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Canada announces roster for WC qualifiers

Canada manager Stephen Hart announced his 18-man roster Thursday for two upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers, sticking with the majority of the team that played in the country's recent matches.

Nineteen-year-old Matt Stinson earned his first call-up to the national squad, and veteran midfielder Patrice Bernier was recalled following a lengthy injury absence, but otherwise the team remained nearly the same.

Canada plays its final two games in Group D of CONCACAF qualifying against St. Kitts and Nevis, with a road match on Nov. 11 and a home match Nov. 15 at BMO Field in Toronto.

The Canadians lead the group with 10 points, followed by St. Kitts and Nevis with six points, and need just one point from the two matches to secure a spot in the second round of qualifying.

Following is the complete Canada roster:

Goalkeepers: Lars Hirschfeld (Valerenga), Kenny Stamatopoulos (AIK).

Defenders: David Edgar (Burnley), Ante Jazic (Chivas USA), Mike Klukowski (Manisaspor), Nik Ledgerwood (SV Wehen Wiesbaden), Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC), Adam Straith (Energie).

Midfielders: Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault (Prussia Munster), Patrice Bernier (Lyngby), Julian de Guzman (Toronto FC), Will Johnson (Real Salt Lake), Josh Simpson (Manisaspor), Matt Stinson (Toronto FC).

Forwards: Dwayne De Rosario (D.C. United), Simeon Jackson (Norwich City), Olivier Occean (SpVgg Greuther Furth), Tosaint Ricketts (Timisoara).