Gold Cup 2009: Canada’s roster and first game v. Jamaica

I’m a bit late on this, but that’s not really a problem since most people don’t care about the Gold Cup. So I guess this makes me Don Quixote charging the windmills. Oh, well.

Here’s Canada’s roster:

  • 1. Greg Sutton, goalkeeper (Unattached)
  • 2. Adrian Cann, defence (Esbjerg fB/Denmark)
  • 3. Mike Klukowski, defence/midfielder (Club Brugge KV/Belgium)
  • 4. André Hainault, defence (Houston Dynamo/MLS)
  • 5. Kevin McKenna, defence/midfielder (FC Köln/Germany)
  • 6. Julian de Guzman, midfielder (Deportivo La Coruna/Spain)
  • 7. Paul Stalteri, defence, midfielder (Borussia Mönchengladbach/Germany)
  • 8. Marcel de Jong, midfielder (Roda JC/Netherlands)
  • 9. Ali Gerba, forward (Unattached)
  • 10. Will Johnson, midfielder/forward (Real Salt Lake, MLS)
  • 11. Richard Hastings, defence (Inverness CT/Scotland)
  • 12. Issey Nakjima-Farran, midfielder (FC Nordsjælland/Denmark)
  • 13. Atiba Hutchinson, midfielder (FC København)
  • 14. Dejan Jakovic, defence (DC United/MLS)
  • 15. Josh Simpson, midfielder/forward (FC Kaiserslautern/Germany)
  • 16. Simeon Jackson, forward (Gillingham FC/England)
  • 17. Jaime Peters, defence/midfielder (Ipswich Town FC/England)
  • 18. Joshua Wagenaar, goalkeeper (Yeovil Town FC/England)
  • 19. Kevin Harmse, defence/midfielder (Toronto FC/MLS)
  • 20. Patrice Bernier midfielder (FC Nordsjaelland/Denmark)
  • 21. Chris Pozniak, midfielder (Dundee FC/Scotland)
  • 22. Kenny Stamatopoulos, goalkeeper (FC Lyn Oslo/Norway)
  • 23. Charles Gbeke, forward (Vancouver Whitecaps FC/USL)

I’m very pleased that Will Johnson is on the team. I’m completely and utterly shocked that David Edgar and Asmir Begovic were left off the roster. That pisses me off more than words can express at the moment.

Also, even though Ali Gerba is listed as unattached, he’s actually signed with Toronto FC, but can’t join until 1 July (though, in practice, that means after the Gold Cup).

That said, the match against Jamaica has started well. I’ll give an update when the match is over.

UPDATE – 9:07 PM CST

Ali Gerba celebrates his goal (Lori Shepler/AP)

Ali Gerba celebrates his goal (Lori Shepler/AP)

Canada just defeated Jamaica 1-0 on a goal by Ali Gerba. Canada played rather well, if a bit defensively. Ricardo Gardner was virtually non-existant. The Canadian offense came off of counter-attacks which is how a weaker side needs to work. The move itself, a pass to Gerba’s feet by Mike Klukowski, was good. It seemed to take the Jamaicans by surprise, much like the entire Canadian counter-attack.

Canada faces two tough games versus El Salvador and Costa Rica next. Hopefully, they’ll play as good as they did against Jamaica.

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