of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers since Korea/Japan 2000.

From the three groups of four teams in the 2012 CONCACAF 3rd Round for 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualifiers, the top-two teams from each group will advance to the 2013 CONCACAF Final Round. All CONCACAF 3rd Round matches are played in June (8 and 12), September (7 and 11) and October (12 and 16). After two matches in June, Canada sits in second place in its four-team group with four points (a win and a draw). Panama is in first place (six points) followed by Canada, Honduras (one point) and Cuba (no points). On the same September dates that Canada faces Panama, Honduras will face Cuba in a home-and-away set.

Tickets to Canada's next two home matches in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are available via ticketmaster.ca or by phone at 1.855.570.7500, with full information available on CanadaSoccer.com. Group discounts are available via [email protected] or 613.237.7678. Following the Friday 7 September match against Panama at BMO Field, Canada's next home match is Friday 12 October against Cuba. Canada's remaining away dates are Tuesday 11 September in Panama and Tuesday 16 October in Honduras.

For full coverage of Canada's road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, fans can follow all the news at CanadaSoccer.com. Fans are also encouraged to connect with Canada's national teams viatwitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN, facebook.com/CanadaSoccer, flickr.com/canadasoccer, and youtube.com/CanadaSoccerTV.

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1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
2- M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
3- FB- Ante Jazić | USA / Chivas USA
4- CB- Kevin McKenna | GER / FC Köln
5- CB- André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo
6- M - Julian de Guzman | USA / FC Dallas
7- M - Terry Dunfield | CAN / Toronto FC
8- M- Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
9- F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
10- F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
11- FB- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
12- CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / D.C. United
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven
14- M/F- Dwayne De Rosario | USA / D.C. United
15- CB- David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
16- M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
17- F- Olivier Occean | GER / Eintracht Frankfurt
18- GK- Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor
19- FB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
20- M - Patrice Bernier | CAN / Impact Montréal
22- GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol

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Stephen Hart, the head coach of Canada's men's national soccer team, joins Prime time Sports to discuss Canada's World Cup qualifier.

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Bottjer on Canada: Hirschfeld the key
Steve Bottjer September 4, 2012

As Canada prepares for two crucial World Cup qualifying fixtures against Panama this month, many supporters are wondering if a team that has looked defensively impenetrable in recent fixtures will also be able to score enough goals to ensure itself a place in the final round of the CONCACAF qualifiers.

In that vein, many have been analyzing the recent performances of Dwayne De Rosario, Olivier Occean, Simeon Jackson, Atiba Hutchinson and Patrice Bernier, and are likely keeping their fingers crossed that they will catch lightning in a bottle at just the right time.

While that necessity isn't at all wishful thinking on the part of supporters, there is another player who will likely be key to Canada's fortunes against Panama: goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld.

Canada has already earned two clean sheets in this qualifying round and that has essentially been achieved as a result of two very strong team defensive performances. The back four, the holding midfielders and the wide attacking players have all played important roles in shutting down the opposition in a very cohesive fashion.

Interestingly, Canada's two goalkeepers -- Hirschfeld and Milan Borjan -- were rarely tested and did not play starring roles in their team's impressive win away in Havana and the scoreless draw at home against Honduras.

That scenario likely will not be repeated against Panama. Manager Julio Dely Valdes's side is arguably the most dynamic offensive team in Canada's group and their recent performances in the qualifiers and at the 2011 Gold Cup suggest a squad that will be tough to shut down. In fact, Canadian coach Stephen Hart has been candid in stating that Panama's Blas Perez and Luis Tejada are two of the better strikers in CONCACAF.

While Panama (54th) currently sits above Canada (79th) in the FIFA rankings, realistically the two sides are fairly evenly matched. And one of the most commonly cited truisms of soccer is that when two evenly matched teams meet in a tournament format or a short run of games, the side with the better goalkeeper is most likely going to come out on the winning side of the equation.

Thus, if you believe that De Rosario, Occean and Kevin McKenna effectively cancel out any advantage that Panama might possess with Perez, Tejada and Felipe Baloy, then it becomes fairly obvious that Hirschfeld is going to have to be a difference maker this time around for Canada.

If you look back to Canada's major success at international level, goalkeeper Craig Forrest was a vital component in the Reds winning the 2000 Gold Cup. It's also interesting to look at Canada's two most recent performances against the United States. Hirschfeld featured in Canada's group stage match against the U.S. at the 2011 Gold Cup and in the centenary match against the Americans this June.

Canada lost 2-0 to the U.S. in 2011, but many people believe that the Canadians were basically equal to their rivals on that day, and that they just came up against an unbeatable Tim Howard.

Fast forward to this past summer and Canada set the stage for their positive start to the current round of World Cup qualifying with an impressive scoreless draw against the U.S. The fundamental play in that result was an absolutely world class save by Hirschfeld that essentially robbed the Americans of a victory.

While Hirschfeld and Borjan have split time in Canada's two previous qualifying matches, it would be a major surprise if the former did not get the starting assignments in the two matches against Panama. That statement is not meant as a slight to the 24 year old Borjan, who is a fantastic young talent and a goalkeeper who has already acquitted himself quite well.

However, Hirschfeld is the more experienced of the two and he is currently in mid-season form due to the fact that he plays his club football in Norway, while Borjan has just completed his pre-season in Turkey.

At 33 years old, Hirschfeld is now in his prime years as a shot stopper. He has been capped 41 times, and like a number of his Canada teammates he brings considerable CONCACAF experience to the table. While he has not always been a number one 'keeper during his professional career, the clubs on his resume are very impressive, with Energie Cottbus, Tottenham Hotspur, Rosenborg and Valerenga being just a few of the places where he has played and developed his skills.

Most importantly, Hirschfeld has shown in the past that he is capable of delivering game changing performances. Following the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament after allowing only four goals in five matches and recording an impressive semifinal performance against the U.S.

If Canada is to be successful in these matches against Panama, Hirschfeld is going to have to be at his very best.

So keep your eyes on how Hutchinson, De Rosario and Occean look early on against Panama on, but also pay special attention to the lanky last line of defence for Canada. If Hirschfeld is at the top of his game, Canada's chances of excelling in World Cup qualifying will be exponentially higher.
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Canada in search of 'mandatory' points against Panama
KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

TORONTO - Canada’s Julian de Guzman didn’t mince words when describing the magnitude of Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against Panama in Toronto.

“This game pretty much decides the rest of the group stage for us,” he said. “It’s mandatory that we get three points.”

After securing four points from its first two matches in June, Canada sits two points behind the Panamanians, who are perfect through two of six third-round CONCACAF qualifiers. Honduras and Cuba round out Canada’s four-team group, with one and no points respectively.

Needing a top-two third-round finish to advance to the region’s final qualifying for the first time since 1998, Canada hosts Panama Friday before playing in Panama four days later. Canada will wrap up third-round qualifying in October with games at home to Cuba and in Honduras.

“(We) have four games (left) and you have to look at it that way,” Canadian head coach Stephen Hart said. “(Friday’s) game at home against arguably the best team in the group is extremely important.”

Especially after missing a massive chance to take a stranglehold on the group earlier this summer.

In a goal-less finish at BMO Field in June, Canada put in a convincing performance against a Honduran side fresh off an appearance at the 2010 World Cup. Canada saw multiple headers go begging in the dying moments before Simeon Jackson squandered a sitter from metres out in second-half stoppage time.

“We know how disappointing it was to lose two points at home to Honduras and we feel like we should have come out with six points from the first two games,” de Guzman said of a result that would have provided Canada some breathing room. “Now we have a lot of work ahead of us and we know the importance of this match.”

A Canadian Soccer Association official told the Sun this week the CSA was close to selling out the lower bowl at BMO Field. With away support always a concern at Canada’s home fixtures, the association expects a pro-Canada crowd and is looking into opening the upper deck if the demand is there.

“It’s one of the biggest games in a long time for Canadian soccer,” Canadian captain Kevin McKenna said. “We know the importance of the game and as long as we keep our organization like we have in the last few games I’m confident we can get a result.”
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Brunt on soccer: Tipping point for Canada
Stephen Brunt September 6, 2012

There's no overstating it.

This is a tipping point for Canadian soccer.

No, the game isn’t going anywhere. In the big picture, it has never been healthier in this country. Participation rates are of course sky high, as has been the case for decades, but so is soccer literacy and soccer passion, compared to ten, twenty, thirty years ago.

More people from diverse backgrounds and different generations are captivated by the sport in all of its forms than ever before. The World Cup, the Euros, the Champions League, the various big foreign leagues, are all devoutly followed – just look at the television ratings – and the three MLS teams are significant parts of the local sporting cultures in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal (though for TFC to remain so, they’d better start giving its loyal supporters something resembling hope). At the Olympic Games in London, the women’s national team, against long odds, became the single dominant story while winning a bronze medal, and Christine Sinclair established herself as a near lock to be named Canada’s athlete of the year.

So there’s your glass more than half full – at least for anyone who remembers how it once was, when soccer was the domain of a small, cultish minority that wasn’t all that interested in winning converts, when the tired, predictable debate about “When is soccer finally going to make it in North America?” was a talk show staple.

Soccer has made it here, and in the United States. It happened.

The difference, though, between the two nations that share this continent, is the World Cup, where the Americans have played host in 1994 – which represented its great sea change – and where they can count on their men’s national team not just to be part of the field, but to be a rising force capable of giving any side a tough game on a given day.

It's a different thing to have a real rooting interest in the biggest sporting event on earth.

Imagine the Olympic Games without Canadian athletes – diverting, entertaining, but how much would you really care?

Imagine the World Cup with a Canadian team, even a no-hoper Canadian team. It was fun in 1986, in a fundamentally different world. How great would it be now?

On Friday night at home at BMO Field against Panama a Canada victory is essential against what has looked like the best side in the group. With brutal road challenges ahead in Panama and Honduras, those three points are effectively make or break in terms of advancing to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying, when six sides will vie for three guaranteed spots in Brazil 2014, along with an added fourth play-in opportunity.

It’s hardly win-and-you’re-in. The road to Rio is still long and circuitous and loaded with potential pitfalls. But it is effectively win and you’re into the final hex, and the fall out even from that achievement could be substantial, because standing on the sidelines now are three players who could have a significant impact on Canada’s soccer destiny. Steven Vitoria is 25, Toronto-born, a central defender with Estoril who is a rising star in the Portuguese league, drawing interest from big clubs in Spain. He played for Portugal in the U-20 World Cup, but hasn't been capped by the Portuguese senior men’s team, and so could still suit up for Canada. The same goes for Jonathan de Guzman, currently on loan to Swansea City, who has played for the Netherlands at the U-21 level, but could still opt for Canada. And David ‘Junior” Hoilett, a winger now with Queen’s Park Rangers in the English premiership, was in the stands at BMO Field when Canada played to a 0-0 draw with Honduras in June, his international future still to be decided.

The problems Canadian soccer has had persuading some of our best talent to suit up for the country are well documented – and patriotism aside, it wasn’t hard to understand the players’ thinking. If you had an option, why sign over your international life to a program that seemed doomed from the start?

But get to the final round of World Cup qualifying, and Vitoria, de Guzman and Hoilett will be presented with an opportunity that hasn’t existed before: a real chance to help lead the country of their birth to the big stage for only the second time in its history.

There’s your potential tipping point. Now all they have to do is win.
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Canada missing Occean for Panama game
John Molinaro September 10, 2012

If Canada is to defeat Panama in Tuesday's World Cup qualifying match, it will have to do it without Olivier Occean.

Occean was in the starting lineup for Canada's 1-0 win over Panama last Friday in Toronto, but the striker did not travel to Panama City for the return match because of a back injury.

Canadian coach Stephen Hart confirmed that Occean returned to Germany where he rejoined his pro club because he was not fit to face the Panamanians.

"He picked up an injury and we thought it was best to send him back to his club. He could not play," Hart told reporters during a Monday afternoon conference call.

Tuesday programming alert: Watch Panama vs. Canada in FIFA World Cup qualifying live on Sportsnet ONE. Coverage starts at 8:30 pm ET with our pre-game show. You can also watch the game nation wide on CITYtv starting at 9 pm ET.

The loss of Occean is a bit of a blow for Canada as the 30-year-old native of Brosard, Que., has six goals in 27 appearances, including netting the lone goal in a 1-0 qualifying win over Cuba in June.

He's also coming off a stellar 2011-12 season in which he finished as the top scorer in Germany's second division with 17 goals and helped Greuther Furth win promotion to the Bundesliga, the German topflight.

Canada will also be missing suspended midfielder Will Johnson, a regular starter for the national team over the past few years.

"We're going to have make some adjustments to the line-up. But we trained today the players know what their roles are. They'll be some slight adjustments," Hart said.

Canada tops Group C with seven points from three games. Panama is second (six points), followed by Honduras (four) and pointless Cuba.

Only the top two nations move on to "The Hex," the final round of the CONCACAF qualifiers where the best three countries in the six-team, round-robin group qualify for the World Cup. Canada has not advanced to "the Hex" since 1998, and even then it finished dead last.

Last week's win has put the Canadian team in pole position to move onto the next round, and another victory Tuesday would surely put them on their way. While the absences of Occean and Johnson might force Hart to alter the formation, he insists Canada won't radically change its tactics.

"I would like us to continue using our ball possession to take away some of their athleticism. Probably try to get up the field a little bit quicker than we would have if we were at home. I don't think you'll see too (many) changes to what we're trying to do," Hart revealed.

With Occean and Johnson unavailable, look for forward Tosaint Ricketts and midfielder Patrice Bernier to start in their place.

Canada enters this game on the back of five consecutive shutouts. While the back four of Andre Hainault, David Edgar, Kevin McKenna and Ante Jazic have been superb, Hart stresses that it was the overall team defending that has allowed Canada to blank their opponents the last five times.

"It's the working relationship with the midfield. The midfielder defended very quickly, very tight, and has forced teams to play faster than they would like," Hart stated.

Hart helped his team's cause by instructing his players to keep a compact shape by clogging the middle and forcing Panama to attack down the wings, something they're not comfortable doing.

"In all our scouting of Panama, they prefer to come through central areas. They're not a team that gets it wide or use their fullbacks in wide positions and try to get round you. They try to go through centrally, so you try to make them something they don't want to do," Hart explained.

While preventing goals hasn't been a problem, scoring them has proven to be a bit of an issue for Canada. The Reds have only two goals in three games this qualifying round, but Hart isn't over concerned by the team's lack of proficiency in front of goal.

"I keep telling the players if they continue to create the chances, just be a little more composed and the goals will come," he said.

Canada arrived in Panama on Sunday and received what Hart described as an "interesting" welcome. Panamanian fans were camped outside the team's hotel, banging drums and letting off fireworks in order to intimidate the Canadian players.

Then after Canada's training session Monday, Hart said several cars drove in front of the team's bus and slammed on the breaks to stop its progress. Panamanian fans also plan to return Tuesday night in greater numbers with more drums and fireworks.

Such tactics are common place for visiting teams in Central America, and Hart even warned his players what to expect before they travelled to Panama. He also maintains that the players are taking it in good humour and won't let it throw them off their game.

"It's nothing that I've never experienced before," Hart insisted. "We're having a laugh about it and not getting worked up."

After Tuesday's game, Canada closes out the group stage with matches in October against Cuba (at home) and Honduras (on the road).

Panama is 50th in the latest FIFA world rankings released last week, 23 spots ahead of Canada.

Also on Tuesday, Honduras hosts Cuba in San Pedro Sula.
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Crap, two huge losses there. Tosaint in for OO means no fixed target presence in the box between the central defenders, and Johnson's work rate cannot be replicated. Bernier may just be the more technically gifted player, but Johnson does the work of two players in the midfield.

Going to be a very, very difficult game. Draw would be fantastic.

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Crap, two huge losses there. Tosaint in for OO means no fixed target presence in the box between the central defenders, and Johnson's work rate cannot be replicated. Bernier may just be the more technically gifted player, but Johnson does the work of two players in the midfield..
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The Canadian Men's Soccer team midfielder, Atiba Hutchinson joined Prime Time Sports to talk about the win over Panama and upcoming second leg against them on Tuesday.

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I am sure McCown was very thrilled to talk soccer
It's just his schtick that he uses to suck in all the soccer zealots. Few know he worked on the old NASLs Fort Lauderdale Strikers broadcasts. He pretends he loathes it and knows nothing but while it's not his favourite sport he certainly doesn't "hate" it. He just likes giving the zealots the business.
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Didn't know he worked on soccer broadcasts (thanks). Otherwise yes for sure that's his promoted persona and how his show is promoted, 'not caring what you think', etc.
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Injured Simpson 'not there yet' to help Canada inch closer to World Cup
Cleve Dheensaw, timescolonist.com September 12, 2012

Reaching next year’s final CONCACAF qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup of men’s soccer seemed so tantalizingly close Tuesday night for Canada, but so frustratingly far Wednesday morning following the key 2-0 loss to Panama

What became evident in the loss is that Canada has little depth and is a different team without the big three of Josh Simpson of Victoria (injured), Will Johnson (suspended) and Dwayne De Rosario (injured early in the game Tuesday).

De Rosario reportedly hurt his MCL and Canadian officials will be praying to have him ready for the final two games of the second-round qualifier Oct. 12 against winless Cuba at BMO Field in Toronto and the crucial Oct. 16 game at Honduras that will likely decide whether Canada advances or again fails to get to the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

There is bad news regarding Simpson, who said Wednesday he definitely won’t be recuperated from the lower-leg break he suffered May 23 in the final game of the season for his Swiss pro club FC Young Boys of Bern.

“I would love to be back for the next two [Canada] games but I am not there yet,” said the 29-year-old midfielder, who has 43 caps and four goals for Canada.

My doctors told me I’ll need 12 months recovery and I’m respecting that time frame. I’m walking without crutches now but not totally pain free. I’m remaining positive about my comeback sometime next year.”

That would make Simpson healthy in time for next year’s final round of CONCACAF qualifying, where the region’s top six teams battle for three berths to the 2014 World Cup. But Canada must get there without him.

“Unfortunately, that wasn’t a good game for us in Panama but let’s look forward and try to give support to the guys,” said the Juan de Fuca and Lower Island Metro soccer graduate.

Before the injury, Simpson, a Belmont Secondary graduate, had appeared in 16 straight games for the national side since September of 2010.
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Hart: Canada won't underestimate Cuba


Canadian National Team Head Coach Stephen Hart announced his roster today for Canada’s two crucial October World Cup qualifying matches against Cuba and Honduras. Overall, Hart elected to make only two changes to the squad that split home and away fixtures against Panama in September, with Iain Hume taking the place of injured forward Dwayne De Rosario and with veteran defender Mike Klukowski coming on board in place of Toronto FC fullback Ashtone Morgan.

Canada’s Roster
1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
2- M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
3- FB- Mike Klukowski | CYP / APOEL
4- CB- Kevin McKenna | GER / FC Köln
5- CB- André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo
6- M - Julian de Guzman | USA / FC Dallas
7- F- Iain Hume | ENG / Doncaster Rovers
8- M- Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
9- F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
10- F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
11- FB- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
12- CB- Dejan Jaković | USA / D.C. United
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven
14- M - Terry Dunfield | CAN / Toronto FC
15- CB- David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
16- M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
17- F- Olivier Occean | GER / Eintracht Frankfurt
18- GK- Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor
19- FB- Ante Jazić | USA / Chivas USA
20- M - Patrice Bernier | CAN / Impact Montréal
22- GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol

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