Dynamo duo get Canadian call
goalkeeper Pat Onstad and defender Andrew Hainault were called up by the
Canadian national team for its May 24 friendly against Argentina in Buenos
Aires, the Canadian Soccer Association announced today. Onstad and Hainault
will leave on Monday and are expected to miss the Dynamo’s May 22 game against
The match for Canada against Argentina will be the first between
the two countries and will be played in Estadio Monumental, home of famed club
power River Plate.
Onstad, 42, has made
56 international appearances for Canada but has not played for the
national team since August 2008. He was called into a Canadian camp earlier
this year but missed the January 31 match against Jamaica due to back spasms. If he
misses the D.C. United match, it will break a streak of 51 consecutive starts
for the Dynamo in Major League Soccer play, dating back to September 7, 2008,
which he also missed due to national team duty.
Hainault, 23, has made
16 appearances for Canada,
including the match against Jamaica
earlier this year. He is in his second year with the Dynamo after establishing
himself as a starter in 2009.
The Dynamo, currently
tied for second place in the Western Conference, will return to action on
Saturday, May 22, hosting D.C. United at Robertson Stadium at 7 p.m. Their
final home game before the league breaks for the FIFA World Cup will be held on
Saturday, May 29, when Houston
hosts the expansion Philadelphia Union. Special 4-packs featuring two free
soccer balls are available at HoustonDynamo.com.