The Canadian National Team is preparing for what will be its participation in the Gold Cup, the most important tournament in which all those countries affiliated to Concacaf participate, behind the World Cup. To do this, and in accordance with what is required by the regulations of the regulatory body, it presented a preliminary list of players, 60 in total, which will be refined over the days until reaching 23 that will finally say present in the continental contest.
Anyone who says that Canada is the favorite, or at least aspiring to win the title, is undoubtedly lying. However, history rules, and if we refer to the numbers, we will find in their record that it is one of the 3 teams that has known how to shout champion in this competition.
That year 2000, in which the United States was the headquarters, will remain in the history of the entire country, being the only achievement that his team has had in history. However, it is still very remarkable, since for this, it beat larger teams such as the North Americans themselves, 6 times champions of the tournament, or Mexicans, who were able to lift the trophy 8 times.
How many players can be part of the final list?
According to the regulations imposed by Concacaf, the list should be shortened, until the 23 possible players are selected, who will finally be those who compete in the competition. Once it has been delivered, changes due to force majeure or injury will only be allowed up to 24 hours before the first game of the group stage of each team, with their respective prior authorization from Concacaf.
How will the tournament be played?
The Gold Cup will begin on July 10, with the initial group stage. In it, 16 teams will look for a place within the 8 that will advance in the contest. For that, they will be divided into 4 groups of 4, and the first 2 will qualify for the next round.
When and where will the quarter and semifinals of the tournament be played?
State Farm Stadium of Glendale, Arizona, and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, will host the quarterfinals on July 24 and 25. The semifinals will be played on July 29, at NRG Stadium in Houston and at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas.
When and where will the final of the competition be played?
The finalists will travel to Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, to meet in the final on August 1.
Canada Preliminary Gold Cup Roster
Tesho Akindele, Orlando City SC (MLS); Ayo Akinola, Toronto FC (MLS); Scott Arfield, Glasgow Rangers (Scotland); Theo Bair Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Michael Baldisimo, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Zorhan Bassong, CF Montreal (MLS); Clement Bayiha, CF Montreal (MLS); Zachary Brault-Guillard, CF Montreal (MLS); Charles-Andreas Brym, unattached; Tajon Buchanan, New England Revolution (MLS); Lucas Cavallini, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Jay Chapman, Inter Miami (MLS); Mathieu Choiniere, CF Montreal (MLS); Theo Corbeanu, Wolverhampton Wanderers (England); Derek Cornelius, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Maxime Crepeau, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Jonathan David, Lille (France); Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich (Germany); Caniggia Elva, FC Ingolstadt 04 (Germany); Stephen Eustaquio, FC Pacos de Ferreira (Portugal); Ricardo Ferreira, unattached; Marcelo Flores, Arsenal (England); Liam Fraser, Columbus Crew (MLS); Marcus Godinho, FSV Zwickau (Germany); Cristian Gutierrez, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Thomas Hasal, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Doneil Henry, Suwon Samsung Bluewings (South Korea); Junior Hoilett, unattached; Atiba Hutchinson, Besiktas (Turkey); Daniel Jebbison, Sheffield United (England); Alistair Johnston, Nashville SC (MLS); Mark-Anthony Kaye, Los Angeles FC (MLS); Scott Kennedy, SSV Jahn Regensburg (Germany); Cyle Larin, Besiktas (Turkey); Richie Laryea, Toronto FC (MLS); Jayson Leutwiler, Huddersfield Town (England); Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Toronto FC (MLS); Liam Millar, Liverpool (England); Kamal Miller, CF Montreal (MLS); Ashtone Morgan, Real Salt Lake (MLS); Jayden Nelson, Toronto FC (MLS); Noble Okello, Toronto FC (MLS); Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC (MLS); James Pantemis, CF Montreal (MLS); Tyler Pasher, Houston Dynamo (MLS); Harry Paton, Ross County (Scotland); Samuel Piette, CF Montreal (MLS); Ralph Priso, Toronto FC (MLS); Ryan Raposo, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Tosaint Ricketts, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Jacob Shaffelburg, Toronto FC (MLS); Luke Singh, Toronto FC (MLS); Dayne St. Clair, Minnesota United (MLS); Frank Sturing, FC Den Bosch (the Netherlands); Russell Teibert, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Kris Twardek, Jagiellonia Bialystok (Poland); Jules Anthony Vilsaint, Royal Antwerp (Belgium); Steven Vitoria, Moreirense (Portugal); Joel Waterman, CF Montreal (MLS); David Wotherspoon, St. Johnstone (Scotland).