Canada Soccer has announced a 20-player squad for an upcoming Men’s U-17 camp and series of 2016 international matches. The three-nation series features Canada, Mexico, and host Panama, who are also the host for next year’s 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship.
The nine-day camp runs 10-18 September, with matches to be played on 13 September (Panama v Mexico), 15 September(Canada v Mexico), and 17 September (Panama v Canada).
“This is a great opportunity to play in Panama and to see what it will be like in April with the climate and the atmosphere,” said Paul Stalteri, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U-17 Team Coach. “This will be another good test for these players.”
This marks the third camp for the group in 2016, following anevaluation camp in February and a pair of international matches in April. From the group of 20 players invited to the September camp, four are new to the national youth program.
“This is another good opportunity to see where we stand (as well as) a big opportunity for the new kids that haven’t been with us before.”
Canada’s 20 players are all born 2000 or later, making them eligible for next year’s CONCACAF and FIFA U-17 competitions. Many of the players in this group have been part of Canada Soccer’s men’s national youth program since 2014.
Next year’s CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship runs 21 April to 7 May in Panama. From 12 nations, the top four will qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 (dates yet to be announced).
In preparation for 2017, the Panama trip is one of two Canada camps organised this month in a CONCACAF host nation. Earlier this month, Canada’s U-20 squad played in Costa Rica, host nation for the 2017 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territorial partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.
GK- Gianluca Catalano | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
GK- Sebastian Sgarbossa | CAN / Waterloo United
CB- Julian Dunn-Johnson | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
CB- Afram Gorgees | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
CB- Antonio Rocco Romeo | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Michael Baldisimo | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency
FB- Gabriel Escobar | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency
FB- Leekwon Kinghorn | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Jordan Brooks | ENG / Portsmouth FC Academy
M- Jordan Faria | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Benson Fazili | CAN / Ottawa Internationals SC
M- Alessandro Hojabrpour | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency
M- Noble Okello | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Sammy Tojaga | USA / Real Salt Lake Academy
F- Zakaria Abdi | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Jefferson Alade | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency
F- Olakunle Dada-Luke | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Jonathan David | CAN / Ottawa Internationals SC
F- Terique Mohammed | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Jean-Arnaud Tano | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal