TORONTO, ON – Canada’s National Men’s Team wants to close out CONCACAF Round 2 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Qualifiers with an inspiring performance, with national head coach Stephen Hart reporting "we owe it to the fans" to lay it all out on the field for the final home match of the 2011 season.
Canada has already clinched first place to secure advancement to CONCACAF Round 3, with the next round matches to be played in 2012 against Honduras, Cuba and Panama.
So while the result won’t affect Canada’s placement in the standings, coach Hart promises his team will be ready to put on a show for the home crowd.
"The match means a lot to us," said Hart. "We owe it to the fans to put on a good performance."
Coach Hart said he will not only pick his starting XI with an eye towards the future ("I would like to give some players an opportunity to say, ’you should pick me in 2012’"), but with an eye firmly planted on goal. Despite conceding only one goal in five matches and producing the second-longest shutout streak in Association history, coach Hart knows the fans want to see goals on Tuesday night.
"The fans deserve a good result," said fullback Nik Ledgerwood. "We are going to come out and hopefully give the fans something (from which) they can go home and be happy."
Canada has scored six goals in three home matches this year, but missed the target at home against Puerto Rico on 11 October. With the 2011 qualification business out of the way, Hart believes his team is relaxed and ready for Tuesday night.
"The mentality will be different (now that we have qualified) and the fans will see that," promised Hart.
Canada’s last home match of the 2011 season is Tuesday 15 November at BMO Field in Toronto. Tickets to the match are available via Ticketmaster via www.ticketmaster.ca / 1-855.985.5000.
Along with the Rogers Sportsnet One broadcast, there will also be a live in-match stream via www.twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN.
1- GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
2- FB- Nik Ledgerwood | GER / SV Wehen Wiesbaden
3- FB- Mike Klukowski | TUR / Manisaspor
5- CB- Adam Straith | GER / FC Energie Cottbus
6- M- Julian de Guzman | CAN / Toronto FC
7- M- Matt Stinson | CAN / Toronto FC
8- M- Will Johnson | USA / Real Salt Lake
9- F- Tosaint Ricketts | ROM / FC Politehnica Timişoara
10- F- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Norwich City FC
11- M- Josh Simpson | TUR / Manisaspor
12- M- Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault | GER / SC Preußen Münster
13- FB- Ante Jazić | USA / Chivas USA
14- F- Dwayne De Rosario | USA / DC United
15- CB- David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
16- F- Olivier Occean | GER / SpVgg Greuther Fürth
17- LB- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
20- M- Patrice Bernier | DEN / Lyngby Boldklub
22- GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol
Head of Delegation / Chef de délegation : Victor Montagliani
Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef : Stephen Hart
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Tony Fonseca
Goalkeeper Coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Paul Dolan
Video Coordinator / Vidéaste : Victor Mendes
Team Manager / Gérant d’équipe : Morgan Quarry
Equipment Manager / Gérant de l’équipement : Mike Moretto
Equipment Assistant / Adjoint de l’équipement : Ryan Bedic
Doctor / Docteur : Dr. Reg Peters
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Ted Tilbury
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Dave Foley
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