Canada ready for action at CONCACAF U-20 Championship
Posted on 17 February 2013 in Men's U-20 Team
Canada will kick off its campaign at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday 18 February (local kick-off 20.00) with an opening day match against Cuba at the Estadio Universitario BUAP in Puebla, Mexico.
The match will be streamed live in Canada at Sportsnet.ca (21.00 ET / 18.00 PT). Fans will also be able to follow live coverage on Twitter: @CanadaSoccerEN; as well as full pre and post-match coverage on CanadaSoccerTV.
After completing a five-day training camp in Mexico City, Head Coach Nick Dasovic is confident that his squad have achieved the right ‘focus’ ahead of Monday’s tournament-openger against Cuba.
“We had a successfull camp in Mexico City where we were able to get the players focused on the task at hand,” said Dasovic.
“We have a step-by-step plan for this competition. The boys are looking forward to the challenge.”
CANM20: Canada ready for opening-night clash with Cuba
anada’s Caribbean opponents went undefeated throughout six matches in qualifying for the CONCACAF Championship and Dasovic is well aware of the threat that the Cubans will pose.
“Cuba has some excellent results in qualifying and we know they will be a highly motivated side capable of causing us problems,” said Dasovic.
“We certainly won’t be taking them lightly.”
The top four finishers at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013 in June.
Canada will need to finish in the two places in Group B and go on to win its quarter-final on 26 February to qualify for Turkey 2013.
The Canadians will take on Nicaragua in its second of two group-stage matches on Friday 22 February.
- Defender Doneil Henry will captain Canada M20 at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
- Canada's group-stage matches at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship will be streamed, in Canada, at Sportsnet.ca. Viewers outside of Canada will be able to watch the matches on CONCACAF TV at CONCACAF.com.