Canada M20 Head Coach sees depth in Canadian system


Canada’s Men’s U-20 Team Head Coach, Rob Gale, has some tough decisions to make as his team marches on towards next year’s CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championships which serve as qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.

Gale got a look at some of the talents he’ll have at his disposal this past week as he got a group together for a first camp in Sunrise, Florida, USA.

And, in what is hopefully going to be a trend going forward, he’s discovered that there’s a surplus of depth in the team that bodes well for the future of the men’s program.

“The one thing with this squad now is we have a good strength in depth, which has not always been the case with our Canadian youth squads,” said Gale. “It’s a testament to what is being done in the technical department as we build our player pools and we’ve also got some players in great environments. Overall I was delighted with the camp and the attitude of the players was first class.”

The camp featured an intrasquad game as well as scrimmages against teams from the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League, and Orlando City FC, who is soon to join Major League Soccer.

The next preparation for the squad is the Dale Farm Milk Cup in Northern Ireland that takes place later this summer but the early returns as that there’s lots of talent coming through the Canadian system.

“I’ve got some difficult decisions to make going ahead with the Milk Cup and getting into that rhythm of tournament football again, which is going to be vital for us as we build towards qualifying.”

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