The 30-year-old hometown standout suffered a head injury that he described as causing “neurological dysfunction” after a crash during a July 13 Reds game at Chicago Fire FC. I am recovering.
Osorio was named to Canada’s starting 27-man roster but will be out this month, joining captain and fellow midfielder Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas). Hutchinson, 39, is leading Canada with his 97 caps, is recovering from a bone bruise and is yet to make an appearance in his rig for Turkey’s Spel this year.
Osorio, who will become a free agent after Toronto’s 2022 season, is one of the program’s most experienced players. He scored his seven goals in his 55 caps and appeared in all but one match as Canada topped Conca Cafe his octagonal qualifying format ahead of Mexico and the United States.
During the 2022 MLS season, Osorio was Toronto’s leading scorer with nine goals and six assists in 23 games (20 starts). This surpasses his two total goals and assists in the 2018 season (17 games). He has been playing for the Reds since his 2013 season and has the most appearances (259) in history.
Osorio’s World Cup hopes are never lost. Canada will face Japan in a tune-up on November 17th, before Group F matches begin on November 23rd against European powerhouses Belgium. Group F will also feature 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia (27 November) and Morocco (1 December) of Africa.
Canada’s MLS contingent for the September window currently stands at 10 players, on pace of 5 players from CF Montreal. They will face Qatar on Friday at 1pm ET in Vienna, Austria.