Winnipeg Free Press - - SPORTS -

ALLISTON, Ont. — Atiba Hutchin­son’s rea­son for end­ing a one-year hia­tus from the Cana­dian na­tional men’s soc­cer team is sim­ple.

“I kind of missed it,” he said. “It’s nice to be back.”

Hutchin­son, who last played for Canada in its fi­nal World Cup qual­i­fier last Septem­ber, is due to earn cap No. 78 — ty­ing Mark Wat­son for No. 5 on Canada’s most capped list — on Satur­day when the Cana­dian men host Ja­maica in a friendly at BMO Field.

The 34-year-old Hutchin­son is ar­guably Canada’s finest soc­cer ex­port. Since 2013, the mid­fielder has plied his trade in Turkey.

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