VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed today that left back Marcel de Jong and centre back David Edgar have been called up to the Canadian men's national team for the upcoming World Cup Qualifying matches versus Honduras and El Salvador, with the latter to be played at BC Place.
De Jong and Edgar, both acquired by Whitecaps FC in July, will be with the Canadian team from August 28 to September 7, including a September 2 visit to Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula for the fixture against Honduras, and the aforementioned September 6 home match against El Salvador in Vancouver. Both matches will be broadcast live on TSN.
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The duo will miss the 'Caps match versus New York Red Bulls on September 3 at BC Place, along with teammates Kendall Waston, Christian Bolaños, Giles Barnes, and Blas Pérez, who were each called up to their respective national teams as well yesterday.
GROUP A STANDINGS
1. Mexico (4W-0L-0D): 12 points
2. Honduras (1W-2L-1D): 4 points
3. Canada (1W-2L-1D): 4 points
4. El Salvador (0W-2L-2D): 2 points
Canada is currently tied with Honduras for second place with four points in Group A. Mexico, the only remaining undefeated side among the 12 CONCACAF nations in the competition, leads the pack with 12 points, while El Salvador rounds out the group with two points.
De Jong and Edgar, both 29, have combined for 82 caps for Canada, and have each scored three goals in senior international competition. De Jong has started each of the four group stage matches in the current round of World Cup Qualifying, while Edgar has made one substitute appearance, contributing to the clean sheet in the 0-0 road draw versus El Salvador on November 17.
The group stage concludes with four matches in September - the two Canada fixtures, as well as Mexico's visit to Estadio Cuscatlán in El Salvador on September 2, and the Mexicans' home match versus Honduras at Estadio Azteca four days later. Two nations from each of three groups will advance to the CONCACAF Final Round, otherwise known as the "Hex".
Whitecaps FC are back in MLS action on Saturday when they visit LA Galaxy at StubHub Center. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Watch the match live on TSN1.
CANADA MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
1- GK- Maxime Crépeau | CAN / Impact Montréal
2- FB- Nik Ledgerwood | CAN / FC Edmonton
3- CB- Manjrekar James | HUN / Vasas Budapest
4- CB- Dejan Jaković | JPN / Shimizu S-Pulse
5- CB / M- David Edgar | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
6- M- Jamar Dixon | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
7- M- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Walsall FC
8- FB- Doneil Henry | ENG / West Ham United
9- F- Marcus Haber | Unattached
10- M- David Junior Hoilett | Unatached
11- M- Tosaint Ricketts | CAN / Toronto FC
12- CB- André Hainault | GER / 1. FC Magdeburg
13- M- Atiba Hutchinson | TUR / Beşiktaş JK
14- M- Samuel Piette | ESP / CD Izarra
15- CB- Adam Straith | NOR / Fredrikstad FK
16- M- Scott Arfield | ENG / Burnley FC
17- FB- Marcel De Jong | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
18- GK- Milan Borjan | BUL / PFK Ludogorets Razgrad
19- CB- Steven Vitória | POL / Lechia Gdansk
20- FB / CB- Karl W. Ouimette | USA / Jacksonville Armada
21- F- Cyle Larin | USA / Orlando City SC
22- GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK Fotbol
23- M- Tesho Akindele | USA / FC Dallas
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