Canada m17 to participate in Torneo della Nazioni
Posted on 17 April 2012 in Men's U-17 Team
Canada's men's U-17 team will participate in the Torneo della Nazioni, an eight-team international tournament in Trieste, Italy from 25-29 April 2012. The tournament will feature two groups of four teams, with Canada facing Israel, Slovenia and Italy in the Group B matches from 25-27 April. Semi-final and final matches are 28 and 29 April, with Group B teams meeting Group A teams in the cross-over semi-final phase (Croatia, Finland, Mexico and Montenegro).
Canada's U-17 camp will run from 18-30 April, with the team commencing in Verona before transferring to Trieste on 24 April. In advance of the Torneo della Nazioni, Canada will face Mexico in a Men's U-17 International Friendly match on 21 April 2012.
Canadian U-17 coach Sean Fleming has selected 18 players for this particular camp and tournament, with all players born in 1996 or 1997. This marks the first project for the U-17 program, which will continue to build towards next year's 2013 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship in Ciudad de Panama and La Chorrera, Panama.
"It is exciting to get this group together in our first development opportunity towards next year's CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship," said Fleming.
Of the 18 players selected, 14 of them have previous national youth team experience from 2011 or earlier. The four footballers new to the Canadian youth program are Billy Bitihene, Marco Bustos, Mikaël Cantave and Alex Comsia.
Just last week, CONCACAF announced that the 2013 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship will run 6-19 April 2013 at the Estadio Rommel Fernández and Estadio Agustin Muquita Sánchez. The 12-team tournament will qualify four teams for the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013.
GK- Marco Carducci | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
GK- Daniel Milton | CAN / Ajax Thunder
D- Alex Comsia | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Ian Fernandes | CAN / West Rouge SC
D- Jordan Haynes | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Leonardo Kossaka | CAN / AS Sherbrooke Ouest
D- Aron Mkungilwa | CAN / Laser
D- Matteo Restrepo | CAN / Woodbridge SC
M- Billy Bitihene | ITA / Brescia Calcio
M- Marco Bustos | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Mikaël Cantave | FRA / FC Nantes
M- Marco-Leonel Dominguez | CAN / Braves d'Ahuntsic
M- Kianz Gonzales-Froese | FRA / Mainz 05
M- Phillip Makinde | CAN / Brampton Youth
M- Derick Sequeira | CAN / Brampton Youth SC
F- Hanson Boakai | CAN / Xtreme FC
F- Andrew Gordon | CAN / North Scarborough SC
F- Jordan Hamilton | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
Bitihene, Billy | 1997 | |
Boakai, Hanson | 1996 | Edmonton, AB, CAN |
Bustos, Marco | 1996 | Winnipeg, MB, CAN |
Cantave, Mikaël | 1996 | Ottawa, ON, CAN |
Carducci, Marco | 1996 | Calgary, AB, CAN | MSB United
Comsia, Alex | 1996 | North Vancouver, BC, CAN | Lynn Valley SA
Dominguez, Marco-Leonel | 1996 | Montréal, QC, CAN | Braves d'Ahuntsic Concordia
Fernandes, Ian | 1996 | Scarborough, ON, CAN | North Scarborough SC
Gonzales-Froese, Kianz | 1996 | CUB & Winnipeg, MB, CAN |
Gordon, Andrew | 1997 | North York, ON, CAN | Green Sharks
Hamilton, Jordan | 1996 | Scarborough, ON, CAN | North Scarborough SC
Haynes, Jordan | 1996 | Peterborough, ON, CAN | Cavan Maple Leaf
Kossaka, Leonardo | 1996 | Sherbrooke, QC, CAN | Academia do Cruseiro
Makinde, Phillip | 1996 | Richmond Hill, ON, CAN | Tigers FC
Milton, Daniel | 1996 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax SC
Mkungilwa, Aron | 1996 | Joliette, QC, CAN | Laser SC
Restrepo, Matteo | 1997 | Toronto, ON, CAN |
Sequeira, Derick | 1996 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Chilelindo