Canada’s Men’s U-17 Team has a tough road as they chase history at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship that is about set to get underway in San Pedro Sula, HON.
Head Coach Sean Fleming has selected the 20 players who will have the difficult task of getting Canada out of Group B towards the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.
“We know with the qualifying procedure how difficult it will be with games every third day with the heat,” said Fleming. “And we know the quality of the opponents. It’s a very tough group compared to the other group, in my opinion, and it’s going to be five very good quality games.”
Canada opens action on Saturday 28 February against Haiti (kickoff 19.30 local / 20.30 ET / 17.30 PT). After that, the team has two days off between each game against Costa Rica (3 March 19.30 local), Mexico (6 March 19.30 local), St. Lucia (9 March 19.30 local), and Panama (12 March 19.30 local).
Canada has qualified for the last two FIFA U-17 World Cup competitions. They also qualified to back-to-back FIFA U-17 World Championships in 1993 and 1995 so the team hopes to head into uncharted territory as the team that gets Canada into the tournament for the third time in a row for the first time in its history.
“It’s going to take a very disciplined, committed team effort,” said Fleming, of what it will take to get the team back to the FIFA U-17 World Cup. “I think that we are strong as a team, and that we will be difficult to play against. If we become individuals, it would be not to our advantage to do so.”
All of Canada’s group stage games take place at 19.30 local time (20.30 ET / 17.30 PT) at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, HON. The two-group winners advance to the finals with their spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup assured while the second and third placed teams in each group will play off for the two remaining spots.
Canada Soccer will have live match tweets @CanadaSoccerEN and will bring you post match reports and reactions from Honduras. You can follow on canadasoccer.com and Canada Soccer TV. The results of the other matches can be found on concacaf.com.
GK- Brogan Engbers | CAN / Toronto FC
GK- Luciano Trasolini | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Matthew Baldisimo | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Gabriel Boakye | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Dante Campbell | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Kadin Chung | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Andrew Dias | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Kosovar Sadiki | ENG / Stoke City Academy
M- Tristan Borges | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Aidan Daniels | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Rich Ennin | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Thomas Mickoski | CAN / North Toronto Nitros
M- Harrison Paton | CAN / Fulham FC U-18 Academy
M- Munir Saleh | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Jean-Yves Tabla | unattached / sans club
F- Terran Campbell | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Duwayne Ewart | unattached / sans club
F- Malik Johnson | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Cyrus Rollocks | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Daniel Sagno | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency