Canada Copa America squad review: Baptism of fire for Marsch

Canada will compete at the Copa America for the first time ever this summer, having earned the right to qualify through their success in the CONCACAF Nations League.

However, the man who guided them to glory in that competition, Mauro Biello, has since been replaced in the dugout by Jesse Marsch. For all his ability, Canada’s new head coach has had little time to get to know his new charges before naming the Canada Copa America squad.

Most ominously of all, Canada must vie for qualification from a Group A that contains runaway favourites Argentina, sleeping giants Chile and an unpredictable Peru side.

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Canada have a tough task to qualify from Copa America Group A – Photo by Icon Sport

Canada – Key stats

Year founded: 1924

Current FIFA ranking: 49

Since June 2023, Canada have managed to win only four out of 12 international fixtures – a run of results that triggered a drop down the FIFA rankings.

Highest FIFA ranking: 33

Shortly before, in February 2023, Canada reached an all-time high-ranking figure on FIFA’s official list (33), thanks largely to their competitive performances at the World Cup in Qatar.

Year of Copa America debut: 2024

Best Copa America performance: N/A

Player to watch: Alphonso Davies

Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies is the poster boy for Canadian ‘soccer’, and the versatile performer has been a national team regular since making his debut against Curacao in 2017, when he became the youngest ever player (16) to represent the Canucks.

Davies’s searing pace can be a potent weapon against most teams, and Canada will hope to get the 23-year-old on the ball as much as possible in the USA. The prospect of him combining with Lille's Jonathan David – who scored a brace or better six times across all competitions in 2023/24 – is certainly a mouthwatering one.

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Alphonso Davies is Canada's star player – Photo by Icon Sport

Full Canada Copa America squad

Jesse Marsch has gone with plenty of tried and trusted experienced internationals when building his squad for Copa America.

There were no places for 19-goal striker Lucas Cavallini, 42-times capped Mark-Anthony Kaye, 46-times capped Steven Vitória or Sam Adekugbe (42) on the Canadian roster, however.

With 29 goals, Mallorca’s Cyle Larin is the leading scorer in Canada’s squad, followed by Lille’s Jonathan David (26). Montreal’s Samuel Piette is the most-capped player on board with 69 appearances for his country.

Goalkeeper

  • Maxime Crepeau (Portland Timbers)
  • Thomas McGill (Brighton & Hove Albion)
  • Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United)

Defence

  • Moise Bombito (Colorado Rapids)
  • Derek Cornelius (Malmo FF)
  • Luc de Fougerolles (Fulham FC)
  • Kyle Hiebert (St. Louis City SC)
  • Alistair Johnston (Celtic)
  • Richie Laryea (Toronto FC)
  • Kamal Miller (Portland Timbers)
  • Dominick Zator (Korona Kielce)

Midfield

  • Mathieu Choiniere (CF Montreal)
  • Stephen Eustaquio (FC Porto)
  • Ismael Kone (Watford)
  • Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC)
  • Samuel Piette (CF Montreal)

Attack

  • Theo Blair (Motherwell)
  • Charles-Andreas Brym (Sparta Rotterdam)
  • Tajon Buchanan (Inter Milan)
  • Jonathan David (LOSC Lille)
  • Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
  • Junior Hoilett (Aberdeen FC)
  • Cyle Larin (RCD Mallorca)
  • Liam Millar (FC Basel)
  • Jacob Shaffelburg (Nashville SC)
  • Ike Ugbo (ESTAC Troyes (FRA)

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