Canada will be without talismanic captain Atiba Hutchinson for World Cup warm-ups against Qatar and Uruguay later this month.
The bone injury is the 39-year-old Besiktas midfielder, Canada’s all-time men’s cap leader with 97. Hopefully it will be ready by the end of October.
Toronto FC defender Donnell Henry (lower body) and Scottish St Johnstone FC midfielder David Wotherspoon (knee) are also injured.
CF Montreal defender Joel Waterman and Blackpool FC forward Theo Corbiano earned their first senior year. RCD Espanyol de Barcelona’s young winger Luca Collosho is the youngest player in the 18-year-old squad. He earned his first Canadian senior year in June but has yet to see action.
Canada, ranked 43rd in the world, will play No. 48 Qatar in Vienna on Sept. 23 and No. 13 Uruguay in Bratislava, Slovakia on Sept. 27, in FIFA’s final international window before the World Cup. is faced in
The Canadians will play a final warm-up game against 24th-ranked Japan at Dubai’s Al Maktoum Stadium on November 17, before the World Cup begins on November 20.
Canada opens Group F against No. 2 Belgium on Nov. 23, No. 15 Croatia on Nov. 27, and No. 23 Morocco on Dec. 1.
“With our first trip outside of CONCACAF and the first games against non-CONCACAF nations since the tour started back in 2018, we will learn a lot in these moments,” Herdmann said in a statement. “Both opponents present different kinds of tests. The quality of Uruguay we will see and feel first hand the intensity of the next level opponent.”
Red Star Belgrade goalkeeper Milan Borjan is the most experienced international player in September’s 27-man squad with 65 caps.
The list also includes Alphonso Davis, Jonathan David, Stephen Eustaquio, Tajon Buchanan and Ciel Lauren.
Other goalkeepers are Maxime Cripio and Dane St. Clair, two of 11 MLS players on the list.
MLS talent includes defender Kamal Miller, fullback Alastair Johnston and midfielders Samuel Payet and Ismael Kon from CF Montreal, fullback Richie Laria and midfielders Marc-Anthony Kaye and Jonathan Osorio from Toronto FC, O Crepio and forwards from Vitka Vitka. Includes Lucas Cavallini.
Forward Liam Miller returns to the lineup after missing Canada’s final camp in June with a broken hand.
Canada’s men are 5-3-0 so far this year, with their last game coming on June 13 in a 2-1 loss to Honduras after World Cup qualification was secured.
Canada defeated Uruguay 3–1 in their only previous meeting in February 1986 at the Orange Bowl in Miami during warm-ups for the 1986 World Cup. The Canadians last faced a South American foe in October 2014, losing 1-0 to Colombia.
The Canadians have never faced Qatar, the reigning AFC Asian Cup champions, and haven’t played an Asian rival since November 2016, when they were beaten 2-0 by South Korea.
Japan had won both previous meetings with Canada, 2-1 in Doha in 2013 and 3-0 in Niigata during the 2001 Confederations Cup.
At 8-4-2, Canada finished atop the standings in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, booking a ticket to soccer’s showpiece for the first time since 1986. Canada’s record in three qualifying rounds was 14-4-2.
Also on Friday, Canadian-born Daniel Jebison was named in England’s Under-20 squad for games against Chile, Morocco and Australia. The 18-year-old Sheffield United forward is the youngest of three brothers (along with Micah and Jonathan) who came up through the ANB Soccer Academy in King City, Ont. Before the family moved to Milton, Ont., England. A boys’ soccer dream.
Daniel previously played for the England Under-18 and Under-19 teams.
Canada list for future friends
Goalkeeper: Milan Borjan, Red Star Belgrade (Serbia); Maxime Crepeau, Los Angeles FC (MLS); Dayne St. Clair, Minnesota United (MLS).
Defenders: Samuel Adekogbe, Hatayspor FC (Turkey); Derrick Cornelis, Penitolikos FC (Greece); Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich (Germany); Alastair Johnston, CF Montreal (MLS); Scott Kennedy, SSV Jan Regensburg (Germany); Richie Laryea, Toronto FC (MLS); Kamal Miller, CF Montreal (MLS); Steven Vitoria, JD Chavez (Portugal); Joel Waterman, CF Montreal (MLS).
Intermediate players: Stefan Eustaquio, FC Porto (Portugal); Mark Anthony Kaye, Toronto FC (MLS); Ismail Kon, CF Montreal; Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC (MLS); Samuel Payet, CF Montreal (MLS).
next to Charles-Andreas Brem, FC Eindhoven (Netherlands); Tajon Buchanan, Club Brugge KV (Belgium); Lucas Cavolini, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Theo Corbeanu, Blackpool FC (England); Jonathan David, Lille OSC (France); David (Junior) Howlett, Reading FC (England); Luca Coloso, RCD Espanyol (Spain); Ciel Lauren, Club Brugge (Belgium); Liam Miller, FC Basel (Switzerland); Ike Ugbo, ES Troyes AC (France).