Jacob Shaffelburg called up to Canadian national team

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville SC winger Jacob Shaffelburg has been called up to the Canadian national team for their pre-World Cup friendly against Bahrain on November 11.

As the camp takes place outside the official international window, the 21-player roster includes 20 players from Major League Soccer. It’s expected that Canada’s World Cup roster will look very different, but it gives players an opportunity to make one last push for the World Cup squad.

Shaffelburg, 22, joined Nashville SC on loan from Toronto FC in early August. The Nova Scotia native notched two goals in eight appearances for Nashville down the stretch, contributing to an attacking surge from the ‘Yotes en route to a third-consecutive playoff appearance.

Shaffelburg has previously been capped three times at the senior level for Canada. He made his debut in a January 2020 friendly against Barbados, and later came off the bench in World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama in October 2021.

While he’s likely a long shot to make the final World Cup roster, his strong club form was rewarded with a call-up to camp, and the potential to work his way into further consideration.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids.

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