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Gold Cup : No Montreal Impact Players selected and It's A Good thing

Colin Miller and the CSA have just announced 22 of the 23 players that will represent Canada at the 2013 Gold Cup. Not surprising but still a source of debate, Patrice Bernier is not in the training camp roster.

No Bernier in Red
No Bernier in Red
J. Meric

Patrice Bernier was not selected among the 22-man roster of the Canadian National Team, led by interim head coach Collin Miller. Not selected with Canada since the debacle in Honduras, Bernier would have deserved a call-up but a choice was made and it seems that both sides have an unspoken understanding.

It is good news for the Montreal Impact as the club will not lose one of the most (if not the most) important player in its squad. Patrice Bernier initially reacted, to the microphone of Mount Royal Soccer and Soccer Sans Frontieres, after the initial 35-man preliminary roster came out 2 weeks ago

Notable omissions from the final list are Dwayne De Rosario, Atiba Hutchinson and Andre Hainault who were in the intial 35-man preliminary roster. The new leader seems to be Will Johnson who represents Canada's hope to lead a younger squad to some kind of result at the Gold Cup. Young players include Toronto FC's Jonathan Osorio, Kyle Bekker, Doneil Henry and Ashtone Morgan. You can also add Russell Teibert of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

As per the Canadian Soccer Association

Canada will announce its final Gold Cup roster (up to 23 players) on Friday 28 June in conjuction with CONCACAF's announcement of rosters for all 12 teams in the tournament. Players will begin arriving into camp in Oxnard on Wednesday 26 June.

FULL CANADA ROSTER

CANADA (position | name | current club)
GK- Milan Borjan | TUR / Sivasspor
GK- Lars Hirschfeld | NOR / Vålerenga Fotball
GK- Simon Thomas | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D- Marcel de Jong | GER / FC Augsburg
D- David Edgar | ENG / Burnley FC
D- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Adam Straith | Unattached / sans club
D/M- Nik Ledgerwood | SWE / Hammarby Fotboll
M- Keven Aleman | ESP / Real Valladolid
M- Kyle Bekker | CAN / Toronto FC
M - Julian de Guzman | Unattached / sans club
M- Will Johnson | USA / Portland Timbers
M- Issey Nakajima-Farran | CYP / Alki Larnaca
M- Jonathan Osorio | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Pedro Pacheco | POR / C.D. Santa Clara
M- Samuel Piette | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M/F- Randy Edwini-Bonsu | Unattached / sans club
F- Marcus Haber | ENG / Stevenage FC
F- Simeon Jackson | Unattached / sans club
F- Tosaint Ricketts | NOR / Sandnes Ulf