Canada Soccer revealed on Wednesday the men’s national team squad for the upcoming camp in Bahrain prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
In total, 21 players have been called into the squad by head coach John Herdman, with the majority of them being North America-based players whose club seasons have wrapped up already. Major contributors from World Cup Qualifying squads attending this camp include Toronto FC’s Jonathan Osorio, Richie Laryea, and Mark-Anthony Kaye, as well as CF Montréal’s Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller, and Samuel Piette.
A pair of former Canadian Premier League players were named to this group as they vie for inclusion in Herdman’s final World Cup roster, in TFC (and former Pacific) defender Lukas MacNaughton, as well as Montréal (and former Cavalry) centre-back Joel Waterman.
Canada will play Bahrain — ranked 85th in the world — in a friendly match on Friday, Nov. 11 in the Bahraini capital of Manama.
Following that, Les Rouges will have one final pre-World Cup friendly against 24th-ranked Japan on Nov. 17, to be played in Dubai. From there, Canada will head to Qatar for the World Cup, which they’ll kick off on Wednesday, Nov. 23 against Belgium.
Canada’s other Group F matches in Qatar will be on Sunday, Nov. 27 against Croatia and Thursday, Dec. 1 against Morocco.
The full squad for this friendly match is below.
GK- Maxime Crépeau | USA / Los Angeles FC
GK- James Pantemis | CAN / CF Montréal
GK- Dayne St. Clair | USA / Minnesota United FC
CB- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
CB- Lukas MacNaughton | CAN / Toronto FC
CB- Kamal Miller | CAN / CF Montréal
CB- Joel Waterman | CAN / CF Montréal
FB- Zachary Brault-Guillard | CAN / CF Montréal
FB- Raheem Edwards | USA / LA Galaxy
FB- Alistair Johnston | CAN / CF Montréal
FB- Richie Laryea | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Mathieu Choinière | CAN / CF Montréal
M- Liam Fraser | BEL / KMSK Deinze
M- Mark-Anthony Kaye | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Ismaël Koné | CAN / CF Montréal
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Samuel Piette | CAN / CF Montréal
F- Ayo Akinola | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Lucas Cavallini | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F- Jayden Nelson | CAN / Toronto FC
F- Jacob Shaffelburg | USA / Nashville SC