(ISN) – With the Junior Pan American Championships just three months away, the Men’s Junior National Team (MJNT) is heading to Guadalajara, Mexico to continue their intensive training. From June 15 – 17, Canada will compete against Mexico’s Junior National Team in a series of three matches.
The series will give the MJNT a chance to experience the pitch and venue they will see again in September at the Junior Pan American Championships. The team will be able to familiarize themselves with the logistical challenges they may face in Guadalajara.
The Junior Canadians have proven themselves a force to be reckoned with over the past few months. In December, they had a successful series against the US, walking away with three victories, one draw and zero losses. Canada dominated Chile, winning seven straight matches in March. When put to the test against Argentina, the MJNT competed with grit and determination – finishing with one win and one loss, both matches within one point. (Click here to view details of the MJNT Chile Tour in March).
“We don’t want any surprises come September,” says MJNT Head Coach Mathias Ahrens. “This tour is a vital part of our preparation, and I expect to see the players fighting to be selected onto this winning team.”
MEN’S JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Matthew Bissett (New Westminster, BC) – Tristan Burgoyne (Vancouver, BC) – Ali Currimbhoy (Burnaby, BC) – Adrien d’Andrade (Coquitlam, BC) – Harmann Grewal (Surrey, BC) – Brenden Bissett (New Westminster, BC) – Gordon Johnston (Vancouver, BC) – Kevin Pereira (Ajax, ON) – Arsh Buttar (Victoria, BC) – Sam Jones (Vancouver, BC) – James Kirkpatrick (Victoria, BC) – Matt Sarmento (Vancouver, BC) – Stephen Bissett (New Westminster, BC) – Taylor Curran (North Vancouver, BC) – Adam Froese (Abbotsford, BC) – Gabriel Ho-Garcia (Burnaby, BC) – Keegan Pereira (Ajax, ON) – Paul Wharton (Vancouver, BC)
Mathias Ahrens (Head Coach) – Aaron Guest (Coach) – Alvin Bissett (Team Manager) – Elianne Tielemann (Physiotherapist)