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National defender Carlyle Mitchell is sure to be a key member of this country’s defensive line up at the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup.

Mitchell is back in the Vancouver Whitecaps team and has admitted that the playing time with the American MLS club has benefitted him in recent weeks. He was recalled to the Whitecaps team from Edmonton FC.

The central defender feels playing in Edmonton under former Whitecaps assistant coach and current interim Canada boss Colin Miller over the past couple of months, has helped his game.

“The loan at FC Edmonton has been a pretty good experience,” Mitchell said. “I got playing time under my belt, so I’ve got to bring some of my experience from FC Edmonton to this game.”

“Now I’m focusing on my game and I’m happy with the way things have gone. I’m also looking forward to rejoining the national team for the Gold Cup which is going to be a big tournament for us.”