Jonathan Osorio, Cyle Larin, Ismaël Koné named to CONCACAF Nations League A Best XI
Following a window which saw the Canadian men’s national team book their place in the 2023 CONCACAF Nations League Finals, a trio of stars were named to League A’s Best XI.
CanMNT all-time top goal scorer Cyle Larin, as well as midfield engines Jonathan Osorio and Ismaël Koné each earned best XI nods after playing pivotal roles in ensuring Canada advanced from their group.
Les Rouges recorded two comfortable victories in March, dispatching Curaçao and Honduras 2-0 and 4-1, respectively, to punch their ticket to Las Vegas.
Toronto FC’s all-time leader in appearances, Osorio, played the full 90 in both of Canada’s matches, which once again highlights just how valuable the 30-year-old remains to the men’s national team program. In addition to a composed performance against Curaçao, Osorio provided an assist and found the back of the net at BMO Field as he put the cherry on top with Canada’s fourth goal of the night against Honduras.
Larin got himself on the scoresheet in both fixtures, grabbing the second goal against Curaçao before bagging a first half brace at BMO Field against the Hondurans. The Brampton native has now scored a total of 28 goals for the men’s national team, sitting four clear of his closest challenger, Jonathan David.
As for Koné, he may have not contributed directly to any of Canada’s six goals during the March window, but his performances in the middle of the park were integral to Les Rouges’ success both on the road in Curaçao and against a feisty Honduras side. On the Watford man’s showing at BMO Field, head coach John Herdman described it as “one of the best midfield performances I’ve ever seen in the time I’ve been here.”
The trio will now have eyes on building off of their impressive displays for their country when they return to action at the club level this weekend.
Canadian soccer fans have already begun looking ahead to Les Rouges’ trip to Las Vegas for the Nations League Finals in June, and it looks as though Larin, Osorio, and Koné will play key roles yet again.