Just as it has been announced that the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship will take place in Honduras in February and March of next year, Canadian players hoping to don the maple leaf in that competition are getting ready for tournament action in Mexico.
Sean Fleming, the man tasked with guiding Canada to their third straight FIFA U-17 World Cup, has brought together 19 players to take part in the third edition of the Mexican Cup of Nations tournament that kicks off on Saturday 2 August in Mexico City.
“It will be great to get the group together for the second time this year,” said Fleming, who also had Canada take part in the Montaigu Tournament in France in April. “There are several new players since the France project which I hope will continue to improve the quality of the squad.”
Playing at the physically draining altitude in Mexico City, Canada will have to play through three games in three days if they want to get out of Group B in the 16-team competition.
They’ll open play on 2 August against CONCACAF foes Costa Rica before following that up with games against Korea Republic and Brazil over the next two days. The best two teams from the group will advance to the knockout round.
“We have three quality opponents in three days which will test our players and it is exactly what we want at this stage of the cycle,” said Fleming. “We will have to cope with the altitude which will be another great test for the group.”
The 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship takes place from 27 February-14 March of next year in San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras.
GK- Aidan Aylward | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
GK- Corey Chambers | IRL / Home Farm FC
D- Matthew Baldisimo | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Gabriel Boakye | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Kadin Chung | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Kosovar Sadiki | CAN / Kitchener Soccer Club
D- William Fiore | CAN / Calgary Foothills FC
M- Munir Saleh | CAN / Kitchener Soccer Club
M- Harry Paton | ENG / Fulham FC U18 Academy
M- Zorhan Bassong | BEL / RSC Anderlecht
M- Aidan Daniels | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Jordan Montoya | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Jean-Yves Tabla | CAN / Panellinios
M- Tristan Borges | CAN / West Toronto Cobras
M- Luka Gluscevic | SRB / FK Rad Beograd
M- Kevin Timacy | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Terran Campbell | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Daniel Sagno | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Malik Johnson | CAN / Toronto FC Academy