VANCOUVER – UBC Thunderbirds defender Chris Serban has been invited to attend the last training camp for Canada’s Under-20 Men’s National Team before the selection of the final roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championships in Jamaica.
Since the CONCACAF U20 tournament, which serves as the qualifier for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015, takes place immediately following the holiday season, the team will need to be as close to match fitness as possible. And while the European based players will continue to see action with their respective clubs, a selection of largely North America-based players is in Sunrise, Fla., for a week of training, which began December 11. The last day of camp is December 17.
Canada’s 20-man roster for the CONCACAF event hasn’t been fully selected so this camp is also a final chance for players, such as Serban, to make their case for inclusion.
“The squad is not finalized yet with myself and the staff still looking to select the final squad members who have not featured with us in international competition yet this season and those that have not fully convinced us they are ready for the level of competition we face,” said Canada U20 head coach Rob Gale. “All will be afforded the opportunity to stake their claim for a spot on the plane on January 8 into Jamaica, and as it should be – it’s up to them to prove their worth.”
After arriving in Jamaica, Canada’s first game at the continental tournament will be January 10 against Haiti.
Serban, the reigning Canada West and Canadian Interuniversity Sport Rookie of the Year, played for Canada on its three-match tour of Europe in November. The first-year Sauder School of Business student from Calgary started in both of Canada’s wins, which came over Russia and the United States, and also appeared in the draw against England.
– with files from Canada Soccer