Canada has announced a home-heavy squad for the Bahrain friendly ahead of the World Cup

Canada has announced a home-heavy squad for the Bahrain friendly ahead of the World Cup

Canada’s men’s national team has called 21 players to face Bahrain in a friendly match on November 11.

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With 20 of the 21 players based in MLS, the friendly is used to build match fitness for Canada’s off-season players ahead of their Nov. 23 World Cup clash with Belgium.

Squad regulars such as Maxime Cripio, Alastair Johnston, Jonathan Osorio, Samuel Payet and Lucas Cavalli are on the list. Toronto FC defender Lucas McNaughton and CF Montreal midfielder Mathieu Chouinier were also rewarded with their first senior call-ups.

MacNaughton, 27, joined TFC from 2021 Canadian Premier League champions Pacific FC during the previous season. He made 25 appearances for Toronto at center last season, including 20 starts.

The 23-year-old Chevinier had 26 appearances (15 starts) in the midfield with Montreal in 2022. He recorded two goals and one assist.

Fellow Montreal players James Pantemis and Zachary Brault Gillard also returned to the national team. So, too, are TFC’s Jayden Nelson and Ayo Akinola, along with the club’s on-loan winger Jacob Shefelberg, who is currently on loan at Nashville SC. LA Galaxy defender Raheem Edwards returns after missing out against Qatar and Uruguay in the September window.

Liam Fraser is the only European-based player in the squad, joining from the Danes in Belgium’s second division. Fraser has not received a call since the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying March window. He has 14 caps for Canada.

The rest of Canada’s squad will join the pre-World Cup squad after the Bahrain game. The Canadians face Japan in their final matchup before the tournament on Nov. 17.

Full list

GK- Maxime Crépeau USA / Los Angeles FC
GK- James Pantemis | CAN / CF Montreal
GK- Dayne St. Clair | USA / Minnesota United FC
CB- Donnell Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
CB- Lucas McNaughton | CAN / Toronto FC
CB- Kamal Miller | CAN / CF Montreal
CB- Joel Waterman | CAN / CF Montreal
FB- Zachary Brault-Guillard | CAN / CF Montreal
FB- Raheem Edwards | USA / LA Galaxy
FB- Alastair Johnston | CAN / CF Montreal
FB- Richie Laryea | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Mathieu Choinière | CAN / CF Montreal
M- Liam Fraser | BEL / KMSK Deinze
M- Mark Anthony Kay | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Ismail Kuni CAN / CF Montreal
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
m- Samuel Pitt | CAN / CF Montreal
F- Ayo Akinola CAN / Toronto FC
F- Lucas Cavallini | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F-Jayden Nelson | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Jacob Schaffelburg | USA / Nashville SC

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