Cann selected to national team

Vancouver Whitecaps, in conjunction with the Canadian Soccer Association, have announced that defender Adrian Cann has been selected to the Canadian men’s national team final training camp before beginning Stage II of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The camp opens Sunday, May 25, and features two international friendly matches against Brazil on May 31 and Panama on June 4.

This is Cann’s second career call up to Canada’s men’s national side. Cann made his senior international debut in a 1-0 friendly win over Martinique on January 30, 2008. Cann also played in a 2-0 friendly win over the Danish club, Vejle Boldklub, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida four days later.

The six-foot-three, 187-pound defender has been a mainstay in the heart of the Whitecaps back-line since his introduction to the club in March of 2006. In 2007, Cann lead the Whitecaps in minutes played and started all but one of the 28 regular season games. For his efforts, he was named the team’s Defender of the Year. Prior to the start of this season, the centre-back was named team captain and has helped Vancouver to a league best defence with a 3-1-1 record.

The training camp will open on Sunday, May 25 in Seattle, Washington. Canada will then play an international friendly against Brazil at Qwest Field on May 31, before heading to Fort Lauderdale to play Panama on June 4. Canada’s campaign to qualify for World Cup 2010 begins on June 15, with a home and away series against St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Brazil is currently ranked 2nd in the world, Panama is 67th, while Canada sits at the 62nd spot.

The Whitecaps first doubleheader of the season is this Friday, May 23, as the women take on the Los Angeles Legends at 5:00 p.m. and the men face the Seattle Sounders at 8:00 p.m. Friday is also a Wendy's Family Night - four tickets and two Wendy's Kids' Meals for only $48. Call 604.669.WAVE (9283) for information, or buy tickets at ticketmaster.ca.

CANADA
Lars Hirschfeld | G | Edmonton, AB | ROM / CFR Cluj
Pat Onstad | G | Vancouver, BC | USA / Houston Dynamo
Greg Sutton | G | Hamilton, ON | CAN / Toronto FC
Joshua Wagenaar | G | Grimsby, ON | unattached
Patrice Bernier | M | Brossard, QC | GER / FC Kaiserslautern
Jim Brennan | D | East York, ON | CAN / Toronto FC
Adrian Cann | D | Thornhill, ON | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps
Julian de Guzman | M | Scarborough, ON | ESP / Deportivo La Coruna
Marcel de Jong | D/M | Newmarket, ON | NED / Roda JC
Dwayne De Rosario | M/F | Scarborough, ON | USA / Houston Dynamo
Rob Friend | F | Kelowna, BC | GER / Borussia Mönchengladbach
Ali Gerba | F | Montréal, QC | GER / FC Ingolstadt
André Hainault | D | Hudson, QC | CZE / Sparta Praha (on loan from FK SIAD Most)
Richard Hastings | D | Vancouver, BC | SCO / Inverness CT
Atiba Hutchinson | M | Brampton, ON | DEN / F.C. København
Ante Jazic | D | Bedford, NS | USA / Los Angeles Galaxy
Mike Klukowski | D | Oshawa, ON | BEL / Club Brugge KV
Issey Nakajima-Farran | M | Calgary, AB | DEN / FC Nordsjælland
Tam Nsaliwa | D/M | Edmonton, AB | GRE / AEK Athens FC
Jaime Peters | M/F | Pickering, ON | ENG / Ipswich Town FC
Tomasz Radzinski | M/F | Toronto, ON | GRE / Skoda Xanthi
Adrian Serioux | D/M| Scarborough, ON | USA / FC Dallas
Paul Stalteri | D/M | Brampton, ON | ENG / Fulham FC (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)

Head of delegation / Chef de délégation : Victor Montagliani
Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef : Dale Mitchell
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Stephen Hart
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Nick Dasovic
Video coach / Entraîneur video : Vic Mendes
Goalkeeper coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Paul Dolan
Goalkeeper coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Djamel Laarabi (Panama match)
Manager / Gérant : Morgan Quarry
Equipment manager / Gérant d’équipements : Mike Moretto
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Eddie Cannon (Brasil match)
Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Ted Tilbury (Panama match)
Massage Therapist / Massothérapeute : Garret Kusch