- a most unsuccessful Gold Cup campaign
- the hiring of Benito Floro as Canada's full-time national team manager
- Montreal and Vancouver making a run at the MLS playoffs, and Toronto again being dramatically poor
- speculation about naturalization for Whitecaps stand-outs Camilo and Gershon Koffie
So if you must know, I have a job where my holidays fall, without fail, in the summer months (take a guess). I spend much of this time in Canada's wilderness, reading these things on the back porch, or hate-watching the Blue Jays. Blogging is something I do instead of doing actual work when actual work is going full bore.
Anyway, work is starting up in earnest again shortly, conveniently timed to coincide with Floro's first big decisions as national team manager: who to call for a national team camp in Spain which will conclude with a pair of friendlies against Mauritania (population 3.4m, FIFA rank 151).
The camp is slated for September 1st to 11th and is rumoured to include ("more than") 30 players, which seems a lot. On the other hand the two friendlies are scheduled on the 8th and 10th, so it is likely that, with the short rest, Floro might trot out two separate squads for the two matches.
Despite the fact that September 1st is a mere 10 days away (and don't I know it), no names have trickled out, although an intrepid Voyageur found the following ambiguous quote from Lewes FC manager Garry Wilson:
Of Jon Dollery, Bloor, said: “He’s going with Canada Under 21s so he’s just around for the time being. We’ll talk to him in the middle of September when he gets back.”
You can be forgiven for never having heard of Dollery, Lewes FC, or manager Garry Wilson, or especially a Canada U21 side, since such a team has, to my knowledge, never been assembled. On the other hand, if Dollery has been selected for a Canada camp (he plays with Lewes in the English 7th tier), Floro could well be calling up nearly every Euro-based player with a Canada passport.
Speaking of passports, the Vancouver Province's Marc Weber reports that Floro, along with CSA boss Victor Montagliani, hopes to take another crack at bringing erstwhile Canadians David Hoilett and Steven Vitoria back into the fold, in addition to making longer-term plays for Koffie and Camilo.
As per usual, if any squad selections emerge from other sources before the full roster is announced, I will keep track of these below. For now, the word on Dollery is too uncertain to include.
|M||Russell Teibert||Vancouver Whitecaps||20||4||0||source|
|D||Andres Fresenga||Racing Club de Montevideo||20||0||0||source|