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With the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar roughly two months away, Canada men’s national team head coach John Herdman has named a 27-man roster that’ll play two friendlies in Europe later this month.

Canada roster for September friendlies

GOALKEEPERS (3)

  • Milan Borjan - Red Star Belgrade
  • Maxime Crépeau - LAFC
  • Dayne St. Clair - Minnesota United FC

DEFENDERS (9)

  • Samuel Adekugbe - Hatayspor FC
  • Derek Cornelius - Panetolikos FC
  • Alphonso Davies - Bayern Munich
  • Alistair Johnston - CF Montréal
  • Scott Kennedy - SSV Jahn Regensburg
  • Richie Laryea - Toronto FC
  • Kamal Miller - CF Montréal
  • Steven Vitória - GD Chaves
  • Joel Waterman - CF Montréal

MIDFIELDERS (5)

  • Stephen Eustáquio - FC Porto
  • Mark-Anthony Kaye - Toronto FC
  • Ismaël Koné - CF Montréal
  • Jonathan Osorio - Toronto FC
  • Samuel Piette - CF Montréal

FORWARDS (10)

  • Charles-Andreas Brym - FC Eindhoven
  • Tajon Buchanan - Club Brugge 
  • Lucas Cavallini - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • Theo Corbeanu - Blackpool FC
  • Jonathan David - Lille OSC
  • David Junior Hoilett - Reading FC
  • Luca Koleosho - RCD Espanyol
  • Cyle Larin - Club Brugge
  • Liam Millar - FC Basel
  • Iké Ugbo - ES Troyes

Upcoming friendlies

Both Qatar (Asia) and Uruguay (South America) are World Cup-bound nations as well.

These September games mark the final international window before Group F play gets underway in November. Canada, back in their first World Cup since 1986, will face Belgium (Nov. 23), Croatia (Nov. 27) and Morocco (Dec. 1) later this fall. The top two finishers will advance to the 16-team knockout stages.

Roster notes

Herdman’s squad features 11 players from MLS, including five from CF Montréal’s Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs-bound side. Star players are in the mix, too, ranging from Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies to FC Porto’s Stephen Eustáquio.

Longtime captain Atiba Hutchinson (Beşiktaş) is absent, while 18-year-old forward Luca Koleosho (RCD Espanyol) is searching for his first senior-team cap.

“Being our first trip outside of Concacaf and first games against non-Concacaf nations since the journey started back in 2018, we will learn a lot in these moments,” Herdman said in a release. “Both opponents present different types of tests and with the quality of Uruguay we will see and feel first-hand the intensity of that next-level opponent.”

Les Rouges are looking to move forward from a tense June window, which saw the players and federation stuck in a temporary labor-dispute impasse. Friendlies against Panama and Iran were canceled, while Concacaf Nations League games against Curacao (4-0 win) and Honduras (2-1 loss) were played.

After a 36-year wait, Canada are building toward their second-ever World Cup appearance. They topped the Concacaf Octagonal qualifying stage, finishing ahead of the United States and Mexico,

Herdman's squad will play one more friendly in the buildup to the World Cup, meeting Japan on Nov. 17 in Dubai.