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Jakovic, who as a child moved with his family to Toronto amid ethnic warfare in what is now Croatia, has been called up for Canada’s past four World Cup qualifiers but hasn’t seen the field.

When the Canadians wrap the semifinal stage with games Oct. 12 against Cuba and Oct. 16 at Honduras, though, his form on the club level may force national team coach Stephen Hart to reconsider.

“It’s the same to me, whether it’s with Canada or it’s with D.C.,” said Jakovic, who Thursday was named to Canada’s upcoming roster. “I’m just focused, I feel great, and I’m playing with confidence.”