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Soccer News of Sunday, 4 October 2015

Source: Ghana Soccernet

Canada coach drops several experienced players for Ghana friendly

Canada coach Benito Floro has axed six experienced players for this month’s friendly against Ghana in Washington.

The Spanish coach announced his 24-man squad for the match against the Black Stars and left out some experienced players from the squad as he seeks to build the squad for the future.

The roster for the 13 October match in the American capital is missing several players who were part of the last round of World Cup qualifiers against Belize.

Midfielders Atiba Hutchinson, Julian De Guzman, Will Johnson and Russell Teibert and forwards Tesho Akindele and Cyle Larin not involved.

Johnson is out after surgery to remove two screws from a leg broken in Toronto last season. De Guzman, Canada’s captain, is coming back from injury.

Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio, enjoying a fine MLS season, also continues to be on the outside looking in.

Ghana is ranked 25th in the world, compared with No. 104 for Canada.

The game, to be played at RFK Stadium, marks the second meeting between the two. Canada won 2-1 in 1985 at the President’s Cup in Seoul.

Floro’s team is preparing for the November start of the fourth round of World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Canada hosts Honduras on Nov. 13 in Vancouver before playing in El Salvador on Nov. 17.

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