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"Rivas, Carlo - Unattached"

Noticed this on the CSA release - but isn't he still with U de Conception?? Typical error or hint of something more?

He was first listed with his chilean club and then they changed it to unattached. Maybe they have insider info.

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He was first listed with his chilean club and then they changed it to unattached. Maybe they have insider info.

wouldn't he look nice coming in Vancouver. Give him a year to learn NA style again, then into the MLS. Kid has some good potential. Left sided player I believe. I could be wrong on that though.

Has a great soccer name IMO

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Note that Wassey is now listed as unattached....

Équipe nationale masculine senior

29 January 2010

Hart era set to begin in Jamaica

Canada’s men’s national team will enter a new era on Sunday 31 January as Stephen Hart takes charge of his first official match since being named permanent head coach in early December. Hart’s Canadian squad is set to face off with CONCACAF rival Jamaica in an international friendly match. The Canada-Jamaica match is scheduled to kick off at 18.00 ET (15.00 PT) from the Jamaican National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

'I am trying to use 2010 as a platform to increase the player pool and create healthy competition within the squad for places. Of course, everybody wants results, but right now the results could be placed on the back-burner in preference to finding players who can be part of the future for Canada. Jamaica is a unique opponent because they are so strong at home. It will be good experience for our younger players.'

The international friendly match with Jamaica will kick-off the 2010 season for Canada’s men’s national team. In 2010, the Canadian coaching staff will be looking to schedule a number of matches as it evaluates and builds the squad in advance of 2012, the beginning of Canada’s two-year qualifying process for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. As part of the 2010 schedule, the Canadian Soccer Association is in negotiations with several nations to secure opponents for matches to be played at home in Canada.

The Canadian squad, which is primarily made up of players from North American and Scandinavian-based clubs, has been training together in Sunrise, FL since 18 January. Coach Hart is using the camp and upcoming friendly to observe several new faces at the international level as well as familiarize the entire squad with his tactics and methods. No fewer than seven players received their first national team call-up during the Florida camp, five of whom will travel to Jamaica for Sunday’s friendly.

Canada completes its Florida camp on Friday 29 January before traveling to Jamaica later that evening. Hart will lead Canada through a final training session on Saturday morning in Jamaica ahead of Sunday evening’s match.

Fans can follow the match on the new CanadaSoccer.com twitter feed at

www.twitter.com/CanadaSoccer_. A full match report will be featured on CanadaSoccer.com following the completion of the match Sunday night.

Canada and Jamaica are familiar foes, having met five times since 2006. Canada won the most recent meeting between the two sides - a 1:0 victory in the opening match of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. In Kingston, Canada will face a Jamaican squad drawn mostly from domestic based clubs. Like Canada, Jamaica is looking to provide its younger players with valuable international experience as it builds toward the next FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in two years.

BY THE NUMBERS

Five players could potentially make their first appearance with the national team this 31 January. Those five first-time players are forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, goalkeeper David Monsalve of FC Inter Turku, defeneder Nana Attakora of Toronto FC, midfielder Massih Wassey of FC Schalke 04 II, and midfielder Carlos Rivas.

Goalkeeper Pat Onstad is the most experienced player with 56 appearances at the national level. Onstad, 42, won his first cap back in 1988 when he was still just 20 years old. Dwayne De Rosario (52 appearances) and Julian de Guzman (42 appearances) are second and third on the list for international experience.

Active goal leaders Dwayne De Rosario and Ali Gerba - both with 15 goals apiece - will make the trip to Jamaica. The duo is closing in on all-time leaders Dale Mitchell (19), John Catliff (18) and Alex Bunbury (16).

CANADA

G- Monsalve, David | FIN / FC Inter Turku | Brampton, ON, CAN

G- Onstad, Pat | USA / Houston Dynamo | Vancouver, BC, CAN

F- Ademolu, Stephen | LTU / FK Ekranas | Windsor, ON, CAN

D- Attakora, Nana | CAN / Toronto FC | North York, ON, CAN

D- Cann, Adrian | DEN / Esbjerg fB | Thornhill, ON, CAN

M- de Guzman, Julian | CAN / Toronto FC | Scarborough, ON, CAN

M- De Rosario, Dwayne | CAN / Toronto FC | Scarborough, ON, CAN

F- Edwini-Bonsu, Randy | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Edmonton, AB, CAN

F- Gerba, Ali | CAN / Toronto FC | Montréal, QC, CAN

D- Hainault, André | USA / Houston Dynamo | Hudson, QC, CAN

D- Hemming, Tyler | CAN / Impact de Montréal | London, ON, CAN

D/M- Jakovic, Dejan | USA / DC United | Etobicoke, ON, CAN

D/M- Jazic, Ante | USA / Chivas USA | Bedford, NS, CAN

F- Johnson, Will | USA / Real Salt Lake | Toronto, ON, CAN

M- Ribeiro, Antonio | USA / San Jose Earthquakes | Montréal, QC, CAN

M- Rivas, Carlo | Unattached / sans club | Toronto, ON, CAN

D- Sidra, Eddy | GER / FC Energie Cottbus | Edmonton, AB, CAN

M- Wassey, Massih | Unattached / sans club | Calgary, AB, CAN

Head of delegation / Chef de délégation : Steve Reed

Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef : Stephen Hart

Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Tony Fonseca

Goalkeeper coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Paul Dolan

Video Coordinator / Coordinateur de vidéo : Vic Mendes

Manager / Gérant : Morgan Quarry

Equipment Manager / Gérant des équipements : Ryan Bedic

Doctor / Docteur : Dr. John Philpott

Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Dave Foley

Physiotherapist / Physiothérapeute : Garret Kusch

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^ I would be surprised if that was not a typo. Wassey was just signed by Schalke last summer on a year long contract and has been seeing plenty of playing time on the reserve team (16 starts out of possible 18 - and one 2nd half appearance).

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Apparently, we tied a local pick-up team 1-1 on wednesday:

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100129/sports/sports2.html

Canada's squad, which is scheduled to arrive in Jamaica this evening after completing a rigorous training camp here which lasted almost two weeks, will include some new faces. Defender Nana Attakora and forward Randy Edwini-Bonsu are two players drafted from Canada's youth team. But most of the players are in their club's off-season and the team still short of match sharpness. On Wednesday Canada drew 1-1 with a local pick-up team.

"They are way off," Hart said. " ... They're no way international physical calibre at the moment."

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I'm going to speculate that we probably played one of the local semi-pro teams that are gearing up for the annual Copa Latina tournament that takes place every February in Miami. Some of the stronger squads feature a number of retired foreign pros who have emigrated to the Miami area.

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Apparently, we tied a local pick-up team 1-1 on wednesday:

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100129/sports/sports2.html

"You know, Jamaica is a unique sort of country to play because they are so strong at home ... I think that is a lesson in itself for us."

Actually I think it Canada who is unique in that we aren't particularly strong at home. Most of our main CONCACAF rivals are virtually unbeatable at home.

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"You know, Jamaica is a unique sort of country to play because they are so strong at home ... I think that is a lesson in itself for us."

Actually I think it Canada who is unique in that we aren't particularly strong at home. Most of our main CONCACAF rivals are virtually unbeatable at home.

That is one of many things that will have to change if we are to have any hope of ever qualifying for the World Cup! Teams obviously have not feared coming to play in Canada, the Jamaica game at BMO was a good start in changing that, it still doesn't have the same fear factor as the Office or Azteca but hopefully it will only get better!

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I'm going to speculate that we probably played one of the local semi-pro teams that are gearing up for the annual Copa Latina tournament that takes place every February in Miami. Some of the stronger squads feature a number of retired foreign pros who have emigrated to the Miami area.

So we drew 1-1 with a bunch of girls?

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So we drew 1-1 with a bunch of girls?

Copa Latina is taken pretty seriously in the South Florida immigrant community. Last year there was a $10,000 grand prize for the winning team. Apparently some of the teams brought in some ringers from the pro leagues back home (Honduras 5 star) and some current NT players (Haitian Selects). Real Honduras had former PR Islanders player Ricardo Alcerro. Limonense had former Costa Rican NT keeper Erick Lonis in net as well as a former Perez Zeledon striker. Plus there's a lot of former local college players that never made it in the pro ranks or played at a lower level.

http://www.miamiherald.com/photos/gallery/894801.html

Pretty pathetic website though: http://www.copalatina.com/copalatina/copalatina.htm

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