Finally, the Canada. Or rather, it’s back: Qatar 2022 will be the second time the North American national team will participate in the World Cup, 36 years after Mexico ’86, when the Maple Leaf race was stopped in the first round. But this time it seems to be a different story.
Summoned – Most of the players come from abroad, but there is no shortage of top players from European football as well. In addition to the team’s two superstars, Eustaquio has 19 regular season appearances for Porto, while ’99 Buchanan is establishing himself in Belgium with a Bruges shirt.
Goalkeepers: Milan Borgen (Red Star), James Pantemis (CF Montreal), Dane St. Clair (Minnesota United).
Guardians: Sam Adekukbe (Haddesspor), Derek Cornelius (Panetoligos), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Alistair Johnston (CF Montreal), Richie Lauria (Toronto FC), Kamal Miller (CF Montreal), Steven Vitoria (GT Waterman Chaves), ( CF Montreal).
Midfielders: Stephen Eustaquio (FC Porto), Liam Fraser (KMSK Deense), Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas), Marc-Anthony Kaye (Toronto FC), Ismail Kone (CF Montreal), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Samuel Piett (CF Montreal) , David Worspoon (St Johnstone).
Forward: Tajon Buchanan (Club Brook), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jonathan David (LOSC Lille), Junior Hoilett (Reading FC), Cyle Laurin (Club Brook), Liam Miller (FC Basel), Ike Ugbo (Troys).
Starring: Alphonso Davis – Stars, as we said, two. The team’s star role can only go back to Bayern Munich’s class of 2000. Beacon of Canadian soccer’s new generation: Raised by Vancouver’s Whitecaps, he landed in Germany in 2019 for €10 million. Focus on role: With Nagelsmann covering the left full-back position, he could be the most dangerous fit in the national team. Above all, pay attention to your physical condition: past the heart attack discovered earlier in the year, everything suggested that the trip to Qatar was going downhill. However, in November, he stopped with a muscle injury: coach Herdman called him, but will he do it?
Possible exposure: Jonathan David – More than possible, of course. Indeed, stopping in Canada, David has little to prove. Nine goals in fifteen regular season appearances for Lille, he finished the season with 19 goals last year. Born in 2000, eighteen years old in Europe – Belgium – it is already a valuable piece on the market. He can operate as a first or second striker, even as an attacking winger. And it could be the absolute revelation of the World Championship, for those who don’t know it yet.
Objective: To be amazing – Passing the group is enough for Canada to secure a top finish at the World Cup. As for the competition – Belgium, Morocco, Croatia – it’s by no means obvious, especially if Davies doesn’t recover. If Americans win, they can apply for the role Depressed World Championship Review.
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