Cantave breaks provisional selection for World Cup qualification

Canadian-born midfielder Mikael Cantave is nearing a return to the Haiti national team The Grenadiers prepare for two World Cup qualifiers next month.

The Caribbean nation will head to Bridgetown in June to take on St. Lucia and Barbados, kicking off the second round of group qualifying. Head coach Sebastien Migne has collected 31 names on the country’s provisional squad list, but will reduce that selection ahead of the matches.

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Last October, Mikael returned to the Haiti national team for the first time in two years, where he played in two Nations League matches against Suriname and Jamaica. Before that, he last played for Haiti in a World Cup qualifier in 2021, before his time in Canada’s top flight.

Forge’s Garven Metusala is also on Haiti’s preliminary list, as are a pair of other Canada-based players in Whitecaps forward Fabrice Picault and TFC’s Derrick Etienne.

Meet: Mikael Cantave

The forward played seventy-two minutes against Atletico Ottawa this weekend, which is his biggest appearance of the season so far. He came off the bench in five other games before that, but seems to be finding his fitness.

Born in Ottawa, Cantave is eligible to represent Haiti through his father and has made 13 appearances for the country since his debut in 2018. Before that, he played for Canada at the U-17 level.

While it remains to be seen if Mikael Cantave’s name will appear on the final roster, his stock in the national team lineup has clearly increased between his time with Cavalry and Vancouver FC.

With games against St. Lucia and Barbados scheduled for June 6 and 9, he will certainly miss the club’s away trip to York United… but he should be back in time for a home game for Kelowna.

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