OTTAWA, Canada – This Tuesday, Canada Men’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman announced the 23-man roster for the Tuesday, October 16 match versus Dominica at BMO Field in Toronto.
Canada will face the Caribbean nation as part of Matchday 2 of 2019/20 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying. Last month the Canadians emerged victorious 8-0 in their CNL opener against the United States Virgin Islands in Bradenton, Florida.
Currently fourth in the 34-team table, Canada hope to edge closer to a top 10 finish and a berth in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup with a victory versus Dominica.
“We want to be in that top-6 of qualifying to get into Group A of Concacaf Nations League, so we won’t be putting any result at risk and we won’t be taking anything for granted,” said Herdman via a Canada Soccer statement.
“We will be working harder than any other team to make sure that, when we get to Toronto for the 16 October match, those fans will get another positive performance from our players,” added Herdman.
Herdman will once again be leaning on a squad that had plenty of budding young talent, including teenagers Alphonso Davies of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Jonathan David of KAA Gent, Liam Miller of Liverpool FC and Ballou Tabla of Barcelona B.
Last week the Ivory Coast-born Tabla officially declared his intention to play at international level with Canada, and will hope to make his senior team debut against the islanders.
Tabla was Canada Soocer’s Under-17 Player of the Year in 2014 and Under-20 Player of the Year in 2016 and also won a UEFA Youth League Title with FC Barcelona’s Under-19 team.