Yallop Announces Roster For Friendly vs Portugal

Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Men’s World Cup Team head coach Frank Yallop today named his 16-player roster for the upcoming international friendly against Portugal on March 26. The game will be played in Barcelos, a town approximately 50 km north of Porto at 8:30 p.m. local time.



“This is a game that many of us have been eagerly looking forward to for some time,” said Yallop. “You always want to try to play the best countries in the World and to play last year’s finalists from the European Championships in their own country is a great challenge for us.”



Yallop has selected 13 of the 16 players who played in Canada’s 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast on February 9. Joining the team for the first time since World Cup Qualifying are midfielder Julian de Guzman, defender/midfielder Paul Stalteri and forward Tomasz Radzinski.

Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Men’s World Cup Team head coach Frank Yallop today named his 16-player roster for the upcoming international friendly against Portugal on March 26. The game will be played in Barcelos, a town approximately 50 km north of Porto at 8:30 p.m. local time.



“This is a game that many of us have been eagerly looking forward to for some time,” said Yallop. “You always want to try to play the best countries in the World and to play last year’s finalists from the European Championships in their own country is a great challenge for us.”



Yallop has selected 13 of the 16 players who played in Canada’s 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast on February 9. Joining the team for the first time since World Cup Qualifying are midfielder Julian de Guzman, defender/midfielder Paul Stalteri and forward Tomasz Radzinski.



De Guzman is finishing up his season with Hannover 96 before moving to Deportivo La Coruna this summer. Stalteri, who featured regularly in Werder Bremen’s Champions League games this season, has not played for Canada since the first semi-final round game against Guatemala on August 18. Radzinski missed Canada’s final qualifier against Guatemala in November and the Northern Ireland game.



The squad will gather at a hotel outside Faro on Sunday, March 20 and will train there for four days before flying to Porto on March 24. The team will then train in Porto on Friday, March 25 before facing Portugal on Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m.



Canadian Roster For International Friendly vs Portugal



# Name Pos. Club DOB Caps G/S
1 Greg Sutton GK Montreal Impact, USL First Division 4/19/77 2 2
33 Lars Hirschfeld GK Leicester City, League Championship 10/17/78 17 5
4 Kevin McKenna D Hearts, Scottish Premier 1/21/80 26 7
5 Marco Reda D Aalborg, Danish First Division 6/22/77 1 0
6 Julian deGuzman M Hanover 96, German Bundesliga 3/25/81 13 0
7 Paul Stalteri D/M Werder Bremen, German Bundesliga 10/18/77 49 6
8 Daniel Imhof M St. Gallen, Swiss First Division 11/22/77 30 0
9 Tomasz Radzinski F Fulham, English Premier 12/14/73 26 7
10 Patrice Bernier M Tromso, Norwegian Premier 9/23/79 7 0
11 Jim Brennan M Norwich City, English Premier 5/8/77 35 3
12 Mike Klukowski D/M FC Brugge, Belgian First Division 5/27/81 4 0
13 Atiba Hutchinson D/M Helsingborg, Swedish Premier 3/8/83 11 1
14 Dwayne de Rosario M/F San Jose Earthquakes, MLS 5/15/78 28 7
15 Josh Simpson D/M Millwall, League Championship 5/15/83 7 0
16 Olivier Occean F Odd Grenland, Norwegian Premier 10/23/81 8 1
17 Jaime Peters M Ipswich Town, League Championship 5/4/87 6 0



Staff
Les Wilkinson Head of Delegation
Frank Yallop Head Coach
Mark Watson Assistant Coach
Paul Dolan Goalkeeper Coach
Morgan Quarry Team Manager
Victor Mendes Equipment Manager
Dave Foley Physiotherapist
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