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Canada announces U-20 coach and camp on road to Turkey 2013

Posted on 2 December 2011 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Nick Dasovic, Coach of the Men's U-20 Team

The Canadian Soccer Association has named Nick Dasovic as coach of Canada’s Men’s U-20 team on the road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013. Dasovic will start this month with a 10-day camp in Sunrise, FL, USA. The camp features 19 players born 1993 or later.

Coach Dasovic returns to the Canadian national youth program after having led Canada to a third-place finish at the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament – just one win away from winning a spot at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Dasovic has since served as an assistant coach and head coach with Toronto FC, helping his side win a pair of Nutrilite Canadian Championships (2009 and 2010). Late in 2010, he became Toronto FC’s fifth head coach.

“We are pleased to have Mr. Dasovic back in the fold of Canada’s national program,” said Tony Fonseca, the Canadian Soccer Association’s High Performance Director – Men’s. “We are confident that Nick’s knowledge and experience will help improve the players in their development towards the full national team.”

Dasovic is well versed in Canada’s national program, having made 63 appearances himself at the international “A” level from 1992 to 2004. He represented Canada in three cycles of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and also represented Canada at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2001. He then represented Canada in a fourth cycle of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers as an assistant coach to the national team. He also served as an assistant coach with Canada’s U-20 team.

Canada’s U-20 camp this December features 19 players, 16 of whom have previous experience in a national youth camp. The players come from clubs in Canada, USA, France, Germany and Spain. Of note, a few players in Canada were not called in per their year-end programs with their clubs. Also of note, goalkeeper Ricky Gomes was unavailable because of injury.

GK- Chad Bush | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
GK- Quillan Roberts | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
CB- Ben McKendry | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
CB- Daniel Stanese | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
CB- Skylar Thomas | USA / Syracuse University
FB- Dino Gardner |
FB- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
FB- Manjrekar James | CAN / Sigma FC
FB- Jordan Murrell | USA / Syracuse University
M- Bryce Alderson | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Keven Aleman | ESP / Real Valladolid
M- Oscar Cordon | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Ben Fisk | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Jonathan Lao | GER / FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt
M- Shadrack Mmunga | FRA / FC Metz
M- Samuel Piette | FRA / FC Metz
F- Caleb Clarke | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Abu Kamara | CAN / Concord
F- Stefan Vukovic | CAN / Toronto FC Academy

Team | Birthyear | Hometown | First/Active start in Soccer
Alderson, Bryce | 1994 | Kitchener, ON, CAN | Kitchener SC
Aleman, Keven | 1994 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Toronto Spanish League
Bush, Chad | 1994 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Gloucester Dragons
Clarke, Caleb | 1993 | Richmond, BC, CAN |
Cordon, Oscar | 1993 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Toronto Future Stars
Fisk, Ben | 1993 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Boston
Gardner, Dino | 1993 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Wallace Emmerson
Henry, Doneil | 1993 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Ontario Youth Soccer
James, Manjrekar | 1993 | North York, ON, CAN | North York Azzuri
Kamara, Abu | 1994 | St. Catharines, ON, CAN | Portweller League
Lao, Jonathan | 1993 | Markham, ON, CAN | Scarborough Blizzards
McKendry, Ben | 1993 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Grandview Legion
Mmunga, Shadrack | 1994 | Québec, QC, CAN | Beauport
Murrell, Jordan | 1993 | London, ENG & Markham, ON, CAN | Pinnstars FC
Piette, Samuel | 1994 | Le Gardeur, QC, CAN | Lionceaux de le Gardeur
Roberts, Quillan | 1994 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton Youth SC
Stanese, Daniel | 1994 | Pitt Meadows, BC, CAN | Coquitlam Metro Ford
Thomas, Skylar | 1993 | Pickering, ON, CAN | Pickering SC
Vukovic, Stefan | 1993 | Hamilton, ON, CAN | Hamilton Serbians

Coach / Entraîneur : Nick Dasovic
High Performance Director / Directeur de la Haute Performance : Tony Fonseca
MNT Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef ENM : Stephen Hart
Goalkeeper Coach / Entraîneur des gardiens : Marius Rovde
Fitness Coach / Préparateur physique : Paolo Pacione
Team Manager / Gérant d’équipe : Les Meszaros
Equipment Manager / Gérant de l'équipement : Davide DeDonato
Athletic Therapist / Thérapeute du sport : Al Ezaki

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