National men's soccer team coach Stephen Hart has assembled his roster for a World Cup qualifying series against Panama.
The 21-player side includes MLS veterans Dwayne DeRosario of D.C. United, Julian de Guzman of FC Dallas, Terry Dunfield of Toronto FC and Patrice Bernier of the Montreal Impact.
All of the players have experience in World Cup qualifiers.
"You always want to have balance. I have tried to go with the players that are playing," Hart said during a conference call.
Canada will host Panama in the first of a two-game, total-goals series at BMO Field in Toronto on Sept. 7.
The return match will be played in Panama City on Sept. 11.
"In the last three games, we have showed good team spirit and mental attitude, and the players have felt comfortable in their roles," Hart said.
The series is part of the CONCACAF zone's third round of World Cup qualifiers.
After two matches in June, Panama is in first place with six points while Canada sits second in the four-team group with four points.
Honduras and Cuba are third and fourth, respectively.
After this round, the top two teams qualify for the 2013 CONCACAF zone finals.
The full squad consists of:
- (1) GK — Lars Hirschfeld
- (2) M — Nik Ledgerwood
- (3) FB — Ante Jazic
- (4) CB — Kevin McKenna
- (5) CB — André Hainault
- (6) M — Julian de Guzman
- (7) M — Terry Dunfield
- (8) M — Will Johnson
- (9) F — Tosaint Ricketts
- (10) F — Simeon Jackson
- (11) FB — Marcel de Jong
- (12) CB — Dejan Jakovic
- (13) M — Atiba Hutchinson
- (14) M/F — Dwayne De Rosario
- (15) CB — David Edgar
- (16) M — Pedro Pacheco
- (17) F — Olivier Occean
- (18) GK — Milan Borjan
- (19) FB — Ashtone Morgan
- (20) M — Patrice Bernier
- (22) GK — Kenny Stamatopoulos