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Canada fall 1:2 at Concacaf Under-20 Championship

Posted on 8 November 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

A second half goal from Jordan Peruzza was not enough for Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-20 National Team to defeat St. Kitts and Nevis action at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship 2018. Two first half goals from St. Kitts and Nevis saw Canada stall on six points tied for second in Group D. The young Canadians will play Martinique on 10 November live on

Despite having the majority of possession, Canada were unable to capitalize in the first half. St. Kitts and Nevis scored in the 22’ and the 38’. In the 72’, after a long run from Émile Legault resulted in a Canadian free kick at the top of the 18, Jordan Perruzza drove the free kick into the left side of the goal to pull Canada to within one.

“This is part of the opportunity to learn and prepare these players, who are going to be able to move onto the Men’s National Team, what Concacaf is.” said Men’s National Team U-20 Head Coach Andrew Olivieri, “I think these players are coming out with those learnings.”

Canada’s starting lineup featured Thomas Hasal in goal, Émile Legault at right back, Antonio Romero and Yohan Le Bourhis at centre back, Terique Mohammed at left back, and Benson Fazili, Noag Verhoeven, captain Noble Okello, José Hernández, Adonijah Reid and Theo Bair from the midfield up through to the attack.

In the second half, coach Andrew Olivieri replaced Hernández with Mathieu Choinière and Reid with Jordan Perruzza (46'), and Legault with Clément Bayiha (83’).

The Canada-St. Kitts and Nevis match was one of eight matches at the IMG Center in Bradenton on Thursday 8 November as part of the 87-match 2018 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship.

The road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 through Concacaf competition is a challenging task, with Canada's last qualification at a FIFA men's youth tournament in 2013 and last participation at a FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007. With the revamped format of 34 nations and now five group opponents in the initial phase, ‎Canada will face strong opposition across a tough schedule with five matches in nine days.

"It’s going to be tough qualifying as it always is, but we are at the start of a new journey with our program laying the foundations of culture and tactical identity," said John Herdman, Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Head Coach and Men's EXCEL Program Director. "We have a new Men's EXCEL Program that will begin to expose our players more consistently to those foundations, yet we know that our players are highly motivated and will be giving their best to qualify."


Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team.

Canada Soccer's Men's National Youth Teams have won two Concacaf titles: both the 1986 and 1996 Concacaf Men's Youth Championships. Canada have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and six editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.


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