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Adekugbe, Teibert Called Up For World Cup Qualifying vs. Belize

Two of Vancouver's Homegrown contingent will join the Canadian men's national team (CanMNT) in preparations for a two-legged series in September.

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Now that the Voyageurs Cup party has died down somewhat, it's time to put our focus on other competitions of importance to the Canadian soccer fan - World Cup qualifying, for example. Canada is set to take on Belize in a two-legged fixture this September, playing the home leg first at BMO Field in Toronto on Friday, September 4th before jetting off to FFB Field in Belmopan for the second leg on Tuesday, September 8th.

Since losing at this stage of qualifying would be an unthinkable calamity, Canada head coach Benito Floro has not spared the big guns in his call-ups, recalling goalkeeper Milan Borjan and midfielder Atiba Hutchinson who were not with the Gold Cup squad. Joining them will be two Vancouver Whitecaps players who are no strangers to the CanMNT setup: Russell Teibert and Sam Adekugbe. Here's the full roster:

Player Club
Milan Borjan
Ludogorets Razgrad
Maxime Crépeau
Impact Montréal
Kenny Stamatopoulos
AIK Fotbol
David Edgar
Sheffield United
Luca Gasparotto
Greenock Morton FC
Manjrekar James
Diósgyöri VTK
Samuel Adekugbe
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Marcel de Jong
Sporting Kansas City
Nik Ledgerwood Energie Cottbus
Karl W. Ouimette
New York Red Bulls
Tesho Akindele
FC Dallas
Kyle Bekker
Impact Montréal
Atiba Hutchinson
Beşiktaş JK
Will Johnson
Portland Timbers FC
Issey Nakajima-Farran
Terengganu FA
Michael Petrasso
Queens Park Rangers
Samuel Piette Racing Ferrol
Adam Straith Fredrikstad FK
Russell Teibert Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Marcus Haber Crewe Alexandra
Cyle Larin Orlando City SC
Tosaint Ricketts Boluspor FC

It's worth noting that Adekugbe, Crépeau, Gasparotto and Petrasso have not been capped at the senior international level. While it's unlikely that Crépeau sees time ahead of Borjan, I wouldn't be surprised to see sub duty for the other three. Since Adekugbe accepted the call, it's fair to assume his injury troubles may finally be behind him - a good sign for the Whitecaps with three more CONCACAF Champions League matches to come.

Also, how good is it to see whatever bugaboo existed between Teibert and Floro exorcised? You'd have to think Teibert is a mainstay in the squad going forward. His versatility and workrate are unimpeachable and Floro would be foolish to leave that kind of asset behind.

The winner of this two-legged fixture moves onto the fourth round of World Cup qualifying, joining Mexico, Honduras and either El Salvador or Curaçao in a group stage that runs from mid-November 2015 to early September 2016.