Canada Soccer’s Futsal National Team Head Coach Kyt Selaidopoulos has named a 14-player roster ahead of the start of the 2021 Concacaf Futsal Championship taking place from 3-9 May 2021 in Guatemala City. The top four teams from the fourteen-team Concacaf Futsal Championship, that was postponed from 2020 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, will advance to the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021. Canada has been drawn into Group B with reigning Concacaf Champions Costa Rica and Haiti. Canada finished within a single point of advancing at the 2016 Concacaf Fustal Championship.
“We have a committed group of players that have been focused on this opportunity to wear the red and white and represent their country with the goal of qualifying for Lithuania,” said Selaidopoulos. “Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the players have committed to their training, to staying connected with the group, and to leaving it all on the floor in Guatemala.”
Canada Soccer’s Futsal National Team last played in a two-match away series against Costa Rica in which they defeated the perennial Concacaf powerhouse 2:1 in the opening match on a first half goal from 2019 Canadian Futsal Player of the Year Nazim Belguendouz and a second half winner from 2020 Canadian Futsal Player of the Year Mo Farsi and drew the second match 2:2 behind a pair of high-pressure own goals from Costa Rica.
Canada Soccer’s Futsal National Team
Futsal is a unique, fast-paced indoor sport played across Canada and around the world. Canada Soccer is committed to the growth and promotion of the game. At the elite club level, Canada Soccer supports domestic competition through the annual Canada Soccer Futsal Canadian Championship. Canada Soccer also supports playing opportunities provided by the Futsal National Team in international competitions including the Concacaf Futsal Championship and FIFA Futsal World Cup.
GK- Joshua Lemos | USA / Milwaukee Wave
GK- Louis-Philippe Simard | CAN / Spartiates Sports Club
D- Daniel Chamale | USA / Milwaukee Wave
D- Bila Dicko-Raynauld | CAN / Sporting Québec FC
D- Eduardo Jauregui | CAN / Toronto Idolo Futsal
D- Maxime Leconte | CAN / Spartiates Sports Club
M- Nazim Belguendouz | CAN / Spartiates Sports Club
M- Ian Bennett | USA / Milwaukee Wave
M- Nico Gonzales | CAN / Calgary Villains
M- Safwan Mlah* | CAN / Sporting Montreal
M- Robert Renaud | USA / Milwaukee Wave
M- Luis Rocha* | CAN / Toronto Idolo Futsal
M- Marco Rodriguez | CAN / Toronto Idolo Futsal
T- Damian Graham | CAN / Toronto Idolo Futsal
T- Frederico Moojen | USA / Dallas Sidekicks
T- Jason Quezada | USA / Miami