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Alphonso Davies will captain Canada at Copa America, Stephen Eustaquio named vice-captain

Canada coach Jesse Marsch has named Bayern Munich star fullback Alphonso Davies team captain ahead of Copa America.

Midfielder Stephen Eustaquio who plays in Portugal for FC Porto, was named vice-captain.

The choices do not come as a surprise.

Davies wore the captain’s armband for the June 6 friendly against the seventh-ranked Netherlands in Marsch’s first game in charge. And Eustaquio led the team out for the June 9 friendly against No. 2 France.

Longtime Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson retired last year.

The 49th-ranked Canadians open Copa America on Thursday against top-ranked Argentina at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Canada’s Copa America roster

Goalkeepers: Maxime Crepeau, Portland Timbers (MLS); Thomas McGill, Brighton and Hove Albion (England); Dayne St. Clair, Minnesota United (MLS).

Defenders: Moise Bombito, Colorado Rapids (MLS); Derek Cornelius, Malm├╢ FF (Sweden); Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich (Germany); Luc de Fougerolles, Fulham (England); Kyle Hiebert, St. Louis City SC (MLS); Alistair Johnston, Celtic (Scotland); Richie Laryea, Toronto FC (MLS); Kamal Miller, Portland Timbers (MLS).

Midfielders: Ali Ahmed, Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS); Mathieu Choiniere, CF Montreal (MLS); Stephen Eustaquio, FC Porto (Portugal); Ismael Kone, Watford (England); Jonathan Osorio, Toronto FC (MLS); Samuel Piette, CF Montreal (MLS); Jacob Shaffelburg, Nashville SC (MLS).

Forwards: Theo Bair, Motherwell (Scotland); Tajon Buchanan, Inter Milan (Italy); Jonathan David, LOSC Lille (France); Joel Waterman, CF Montreal (MLS); Cyle Larin, RCD Mallorca (Spain); Liam Millar, FC Basel (Switzerland); Tani Oluwaseyi, Minnesota United (MLS); Jacen Russell-Rowe, Columbus Crew (MLS).

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