Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U-20 Team have announced a 24-player squad for an upcoming preparation camp in Canada and Panama. The camp supports the team’s preparations for the upcoming CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in February 2017.
Canada’s camp will run from 12-22 January with away international matches against Panama on 19 and 21 January. From the group of 24 players in Toronto, only 20 will travel to Panama for the two matches.
“This camp gives us another chance to expose our players to the environment that we expect to face in qualifying,” said Rob Gale, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U-20 Team Coach. “This is a chance to play a very good opponent ahead of qualifying, but also a chance to see our players and continue our assessment ahead of our squad selection in February.”
The CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship runs 17 February to 6 March in San José, Costa Rica. Canada’s initial group opponents are Honduras (17 February), Mexico (20 February), and Antigua & Barbuda (23 February).
For the January camp, Canada’s squad predominantly features players from clubs in out-of-season leagues in North America. Players from Canadian MLS clubs in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montréal are included in the squad. A few players from youth clubs in Europe were also made available for the January camp.
Three debutants to Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program are Dane Domić, Diego Gutierrez, and Andrew Lebre. Two other players – Aidan Daniels and Malik Johnson – earned their first call ups since being part of the U-17 program in 2015.
While Johnson is making his debut at the U-20 level, he will be one of four players who has benefitted from more than 100 camp days across the national youth program. Other experienced players include Kadin Chung, Dante Campbell, Josh Doughty, Ballou Tabla, and Luca Uccello.
Two players unavailable through injury are goalkeepers Philip Di Bennardo and James Pantemis.
In between the January camp in Panama and the CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U-20 Team will have one more preparation camp in Mexico from 27 January to 4 February.
From the CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship, four nations will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 which runs 20 May to 11 June.
GK- Thomas Hasal | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency
GK- Dayne St. Clair | USA / University of Maryland
CB- Matt Constant | USA / University of New Mexico
CB- Andrew Lebre | ESP / Ourense CF
CB- Thomas Meilleur Giguère | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
FB- Zachary Brault-Guillard | FRA / Olympique Lyonnais
FB- Kadin Chung | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
FB- Kamal Miller | USA / Syracuse University
M- Dante Campbell | CAN / Toronto FC II
M- David Choinière | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
M- Aidan Daniels | CAN / Toronto FC II
M- Dane Domić | NED / Sparta Rotterdam
M- Joshua Doughty | Unattached / sans club
M- Liam Fraser | CAN / Toronto FC II
M- Shamit Shome | CAN / FC Edmonton
M- Elliott Simmons | ESP / Malaga U-19
M- Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
M- Luca Uccello | CAN / Toronto FC II
F- Shaan Hundal | CAN / Toronto FC II
F- Aymar Sigue | USA / Penn State University
W- Richie Ennin | CAN / Toronto FC II
W- Diego Gutiérrez | CHI / Palestino
W- Dayonn Harris | USA / Penn State University
W- Malik Johnson | CAN / Toronto FC II
Name | Birthyear | Age | City in which he grew up | Active start / first club
Brault-Guillard, Zachary | 1998 | 18 | Montréal, QC, CAN | Club Sportif Lagnieu
Campbell, Dante | 1999 | 17 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton East SC
Choinière, David | 1997 | 19 | St-Alexandre, QC, CAN | Soccer Haut-Richelieu
Chung, Kadin | 1998 | 18 | Port Coquitlam, BC, CAN | Coquitlam Metro Ford FC
Constant, Matt | 1998 | 18 | Dallas, TX, USA | Coppell YSA
Daniels, Aidan | 1998 | 18 | Markham, ON, CAN | Ajax Azzurri SC
Domić, Dane | 1998 | 18 | Calgary, AB, CAN | Bridgeland-Riverside Soccer
Doughty, Joshua | 1997 | 19 | Phoenix, AZ, USA | YMCA
Ennin, Richie | 1998 | 18 | Brampton, ON, CAN | All Nations Soccer
Fraser, Liam | 1998 | 18 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Waterloo Ducks
Gutiérrez, Diego | 1997 | 19 | QC, CAN |
Harris, Dayonn | 1997 | 19 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton East SC
Hasal, Thomas | 1999 | 17 | Saskatoon, SK, CAN | Ottawa
Hundal, Shaan | 1999 | 17 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Caledon SC
Johnson, Malik | 1998 | 18 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton East SA
Lebre, Andrew | 1997 | 19 | Mississauga, ON, CAN | Mississauga SC
Meilleur Giguère, Thomas | 1997 | 19 | L’Assomption, QC, CAN | CS L’Assomption
Miller, Kamal | 1997 | 19 | Toronto, ON, CAN |
Shome, Shamit | 1997 | 19 | Edmonton, AB, CAN | Southwest United SC
Sigue, Aymar | 1997 | 19 | St. Albert, AB, CAN | St. Albert SA
Simmons, Elliott | 1998 | 18 | Stittsville, ON, CAN | Gouldbourn
St. Clair, Dayne | 1997 | 19 | Pickering, ON, CAN | Ephinay Church Soccer League
Tabla, Ballou Jean-Yves | 1999 | 17 | Montréal, QC, CAN |
Uccello, Luca | 1997 | 19 | Richmond Hill, ON, CAN | Thornhill SC