..coming with reserves..

Friendly International, Canada – Trinidad & Tobago

Montreal Impact's Evan James, middle, in action for Canada's Olympic team.

DOBSON ON CANADA: YOUNGSTERS GET A CHANCE

Make no mistake about it, from Canada’s point of view, Wednesday’s friendly against Trinidad and Tobago in Florida has very little to do with preparing for the World Cup qualifiers in September.

The FIFA international date is on the calendar, at least for now, so Canadian coach Stephen Hart would be foolish not to take advantage of it, even if his he has other reasons for doing so.

On the 18-man roster there are probably ten or so players who will get the call for the meaningful qualifying matches down the road. The remaining group is a combination of fringe players and youngsters that Hart doesn’t get to see very often. And so it’s important to get them worked into the national team set-up and monitor their progress.

Lucas Cavallini is a perfect example. Hart did get a look at the young forward during the Olympic qualification tournament in the spring, but since he plays professionally in Uruguay, there are not many other opportunities. Cavallini is yet to be capped at the senior level and a friendly doesn’t count, but you can bet Hart is keeping close tabs on the Toronto-born striker, as he has Argentine ties through his father.

Cavallini is one of four players on the roster born in the 1990s. Toronto FC’s Doneil Henry, the Montreal Impact’s Evan James and the Vancouver Whitecaps Russell Teibert are the others.

All four were solid contributors on that Olympic team and there’s no doubt Hart is hoping they can all develop into players that can help the cause down the road. This is the first senior call up for all of them.

If you are wondering why there are hardly any European-based players on the team, it’s because this nonsensical FIFA international window is only 72 hours long and teams don’t have to release players until 48 hours before kickoff.

It doesn’t make much sense to try and bring in players from Europe under those circumstances. You’d be doing the player more harm than good. Watch for this FIFA date to disappear completely before too long.

For now it’s here, Hart will use it, and he’ll hopefully learn some things about some young players that perhaps he didn’t know. But solid preparation for the World Cup qualifiers in September this is not. Perhaps a year from now some of these players will be in the picture. The question is will Canada still be in the picture by then — or by November is more to the point.

Copa Chile 

Iberia – U. De Concepcion

U de Concepcion will save his main players for league game and play with reserves against 3rd league club (segunda division)

A. Italiano – U. Catolica

This game already start (0-1) but maybe you can take it live, Catolica is rotating, will use lot reserves

Universidad Católica es el actual campeón de la Copa Chile. El elenco cruzado es el vigente monarca, tras haber derrotado en la final del año pasado a Magallanes.

Desde las 12.30, los dirigidos por el uruguayo Martín Lasarte enfrentan a Audax Italiano en La Florida a las 12.00. Eso sí, lo harán con un equipo alternativo, totalmente diferente al que dispuso en la derrota en Talca ante Rangers, en la última fecha disputada del Torneo de Clausura.

De este modo, el charrúa pondrá en el arco a Fabián Cerda. Línea de cuatro defensas con Claudio Sepúlveda, Eduardo Villagra, Marco Biskupovic y Marcelo Pérez. En mediocampo irán Gonzalo Sepúlveda, Santiago Dittborn, Pablo González y Matías Mier; y en ataque jugarán Kevin Harbottle y Francisco Pizarro.

“Son oportunidades que se dan y la voy a aprovechar al dos mil por ciento”, expresó el arquero Cerda, habitual suplente de Christopher Toselli.

En cuanto al partido ante Audax, Pablo González aseguró que “tuvimos un amistoso de pretemporada con Audax y nos hicieron ver muy mal. Pero tenemos lo nuestro y tenemos que demostrarlo en la cancha”.

En tanto, también por Copa Chile, Unión La Calera recibe a Universidad de Chile en Quillota. También en la Quinta Región, Unión San Felipe juega de local ante Barnechea, y en Calama Cobreloa enfrenta al líder de la Primera B San Marcos de Arica.

Copa Colombia, Junior – La Equidad

junior is better team (specially when La Equidad leave some important players). But, today la equidad with almost full squad while Junior rotate.

Probables formaciones

Junior: Carlos Rodríguez; Iván Vélez, Diego Amaya, Andrés González, Arol Reyes; Luis Carlos Ruiz, Luis Narváez, Bréiner Belalcázar, Maicol Balanta; ‘Pichú’ Núñez, Carlos Rentería.
DT: José E. Hernández

Equidad: Julián Mesa; Elvis González, Flavio Córdoba, Stephen Barrientos, Darwin Andrade; Dáger Palacios, Juan Carlos Quintero, Donald Millán, Freddy Hinostroza; Wilson Morelos y Mario Jiménez. DT: Alexis García.

International friendly

 Germany – Argentina 

pick: over 2,5 @ 1,8

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Germany

Goalkeepers
Stegen (1 game; Mönchengladbach), Zieler (1, Hannover);

Defenders
Badstuber (25/1goal; Bayern), Boateng (25; Bayern), Höwedes (8; Schalke), Hummels (19/1; Dortmund), Schmelzer (6; Dortmund);

Midfielders
L.Bender (9/1; Leverkusen), Draxler (1; Schalke), Götze (15/2; Dortmund), Gündogan (2; Dortmund), Khedira (32/2; Real), Kroos (30/2; Bayern), Özil (38/9; Real), Reus (8/2; Dortmund), Schürrle (16/7; Leverkusen)

Forwards
Klose (121/64; Lazio), Müller (32/10; Bayern)

Argentina

Goalkeepers
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria),Mariano Andújar (Catania)

Defenders
Federico Fernández , Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli, Italia) , Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) , Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisboa),Clemente Rodríguez (Boca)

Midfielders
Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Fernando Gago (Valencia),Angel Di María (Real Madrid), José Sosa (Metalist Harkov) Pablo Guiñazú (Internacional Porto Alegre), Enzo Perez (Benfica)

Forwards
Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid), Ezequiel Lavezzi (París Saint Germain), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) , Eduardo Salvio (Benfica)

 Sweden – Brazil 

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 Slovenia – Romania  

Romania squad:

Goalkeepers
Lobont (AS Roma), Ciprian Tatarusanu (Steaua), Silviu Lung Jr. (Astra)

Defenders
Papp (Chievo), Luchin, Grigore (Dinamo), Chiriches, Gardos, Latovlevici (Steaua), Tamas (WBA), Gaman (Astra), Rat (Shakhtar)
Midfielders
Torje (Granada), Roman (Rapid), Bourceanu, Tanase (Steaua), Lazar (PAOK), Cocis (FC Rostov)

Forwards
Niculae (FC Vaslui), Grozav (Petrolul), Marica (Schalke), Stancu (Orduspor)

 

Slovenia squad:

Goalkeepers
S. Handanovic; (Inter, ITA), Belec (Inter, ITA), J. Handanovic; (NK Maribor);

Defenders:
Balazic (Karpaty Lviv, UKR), Brecko (Koln, GER), Cesar (Chievo, ITA), Jokic(Chievo, ITA), Kelhar (Qabala FK, AZE), Maroh (Koln, GER), Struna (Cracovia, POL), Suler (Legia W., POL)

Midfielders:
Bacinovic(Hellas Verona, ITA), Ilicic (Palermo, ITA), Kirm (Wisla Krakow, POL), Kurtic (Palermo), Matic (Kryvbas Kryvy Rih, UKR), Mertelj (NK Maribor), Radosavljevic (ADO Den Haag, NED), Sisic (OFI Crete, GRE), Vrsic (Austria Wien, AUT);

Forwards:
Birsa (Genoa, ITA), DediC(Bochum, GER), Matavz (PSV Eindhoven, NED, Velikonja (Cardiff City, ENG)


 Estonia – Poland 

Estonia

Parejko – Stěpanov,Piiroja,Klavan,Jääger – Kruglov,Dmitrijev,Vunk,Vassilijev – Ahjupera,Voskobojnikov.

Poland

Szczęsny – Piszczek,Perquis,Wasilewski,Boenisch – Dudka,Polanski – Błaszczykowski,Obraniak,Rybus – Lewandowski.

 Croatia – Switzerland 

Igor Stimac will debut tomorow as coach. It’s FIFA date for friendlyes and you cannot change all 11 players but he will send request to make 2 teams. Game will be in Split after long time and it’s questionabe will they have support of fans (because association was always put Zagreb for National Team and they alsno dont like Stimac, no matter he is from Split). Also, key player, Luka Modric is not ready, he wasnt on pre season, he was waiting (and still wait) transfer to Real and he was training by own. He will play but his form is questionable
Otmar Hitzfeld will not change lot on ht (probably 3)

Pletikosa, Srna, Ćorluk, Schildenfeld, Strinić, Mandžukić, Vukojević, Bdelj, Perišić, Modrić, Jelavić

Benaglio, Lichenteiner, Von Bergen, Djourou, Ziegler, Xhaka, Inler, Barnett, Shaqiri, Stocker, Mehmedi

 Puerto Rico – Spain 

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 Denmark – Slovakia 

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 England – Italy 

Hodgson makes huge changes to England squad – read

Italy called up numerous young players for the friendly against England, so Under-21 Coach Devis Mangia had to readjust his squad for Holland.
Cesare Prandelli is focusing on the next generation for Wednesday’s high-profile game with Roy Hodgson’s side in Berne.
This includes many Azzurrini starlets such as Stephan El Shaarawy, Manolo Gabbiadini and Mattia De Sciglio.

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 Mexico – USA 

Mexico (4-2-3-1): Ochoa; Torres Nilo, Rodriguez, Moreno, Meza; Viniegra, Lugo; Guardado, Zavala, Barrera; Hernandez

ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS : Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).

DEFENDERS: Francisco Rodriguez (Stuttgart), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Severo Meza (Monterrey), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Enrique Perez (Morelia)

MIDFIELDERS: Jesus Zavala (Monterrey), Manuel Viniegra (Tigres), Edgar Lugo (Santos), Adrian Aldrete (América), Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul), Elias Hernandez (Tigres), Andres Guardado (Valencia)

FORWARDS: Angel Reyna (Monterrey), Aldo de Nigris (Monterrey), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United)

USA (4-2-3-1)Howard; Johnson, Edu, Cameron, Orozco Fiscal; Beckerman, Jones; Beasley, Torres, Donovan; Boyd

ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steven Beitashour (San Jose Earthquakes), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim)

MIDFIELDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

FORWARDS: Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

 Portugal – Panama 

Portugal

Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Eduardo (Istanbul BB), Beto (Braga).

Joao Pereira (Valencia), Miguel Lopes (FC Porto), Bruno Alves (Zenit St. Petersburg), Pepe (Real Madrid), Rolando (FC Porto), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid).

Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Carlos Custodio (Braga), Raul Meireles (Chelsea), Joao Moutinho (FC Porto), Carlos Martins (Benfica), Hugo Viana (Braga), Ruben Micael (Braga).

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Nani (Manchester United), Silvestre Varela (FC Porto), Helder Postiga (Real Zaragoza), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Nelson Oliveira (Deportivo Coruna).

Panama

Jugador – Club (País)

Portero
Jaime Penedo – Municipal (GUA)

Defensas
Luis Henríquez – Lech Poznan (POL)
Carlos Rodríguez – FC Dallas (USA)
Román Torres – Millonarios (COL)
Felipe Baloy – Santos FC (MEX)

Volantes
Nelson Barahona – Atlético Huila (COL)
Gabriel Gómez – Philadelphia Union (USA)
Amílcar Henríquez – Deportivo Independiente Medellín (COL)
Ricardo Buitrago – Elche Ilicitano (ESP)

Delanteros
Rolando Blackburn – FK Senica (SVK)
Luis Tejada – Juan Aurich (PER)

Días atrás habían sido convocados los locales Alex Rodríguez (Sporting San Miguelito), Jean C. Cedeño (Alianza), Harold Cummings (Árabe Unido), Alberto Quintero (Chorrillo), Marcos Sánchez (Tauro), Juan de Dios Pérez (Tauro) y Edwin Aguilar (Tauro).

 Costa Rica – Peru 

Peru will miss Pizarro and Farfan

Costa Rica

Keylor Navas; Johnny Acosta, Roy Miller, Bryan Oviedo, José Salvatierra; Michael Barrantes, Yeltsin Tejeda, Óscar Rojas, Bryan Ruiz; Joel Campbell, Álvaro Saborío

Peru

Raúl Fernández; John Galliquio, Carlos Zambrano, Renzo Revoredo, Yoshimar Yotún; Edwin Retamozo, Rinaldo Cruzado, André Carrillo, Luis Ramírez, Juan Vargas; Paolo Guerrero