Canada name squad for Gold Cup soccer tournament

Mon May 23, 2011 12:30pm EDT
 

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada coach Stephen Hart has named a 23-man squad for next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States.

There were few surprises in Hart's squad, with the bulk of the selected players based overseas and having played in the last Gold Cup.

Canada won the Gold Cup in 2000 and are drawn in Group C for next month's tournament, alongside the U.S, Panama and Guadeloupe.

Canada's first match is against the U.S. in Detroit on June 7. They will also play a pre-tournament friendly against Ecuador on June 1 in Toronto.

Canada squad:

Goalkeepers: Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga), Haidar Al-Shaibani (Olympique Nimes), Milan Borjan (Rad)

Defenders: Nik Ledgerwood (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), Mike Klukowski, Kevin McKenna (Cologne), Andre Hainault (Houston Dynamo), Jaime Peters (Ipswich Town), Dejan Jakovic (DC United).

Midfielders: Marcel de Jong (Augsburg), Simeon Jackson (Norwich City), Tosaint Ricketts, (Politehnica Timisoara), Pedro Pacheco (Santa Clara), Julian de Guzman (Toronto), Terry Dunfield (Vancouver Whitecaps), Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake), Josh Simpson (Vestel Manisaspor), Atiba Hutchinson (PSV Eindhoven), Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault (Preussen Muenster), Issey Nakajima-Farran (Horsens)

Forwards: Rob Friend (Hertha Berlin), Ali Gerba (Montreal Impact), Dwayne De Rosario (New York Red Bulls)

(Editing by Julian Linden)