Former Maryland men’s soccer goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair was named on Sunday to Canada’s 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
St. Clair joins former Terps Rodney Wallace (2018, Costa Rica), Omar Gonzalez (2014, USA), Graham Zusi (2014, USA), Maurice Edu (2010, USA), Clarence Goodson (2010, USA) and Desmond Armstrong (1990, USA) as participants in soccer’s most prestigious tournament. All but Goodson appeared in a match at the World Cup.
A native of Pickering, Ontario, St. Clair had a decorated career at Maryland that finished with the 2018 National Championship. He was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the College Cup after helping the Terps not allow a goal for the entire tournament, and the last 500 minutes of the season. He led the nation in minutes played for a goalkeeper that season, was 11th in goals against average and 12th in save percentage. During his career, St. Clair went 24-12-8 as a starter.
St. Clair was selected seventh overall by Minnesota United in the MLS SuperDraft. He has since emerged as a star for the Loons, making 49 starts and helping the team reach the MLS Cup playoffs the last three seasons. He was named MLS All-Star Game MVP this year.
A longtime member of the Canadian Youth National Team, St. Clair has made one appearance for the senior national team and was included on the roster for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Canada will begin its World Cup campaign against Belgium (2 p.m. Nov. 23, FOX) before facing Croatia (11 a.m. Nov. 27, FOX) and Morocco (10 a.m. Dec. 1, FOX/FS1).
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