Canadian men’s national team manager John Herdman has called up a trio of replacements to his squad ahead of a CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying tilt against French Guiana (March 24 at BC Place, 3:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. ET), with Toronto FC midfielder Jay Chapman and Liam Fraser and Orlando City’s Kamal Miller stepping in for Alphonso Davies, Scott Arfield and Will Johnson.
Johnson’s absence from this squad is worth noting as the Lions’ midfield enforcer had earned his way back into the initial roster due to a series of impressive showings to kick off the 2019 MLS season. He had last appeared for Canada in 2017, and was not called up since Herdman’s most recent wave of player selections.
In his stead comes Orlando’s Miller, who earns his first call-up to the Canadian men’s national team. The 21-year-old defender had previously represented Canada at the Under-20 level during the 2017 CONCACAF Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Chapman comes into the squad having fortuitously provided an assist to Jordan Hamilton in Toronto FC’s latest 3-2 win over the New England Revolution, finding his fellow Canadian with a cross at the end of a deflection that led to calls of offside, which the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) confirmed did not apply.
Meanwhile, Davies’ absence will sting the most for fans in Vancouver, and the former Whitecaps man – now at Bayern Munich – was a favourite among the crowd at BC Place during his time in MLS. Davies recently made headlines for scoring his first goal in the Bundesliga with the Bavarian outfit, capping off a resounding 6-0 win over Mainz.
National team captain Arfield returned from injury and was named to the first wave of call-ups, but has now been dropped for Toronto FC youngster Liam Fraser.
No reason was listed for the replacements, though Sportsnet’s John Molinaro reports the three were left out due to injury concerns.
Will Johnson (concussion), Scott Arfield (quad) out for #canMNT. Alphonso Davies also out with what sounds like a minor injury – Bayern medical staff still examining him, and they have to talk with Canada Soccer. But Davies will not be released to play in Sunday’s game.
— John Molinaro (@JohnMolinaro) March 18, 2019