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Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Youth Program to participate in International Tournament

Posted on 5 February 2018 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada Soccer have confirmed their participation in the upcoming Festival International Espoirs Provence, a 12-nation tournament featuring top men’s national youth programs from around the world. Canada are the seventh nation confirmed for the 2018 edition which runs 26 May to 9 June in Proven More

Canada perfect with second straight win in Qatar U-23 series with 2:0 victory over Qatar

Posted on 28 March 2017 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada 2:0 Qatar More

Canada looks for second win at Qatar U-23 series

Posted on 27 March 2017 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

The Men’s National U-23 Team will face host Qatar in their second match at a U-23 series in Doha on 28 March 2017 More

Canada earns gritty 1:0 win over Uzbekistan in U-23 series

Posted on 25 March 2017 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada 1:0 Uzbekistan More

Canada kicks off U-23 Tournament against Uzbekistan

Posted on 24 March 2017 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada will face Uzbekistan and host Qatar in a Three Nations U-23 Tournament this Saturday 25 March and Tuesday 28 March More

Canada to compete in Aspire U-23 Tournament

Posted on 19 January 2017 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada v Uzbekistan and Qatar More

Canada MNT cap Austria trip with victory

Posted on 7 June 2016 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada 2:1 Uzbekistan More

Canada m23 wins again on Caribbean tour

Posted on 19 May 2016 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada 3:0 Grenada More

Canada m23 defeat Guyana as part of Jubilee celebration

Posted on 16 May 2016 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada m23 5:1 Guyana More

Canada m23 heads to Guyana

Posted on 13 May 2016 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada v Guyana on 15 May More

Canada announces roster for Caribbean tour

Posted on 9 May 2016 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

The 10-day camp runs 10-19 May More

Canada adds Grenada match to Caribbean tour

Posted on 19 April 2016 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada m23 v Grenada "A" on 18 May. More

Men's EXCEL U-23 squad to face Guyana in May

Posted on 7 April 2016 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada m23 v Guyana "A" on May 15. More

Canada M23 finishes fourth at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers

Posted on 14 October 2015 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada's Men's U-23 side eliminated from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games More

Canada M23 road to Rio 2016 extended

Posted on 11 October 2015 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

The 13 October 2015 match will kick off at 17.00 local (19.00 ET / 16.00 PT), again to be broadcast on TLN and streamed live on canadasoccer.com. More

Canada M23 one win away from Rio 2016 Olympics

Posted on 8 October 2015 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

The Canada-Mexico match will be broadcast live across the nation on TLN and streamed live on canadasoccer.com via CanadaSoccerTV at 18.00 ET / 15.00 PT. More

Canada M23 reach final four in Olympic Qualifiers

Posted on 7 October 2015 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada are now one win away from a spot at the Rio 2016 Men's Olympic Football Tournament in Brazil. More

Canada M23: momentum building on road to Rio 2016

Posted on 5 October 2015 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

The Canada-Cuba match on 6 October kicks off at 17.00 local (19.00 ET / 16.00 PT) in Commerce City, CO, USA and will be broadcast live back home in Canada on TLN & streamed on canadasoccer.com via CanadaSoccerTV. More

Canada M23 wins three points over Panama

Posted on 3 October 2015 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada Men's U-23 Team picked up three points through a 3:1 win over Panama on their second day of the CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Kansas. More

Canada M23 opens CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers with 1:3 loss to favourite USA

Posted on 2 October 2015 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

The team will have a day to recover before facing Panama on 3 October. More

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Canada Soccer have confirmed their participation in the upcoming Festival International Espoirs Provence, a 12-nation tournament featuring top men’s national youth programs from around the world. Canada are the seventh nation confirmed for the 2018 edition which runs 26 May to 9 June in Provence, France.

“This is a prestigious youth tournament in France that will provide our tracking Men's EXCEL players with an opportunity to be fully tested against tier-one opponents,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s National EXCEL Director. “We will use these matches to assess the current EXCEL group as we prepare for upcoming CONCACAF youth competitions. The matches will also help identify a group of young players to be targeted for closer monitoring and tracking as we look to the future of our Men’s National Team program.”

The final field will feature three groups of four nations from which three group winners and the best second-place team will advance to the tournament’s semi-finals. Beyond that group phase, the other eight nations advance to classification matches.

Alongside Canada, other nations confirmed for the 2018 tournament are France, England, Japan, Korea Republic, Togo, and Turkey.


 

 

Canada registered back-to-back wins in a U-23 international series in Qatar, posting both a 1:0 win over Uzbekistan and 2:0 win over hosts Qatar. The two victories provided a positive start for Octavio Zambrano, newly-appointed Head Coach of Canada Soccer's Men's National Team Program.

"It was extremely important that we came out to win these matches because we can," said Zambrano. "It was also just as important that we had the opportunity to evaluate the players and I think after two matches we have an idea of what they are capable of doing.

"It is encouraging that there is a handful of them that get to a higher level and high enough to be with the first team."

After Caniggia Elva scored the winner in the first match against Uzbekistan on 25 March, he set up the opening goal in the second win against Qatar on 28 March: a first-half, left-footed strike from Jordan Hamilton. In the second half, substitute Michael Petrasso combined his lovely touch with a chip shot over the goalkeeper for the 2-0 win. Kwame Awuah was the provider with a quick free quick that caught Qatar by surprise and put Petrasso in the open.

"It's a great win," said midfielder Jordan Schweitzer. "It was a hard fought battle against Qatar, but they were two really big-time goals by us to secure the win."

It has been a positive two weeks for Zambrano, the new man in charge. After meeting with 18 players on the Men's National Team in Scotland (a 1:1 draw in Edinburgh), he has worked closely with a second squad of 18 young players in Qatar.

"We are already planning that next Men's National Team camp in June," said Zambrano, who will make his official international "A" debut as Canada's Head Coach on 13 June at Stade Saputo in Montréal. "It is going to be interesting to see which players from both North America and Europe that we can put together to make a solid group. We may also invite a couple of players from this group as that's not out of the question: we need to start integrating them into the Men's National Team that, possibly in five years, could be back here for Qatar 2022."

The U-23 series provides Canada Soccer with an opportunity to develop and transition younger players on their path to the Men's National Team. The tournament also provides coach Zambrano with his first matches in charge of the Canadian Men's National Team Program. Coach Zambrano oversees an integrated program from the Men's National Team through to all men's national youth teams from the U-14 age level and up.

The upcoming 13 June home match featuring Canada v Curaçao will serve as preparations for both nations ahead of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Tickets to that home international match go on sale this 29 March, with full details available at canadasoccer.com/tickets.

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 territorial 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 in international soccer.

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Tickets for the Canada v Curaçao match will go on sale on Wednesday 29 March at 10.00 local time via canadasoccer.com (10.00 ET / 07.00 PT). Tickets start at just $20 and have been priced to ensure that the match is accessible for all members of the Canadian soccer community. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. For complete ticket information visit canadasoccer.com/tickets.

Fresh from a 1:0 win over Uzbekistan, the Men’s National U-23 Team will face host Qatar in their second match at a U-23 series in Doha on 28 March 2017. Octavio Zambrano, newly-appointed Head Coach of the Men's National Team Program, will look to build on the team's success and confidence throughout this eight-day camp in Asia.

The Qatar-Canada match kicks off at 19.00 local on Tuesday night (12.00 ET / 09.00 PT). With the series moving to Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Canada Soccer will again work to stream the match live to our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/canadasoccertv) pending the availability of the required infrastructure. Additional in-match coverage will be provided via Canada Soccer's digital channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Flickr.

"Our attitude has to be that of a winner," said Zambrano. "When we step on the field, our players have to go all out to win. We came to get two victories with very little to lose and a lot to gain."

Qatar lost the first match 1:3 to Uzbekistan, so they will be looking for a rebound performance in front of their home fans. Canada won the second match 1:0 over Uzbekistan, with Caniggia Elva the goalscorer.

"They are going to come out hard against us, so we need to be ready, but like I said we have come here to win," said Zambrano.

All three squads feature players born 1994 or later. Canada's U-23 squad features a mix of players with national youth international experience alongside five program debutants. The tournament provides Canada Soccer with an opportunity to develop and transition younger players on their path to the Men's National Team.

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