Houston Dynamo defender André Hainault has been called up to the Canadian men’s national team ahead of its international friendly against the United States on June 3 in Toronto. Following the match, Canada will continue its quest to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with qualifiers at Cuba (June 8) and home to Honduras (June 12).
Hainault, 25, has been capped 24 times by Canada. The Montreal native played the full 90 minutes of each of Canada’s three matches during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Dynamo defender will join the Canadian Soccer Association in Ft. Lauderdale on May 27, where the team will train ahead of its friendly against the United States. The match will mark the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Soccer Association.
Hainault has started seven of Houston’s nine games thus far in the 2012 MLS campaign. The right back has scored one goal this season, a dramatic game-winning goal in the second minute of stoppage time on March 11 at Chivas USA. Hainault also assisted Brad Davis’ goal to open BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12.
Following his international stint, Hainault will rejoin the Dynamo in time for the Texas Derby against FC Dallas on June 16 at BBVA Compass Stadium (ESPN2, 4 p.m. CT).