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Hart Announces Roster for Caribbean Cup

Posted on 3 August 2006 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada's Men's U-17 Team Head Coach and interim National Team boss, Stephen Hart, has announced his 18-man roster for the upcoming U-16 Caribbean Football Union's Youth Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. The young Canadians are the defending champions of the 2005 event, having rolled over Guatemala by a score of 4-0 in last year's final.

This year's 28-team tournament will take place from August 14-27 with 23 teams from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) along with invited teams El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala and Mexico joining Canada to round out the field. Hart and his charges will begin preparations with a four day training camp in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on August 8 before traveling to Trinidad and Tobago on August 12.

The Canadians have been drawn into Group A along with Bermuda, El Salvador and Guyana and will play their first round matches at Dwight York Stadium in Tobago. The first place team in each of the seven groups along with the best second place finisher will advance to the quarterfinals.

In capturing last year's championship, Canada defeated Dominica (9:0), Grenada (6:0) and St. Lucia (9:0) in the group stage before toping Netherlands Antilles (6:0) in the quarterfinals, Jamaica (4:2) in the semi-finals and Guatemala (4:0) in the final.

"We felt that this Tournament would be the ideal opportunity to give new players experience in CONCACAF and the opportunity to be evaluated,” said Hart. “As a consequence 11 new players will be involved."

There will be additional incentive for the CFU teams in this year's event as it will double as the Caribbean Preliminary Qualification to the CONCACAF U-17 Final Round Qualifier taking place in April 2007 in Jamaica and Honduras. The top finishing Caribbean team (excluding Jamaica) will join Canada, Mexico, USA, two teams from Central America and the group hosts in the 2007 CONCACAF U-17 Final Round. Five teams will advance from the final round to represent CONCACAF at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Korea 2007 taking place from August 18-September 8. The young Canadians will be looking to qualify for their first U-17 World Cup since the 1995 championship in Ecuador.

Following the tournament, Hart will join the men's national team to prepare for the September 4th (Labour Day) international friendly against Jamaica at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard in Montreal, QC at 4:00 pm ET. Tickets are priced $15.00 and $25.00 plus applicable taxes and are available through admission.com.

Match Schedule

August 15 – Canada versus Bermuda – Dwight York Stadium (Tobago) @ 5:00pm
August 17 – Canada versus El Salvador – Dwight York Stadium (Tobago) @ 1:00pm
August 19 – Canada versus Guyana – Dwight York Stadium (Tobago) @ 7:00pm
August 22 – Quarterfinals
August 24 – Semifinals
August 26 – Finals and Third Place Game

Caribbean Cup Roster

#Pos.PlayerClubDOBHometownProv.
1GKBLAKLEY, JasonNTC - Prairies10-Feb-90ReginaSK
2DSTRAITH, AdamNTC - British Columbia11-Sep-90VictoriaBC
3DTANNOUS, DanielNTC - Ontario13-Apr-90ThornhillON
4MFDAVIES, PhillipeDijon FCO (France)12-Dec-90St-HubertQC
5DSMITH, GregNTC - British Columbia07-Mar-90N. VancouverBC
6DMARTINEZ, ChrisNTC - Prairies2-Apr-90EdmontonAB
7MCARRIÉ, CédricNTC - Quebec16-Aug-90BrossardQC
8MFGUNENC, DevinNTC - British Columbia11-Feb-90N. VancouverBC
9FEDWINI-BONSU, RandyNTC - Prairies20-Apr-90EdmontonAB
10FSEMENETS, AlexNTC - Ontario10-Mar-90MississaugaON
11FMAHLI, DalvirNTC - British Columbia2-Jan-90SurreyBC
12MFSYLLA, MohamedNTC - Quebec14-Apr-90PierrefondsQC
13DPARENTEAU-MICHON, ColinNTC - Quebec15-Jul-90MontrealQC
14MFCHAN-YU-TIN, KevinNTC - Quebec11-Jul-90LasalleQC
15FJOHNSTONE, MarcusNTC - Prairies27-Mar-90EdmontonAB
16FASIAMAH-WHITEMAN, JarekNTC - Ontario28-Jun-90BramptonON
17DLEAL, ErickNTC - Ontario23-Aug-90WhitbyON
22GKLATENDRESSE LÉVESQUE, JulienNTC - Quebec27-Feb-91ChamblyQC

Staff
MONTAGLIANI, Victor - Head of Delegation
HART, Stephen - Head Coach
FLEMING, Sean - Assistant Coach
LAARABI, Djamel - Equipment Manager/Goalkeeper Coach
HEPENSTALL, Janet - Athletic Therapist
MICHELUCCI, Daniel - Team Manager

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