City soccer goalkeeper chosen for Team Canada

Hamilton’s Milan Borjan has been selected to play for Canada in the upcoming Men’s International Friendly match against Armenia on Feb. 29

The goalkeeper is one of 17 players chosen by head coach Stephen Hart for the match, which falls on the first FIFA International Date of the 2012 calendar year. The Canada-Armenia match will be played in Limassol, Cyprus.

The 24-year-old Borjan was born in Knin, SFR Yugoslavia, and came to Hamilton with his family. In addition to international play, he played soccer with Mount Hamilton.

In November 2010, Milan decided to represent Canada internationally. On Feb. 3, 2011 Borjan was called up to the Canadian Senior team for a friendly against Greece on Feb. 9 and made his debut for Canada in the match. The game ended in a 1-0 loss.

That summer Borjan was called up to the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster becoming his first ever international tournament participation. Borjan played his first national team game on home soil at Toronto’s BMO Field on June 1, 2011 during a friendly against Ecuador that ended 2-2.

Milan made his Gold Cup debut on June 11 in a 1-0 victory over Guadeloupe.

With only a short training window before the Feb. 29, Hart has selected 15 players currently in season with professional clubs in Europe. Kevin McKenna and Atiba Hutchinson are the two most experienced players in the group, with the latter having only recently made his return to the first team following recovery from an injury. The third-most experienced player on the team is Julian de Guzman from Canadian club Toronto FC.

The one newcomer to the club is 17-year old midfielder Samuel Piette, who plays his professional soccer with FC Metz in France. Piette already has more than 100 days in Canadian national youth camps over the last two seasons, but this is his first call up to a national “A” camp with head coach Hart. Last year, Piette represented Canada at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011.