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Canada Soccer brings together talented youth for international tournament

Posted on 17 May 2018 in ↳ Men's U-23 Team (Olympic)

Canada Soccer has brought together a promising group of 20 young players for the upcoming Festival International Espoirs Provence from 26 May to 9 June in France. The squad will face a series of tough opponents as the players continue their international development towards contributing to the futur More

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

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Canada Soccer has brought together a promising group of 20 young players for the upcoming Festival International Espoirs Provence from 26 May to 9 June in France. The squad will face a series of tough opponents as the players continue their international development towards contributing to the future success of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team.

Canada will face Portugal, Turkey and Japan in Group C of the 2018 tournament. The 46th edition of the tournament also features England, China PR, Mexico, and Qatar in Group A as well as France, Korea Republic, Scotland, and Togo in Group B. Canada’s three group matches are 28 June (Portugal), 31 May (Turkey), and 3 June (Japan).

“This is an important development opportunity for our young players as they continue along the pathway representing Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team in international soccer,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s National EXCEL Director.

The Canada squad, which features U-21 players born from 1997 to 2000, includes several players that have already had their first call up to the Men’s National Team. Liam Millar and Kris Twardek have both made their international “A” debuts while Derek Cornelius and James Pantemis have had their first call ups in the past year.

More than half the squad are born 1999 or later, which means they will be eligible for the next Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship, which serves as qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019. All 20 players are also eligible for the next Olympic Qualifiers ahead of Tokyo 2020.

As part of an aligned Men’s National Team Program, the international matches in France will provide Canada’s young players with the opportunity to gain valuable international experience ahead of 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League and, for those younger players, the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship.

“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.”

Collectively, the group will have accumulated more than 1,000 player days in the Men’s EXCEL Program by the time the first match kicks off against Portugal on 28 June. Alessandro Busti is the one debutant, a 17-year old goalkeeper in the Juventus youth program.

Busti is one of eight players attached to professional clubs in six different European countries. While Busti is in Italy, Millar, Twardek and Matthew Roberts are in England, Jonathan David is in Belgium, Kosovar Sadiki is in Croatia, Émile Legault is in France, and Cornelius is in Serbia.

Twelve players are attached to three professional clubs in Canada: Vancouver’s Theo Bair, David Norman, Jr., Jake Ruby, and Noah Verhoeven (with Verhoeven at affiliate Fresno FC); Toronto’s Aidan Daniels, Julian Dunn, and Noble Okello; and Montréal’s Pantemis, Clément Bayiha, Mathieu Choinière, Daniel Kinumbe and Shamit Shome with Montréal.

 

CANADA
1- GK- James Pantemis | CAN / Impact de Montréal
2- FB- Jake Ruby | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
3- FB- Daniel Kinumbe | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal
4- CB- Kosovar Sadiki | CRO / NK Lokomotiva Zagreb
5- CB- Derek Cornelius | SRB / FK Javor Ivanjica
6- M- Matthew Roberts | ENG / Swansea U-18
7- W- Kris Twardek | ENG / Millwall FC
8- M- Mathieu Choinière | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal
9- F- Jonathan David | BEL / KAA Gent II
10- M- Aidan Daniels | CAN / Toronto FC
11- F- Liam Millar | ENG / Liverpool FC U-23
12- CB- Julian Dunn | CAN / Toronto FC
13- FB- Clément Bayiha | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal
14- CM- David Norman | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
15- M- Noah Verhoeven | USA / Fresno FC
16- M- Noble Okello | CAN / Toronto FC II
17- F- Theo Bair | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
18- GK- Alessandro Busti | ITA / Juventus Primavera
19- FB- Émile Legault | FRA / AJ Auxerre
20- CM- Shamit Shome | CAN / Impact de Montréal

CANADA A-Z
Name | Birthyear | Hometown | Active start/first club
Bair, Theo | 1999 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Ottawa Royals
Bayiha, Clément | 1999 | Ste-Thérèse, QC, CAN | Bain de Bretagne
Busti, Alessandro | 2000 | Toronto, ON, CAN |
Choinière, Mathieu | 1999 | St-Alexandre, QC, CAN | AS Haut-Richelieu
Cornelius, Derek | 1997 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax House League
Daniels, Aidan | 1998 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax Azzurri SC
David, Jonathan | 2000 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Gloucester Dragons
Dunn, Julian | 2000 | Richmond Hill, ON, CAN | Vaughan SC
Kinumbe, Daniel | 1999 | Sherbrooke, QC, CAN | CS Sherbrooke
Legault, Émile | 2000 | Saint-Lambert, QC, CAN | CS Saint-Lambert
Millar, Liam | 1999 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brampton YSC
Norman, David | 1998 | Coquitlam, BC, CAN | Coquitlam Metro Ford SC
Okello, Noble | 2000 | Toronto, ON, CAN | North York Hearts Azzurri
Pantemis, James | 1997 | Montréal, QC, CAN | Pierrefonds
Roberts, Matthew | 2000 | Milton, ON, CAN | Milton SA
Ruby, Jake | 2000 | North Vancouver, BC, CAN | Lynn Valley SA
Sadiki, Kosovar | 1998 | Kitchener, ON, CAN | Kitchener SC
Shome, Shamit | 1997 | Edmonton, AB, CAN | Southwest United SC
Twardek, Kris | 1997 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | West Carleton SC
Verhoeven, Noah | 1999 | Surrey, BC, CAN |

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.

CANADA IN MONTRÉAL

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.

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