Toronto FC’s Shaffelburg called up to Canadian squad for World Cup qualifying
Head-turning winger Jacob Shaffelburg, who has turned heads in recent games for Toronto FC, has been called up by Canada for their next round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
The 21-year-old from Port Williams, Nova Scotia, joins a 27-man squad made up of Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Jonathan David (Lille), Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade), Stephen Eustaquio (FC Pacos de Ferreira) and Atiba Hutchinson and Cyle Larin (both Besiktas).
Shaffelburg, a fast forward who enjoys playing against defensemen, scored one goal and prepared the other two in Toronto’s 3-2 win over FC Cincinnati on Wednesday. He has two goals and four assists in his last four games for Toronto.
Shaffelburg, who has a senior selection under his belt, joins Derek Cornelius (13 caps) and Charles-Andreas Brym (three caps) as the first cap in this World Cup qualifying round.
Cornelius is currently with Greek Panetolikos on loan from the Vancouver Whitecaps. Brym plays for FC Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Canada (1-0-2) is second in the octagonal round robin standings for goal difference with five points, after beating El Salvador and equalizing Honduras and the United States
The 51st-ranked Canadian men play Mexico, No. 9 (2-0-1) on October 7 and Jamaica No. 59 (0-2-1) on October 10 before welcoming Panama, No. 68 (1 -0-). 2) at BMO Field in Toronto on October 13
“We have three tough games, including back-to-back road games at altitude and then in heat, but we want those tests, and the team is ready for them,” Canada coach John Herdman said in a statement. “The team will enjoy the game at Azteca (Mexico City Stadium), it is a great arena for any footballer and we look forward to meeting the Mexicans again after our recent CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final match.
“It’s a quick turnaround to play against a very talented Jamaican team, before coming home to play against Panama and with our fans behind us, it’s a great way to end the window.”
Each of the eight teams play 14 matches in the final round of qualifying, with the first three representing North and Central America and the Caribbean at Qatar 2022. The fourth-ranked team will take part in an intercontinental playoff to see who will join them.
This is the first time that Canadian men have reached the final round of CONCACAF qualifying since the preparations for France ’98.
Canada won their first-round group, beating Aruba, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Suriname, before eliminating Haiti in a two-man second round.
Canada Soccer has announced that its two November home games – November 12 against No. 44 Costa Rica (0-1-2) and Mexico on November 16 – will be played at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, Red Star Belgrade (Serbia); Maxime Crepeau, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); James Pantemis, CF Montreal (MLS)
Defenders: Derek Cornelius, Panetolikos FC (Greece); Doneil Henry, Suwon Samsung Bluewings (South Korea); Kamal Miller, CF Montreal (MLS); Steven Vitoria, Moreirense FC (Portugal); Samuel Adekugbe, Hatayspor FC (Turkey); Zachary Brault-Guillard, CF Montreal (MLS); Alistair Johnston, Nashville SC (MLS); Richie Laryea, Toronto FC (MLS).
Midfielder: Stephen Eustaquio, FC Pacos de Ferreira (Portugal); Liam Fraser, Columbus Crew (MLS); Atiba Hutchinson, Besiktas (Turkey); Mark-Anthony Kaye, Colorado Rapids (MLS); Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC) MLS); Samuel Piette, CF Montreal (MLS); David Wotherspoon, St. Johnstone FC (Scotland).
Forwards: Charles-Andreas Brym, FC Eindhoven (Netherlands); Lucas Cavallini, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Jonathan David, Lille (France); Cyle Larin, Besiktas (Turkey); Tajon Buchanan, New England Revolution (MLS); Alphonso Davies, Bayern Muich (Germany); David (Junior) Hoilett, Reading (England); Liam Millar, FC Basel (Switzerland); Jacob Shaffelburg, Toronto FC (MLS).