Canada MNT announces roster for Panama friendly

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Canada’s Men’s National Team is hoping to carry the momentum generated from recent good performances into their final Men’s International Friendly of 2014 as they take on Panama on Tuesday 18 November in Panama City, PAN (kickoff 20.00 ET / 17.00 PT).

Coach Benito Floro has named 23 players to the squad that will start with a camp in Orlando, FL on Sunday 9 November and train there before heading south on Sunday 16 November in advance of the game.

Of note, MLS FC Dallas Tesho Akindele declined an invitation to attend the camp.

“It’s another important game for us because we need to continue improving our tactical play and we are going to play against a very good team that has an experienced coach,” said Floro. “It’s a very good, organized team on the pitch with a good tactical sense both in attack and defence.”

Canada has been gathering steam with a series of good performances as they get set for competitive games that will take place in 2015.

Canada has only lost once in four international friendlies this year. That loss came last month against Colombia, currently the third ranked team in the world. But even in that 1:0 loss, Canada showed a good performance. Canada also has a win and two ties in their three other friendlies this year.

The game at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez proves an opportunity to prepare for the sorts of environment they’ll have to face in FIFA World Cup qualifying.

“We are going to play away in their stadium against another good team but it’s good for us because we need to test our level in these situations,” said Floro.

“We need to focus on continuing improving our pressing and to increase our attack because in the last game (against Colombia), our attack was not as good as we can do.”

Fans can follow the match live on Twitter @CanadaSoccerEN and access the full match report on canadasoccer.com.

CANADA
GK- Milan Borjan | BUL / Ludogorets Razgrad
GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Valerenga
GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK
D- Nana Attakora | USA / DC United
D- David Edgar | ENG / Birmingham City
D- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Nik Ledgerwood | GER / Energie Cottbus
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Karl W. Ouimette | CAN / Impact de Montréal
D- Maxim Tissot | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Bryce Alderson | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Patrice Bernier | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Julian de Guzman | unattached / sans club
M- Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Besiktas
M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Adam Straith | unattached / sans club
M- Daniel Stanese | GER / FC Augsburg II
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F- Dwayne De Rosario | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Marcus Haber | ENG / Crewe Alexandra
F- Tosaint Ricketts | ISR / Hapoel Haifa

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