Goalkeeper James Pantemis, defender Kamal Miller, midfielder Samuel Piette and forward Romell Quioto have been called up by their respective nations ahead of the next round of Concacaf qualifying matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Canada will play both games of this international break at home; Costa Rica on November 12 at 9:05pm at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton before facing top-ranked Mexico four evenings later at the same venue.
Sam Piette recently won his 60th Canadian cap in the 4-1 defeat of Panama and Miller, now a regular in the national team’s back line, has accumulated 16. James Pantemis, while having several caps at under-age level, has yet to make his full international debut.
Romell Quioto, 53
caps (11 goals), will join up with Honduras, who face Panama at home in the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano before travelling to take on Costa Rica in San Jose, with dates mirroring those of Canada’s games respectively.
Since recording a 1-1 draw against Canada in Toronto in the opening game of the Hex, Honduras’ form has not been stellar. That result was followed by 2 more draws and 3 defeats, two of which came at home to the US and Jamaica, the Reggae Boyz breathing life into their own flailing campaign.
Canada on the other hand has gone from strength to strength, tying away from home with both traditional heavyweights, Mexico and USA.
The Canadians sit third in the table, well-placed for a first qualification since 1986. With expectancy levels on the rise the aim is to remain unbeaten and at least increase daylight between themselves and 5th-placed Costa Rica by winning that particular match-up.