translation: everything I know, I learned from google.
I think there's a metaphor to be had about my increasing levels of CanMNT nerdiness and shrinking icebergs floundering in the middle of nowhere. Without further ado, I present google images picspam of the CanMNT Gold Cup roster, also known as that team that is playing the USMNT tomorrow. Naming all the players so that way you don't have to say, "that guy with crazy hair" to describe Julian de Guzman.
1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
18- GK- Milan Borjan | SRB / FK Rad
Borjan seems to have become a recent fan favourite when he revealed why he decided to play for Canada when he could've played for Serbia.
22- GK- Haidar Al-Shaïbani | FRA / Nîmes Olympique
Am not sure if he actually exists since 80% of all the pictures I found were of DeRo :/
2- D/M- Nik Ledgerwood | GER / SV Wehen Wiesbaden
3- D/M- Mike Klukowski | TUR / Manisaspor
Well, every Canadian team needs someone to rock a mullet!
4- CB- Kevin McKenna | GER / FC Köln
5- CB- André Hainault | USA / Houston Dynamo
15- D- Dejan Jakovic | USA / DC United; out with injury, David Edgars has been called up as an emergency back up.
20- D- Jaime Peters | ENG / Ipswich Town FC
6- M- Julian de Guzman | CAN / Toronto FC
7- M- Terry Dunfield | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
8- M- Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
11- M- Josh Simpson | TUR / Vestel Manisaspor
12- M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / CD Santa Clara
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | NED / PSV Eindhoven
19- M- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
21- M- Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault | GER / SC Preußen Münster
23- M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | DEN / AC Horsens
9- F- Rob Friend | GER / Hertha BSC
10- F- Ali Gerba | CAN / Impact Montréal
14- F- Dwayne De Rosario | USA / New York Red Bulls
16- M/F- Tosaint Ricketts | ROM / FC Politehnica Timiþoara
17- M- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
Promotion maker + Ultimate home maker = ~ * magical * ~
Okay, so now you can link faces to names, here are some links of interest if you want to get to know them a bit more:
Long Balls - A Canadian Soccer News feature that provides a weekly insight to how CanMNT players are doing overseas. Similar to Across the Pond by Red Nation Online.
Speaking of RNO, they have some excellent Gold Cup coverage, check out their pre-Gold Cup interviews.
Scouting tactics? RNO also has an interesting article on Coach Stephen Hart's possible formations. If you don't feel like reading, TheScore.com's Formation Geek and Stephen Hart
Canada usually does quite well in the Gold Cup, hell we even won it once against all odds.
If you want to see more pictures of our national teams, check out the CSA's Flickr :)
Right, I've spent waaaay too long on this, going to bed. Allez les rouges!