Former CPL defender Dominick Zator earns CanMNT call-up after Poland move
John Herdman and Canada Soccer are yet to officially name the Canadian men’s national team squad for the upcoming March international window, but it seems as though at least one uncapped player will make the grade.
According to his club Korona Kielce, Dominick Zator has earned a call-up to CanMNT camp for the team’s CONCACAF Nations League clashes with Curaçao and Honduras later this month.
Zator will be a familiar name to Canadian Premier League fans.
After time spent with the Calgary Foothills and Vancouver Whitecaps’ reserve side Whitecaps 2 earlier in his career, the now-28-year-old made a name for himself in the CPL with first Cavalry FC and then York United.
With Cavalry, he was a key player as the Calgary side reached the 2019 CPL Finals and also scored the winning goal against the Vancouver Whitecaps – his former employers – in the Canadian Championship quarter-finals as Cavalry became the first CPL side to beat an MLS team. That form saw him become the third CPL star to earn a call-up to CanMNT camp in 2019, although he didn’t get to make his debut.
He was also a key piece at York United during his two years there before he made the move to Poland in January of this year, one of the more high-profile transfers from the CPL this winter.
The right-back has played seven matches in the Polish Ekstraklasa since his move, going the full 90 in six of those.
“I knew this is a big opportunity for me to showcase my abilities in a top division European club and I think that might be enough to spark the interest of the national team to possibly get called up to another camp,” Zator said at the time of his move. It seems that has materialized already.
Being something of a late bloomer, Zator has never represented Canada at any level including youth teams, so any game time in March would be his first-ever action on the national team front.
Herdman is expected to welcome several new faces into the fold for Canada’s first action since their 2022 FIFA World Cup excursion.
Canada travel to Curaçao on March 25 before hosting Honduras at Toronto’s BMO Field on March 28.