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Kyle Bekker called up by Canada for upcoming friendlies

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One of the newest FCD midfielders will be out for two friendlies.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas midfielder Kyle Bekker has received a call from the Canadian national team for two upcoming March friendlies. Canada will play Guatemala on March 27 and then a road game at Puerto Rico on March 30.

The 23-man roster assembled by head coach Benito Floro will begin training in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, March 22, before venturing to Fort Lauderdale for their match against Guatemala at Lockhart Stadium.

Shortly afterward, Canada will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday, March 29, in advance of their match, which takes place on Monday, March 30, at the Estadio Juan Roman Loubriel in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Bekker is one of nine MLS players that have received a call from Canada (see roster below). He was brought in to Dallas during the offseason in a trade with Toronto FC. He played in his first match last weekend for FC Dallas, as a second half substitute against Sporting KC. He drew a yellow card just moments after entering the game.

Bekker joins FC Dallas forward Blas Perez on the international call up list for the club. Perez received a call from Panama for their upcoming games as well. Interestingly enough, Canada didn't try to call Tesho Akindele up. Maybe they have let that ship sail.

CANADA ROSTER

GK- Milan Borjan | SRB / FK Radnički Niš
GK- Quillan Roberts | CAN / Toronto FC
GK- Kenny Stamatopoulos | SWE / AIK
D- Samuel Adekugbe | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D- Andre Hainault | GER / VfR Aalen
D- Luca Gasparotto | SCO / Rangers FC (on loan at Airdrieonians FC)
D- Dejan Jakovic | JPN / Shimizu S-Pulse
D- Manjrekar James | HON / Pécsi MFC
D- Karl W. Ouimette | USA / New York Red Bulls
D/M- Marcel de Jong | USA / Sporting Kansas City
D/M- David Edgar | ENG / Birmingham City FC (on loan at Huddersfield Town AFC)
D/M- Nik Ledgerwood | GER / Energie Cottbus
D/M- Maxim Tissot | CAN / Impact de Montréal
M- Kyle Bekker | USA / FC Dallas
M- Julian de Guzman | unattached / sans club
M- Randy Edwini-Bonsu | GER / Stuttgarter Kickers
M- Simeon Jackson | ENG / Coventry City
M- Christopher Mannella | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Samuel Piette | ESP / Deportivo la Coruna
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M/F- Tosaint Ricketts | ISR / Hapoel Haifa
F- Marcus Haber | ENG / Crewe Alexandra
F- Cyle Larin | USA / Orlando City SC