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Canada Soccer welcomes Eric Tenllado as Men's EXCEL Development Coach

Posted on 6 February 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer has added Eric Tenllado as a Men's EXCEL Development Coach. Tenllado will work across Canada Soccer’s EXCEL Program in support of both Regional EXCEL strategies and Men’s EXCEL National Youth Teams starting in February 2019.“Eric’s profile is perfect for the rol More

Canada Soccer successfully integrates Men’s EXCEL Program across Canadian MLS academies

Posted on 4 February 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer led the alignment of the international and professional game through three weeks of Men’s EXCEL programming in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. The new program allowed Canada Soccer to share tactical ID and team culture concepts while also assessing player development for More

Canada finish Concacaf Under-20 Championship with 2:1 victory over Martinique

Posted on 10 November 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada finished in second place in Group D at the 2018 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship with their 2:1 victory over Martinique. With only the group winner advancing to the next round, Canada return home after posting three wins and two losses in five matches over a nine-day window. Pa More

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 More

Canada lose 1:2 against Panama at Concacaf Under-20 Championship

Posted on 6 November 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-20 National Team fell 1:2 to Panama in Group D action after going down to ten men early in the 24th minute. The loss drops Canada into a tie for second place in the group with matches against St. Kitts and Nevis and Martinique remaining on 8 and 10 November.The f More

Canada earns three points to remain atop Group D in Concacaf Under-20 Championship

Posted on 4 November 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Second-half substitute Adonijah Reid’s goal in the 79’ earned Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-20 National Team three points against Group D opponent Guadeloupe. The 2:1 victory gives Canada six points and first place in the five-team group heading into a key match day three matchup a More

Canada starts strong at Concacaf U-20 Championship with 4:0 victory over Dominica

Posted on 2 November 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Two first-half goals from Noble Okello and late goals from José Hernández and Theo Bair sent Canada into a tie for first place in Group D at the Concacacf Men's Under-20 Championship in Bradenton, FL, USA. After a rain delay, the young Canadians dominated possession against Dominica mo More

Canada to face five Concacaf rivals on road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019

Posted on 31 October 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada takes a big step on the road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019 with five matches over nine days in the opening group phase of the 2018 Concacaf Men's Under-20 Championship.Canada open against Dominica on Friday 2 November‎ before facing Guadeloupe, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Ma More

Canada announces squad for the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship

Posted on 24 October 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the 2018 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship, the qualification tournament to next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019. The Canadian squad features 20 promising prospects that will compete in Florida starting Friday 2 November, all with an More

Canada Soccer launches Men’s EXCEL programming within MLS Academies

Posted on 20 September 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program has launched a pilot project to support player development within Major League Soccer (MLS) Canadian academies. The new program will allow Canada Soccer to share tactical ID and team culture concepts while also assessing player development for future E More

Canada looks to build on youth momentum on road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup

Posted on 13 September 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada have their roadmap to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019. It all starts this November when Canada will have to finish at the top of Group D to emerge from a 35-nation first-round group phase at the 2018 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship.From 35 nations, only the six Concacaf group w More

Canada Soccer announces Andrew Olivieri as Men’s EXCEL U-20 Program Director

Posted on 17 July 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer have announced that Andrew Olivieri has been hired as the Men’s EXCEL U-20 Program Director. Olivieri joins the Men’s EXCEL Program to develop, plan and lead EXCEL strategies at the U-20 level.The Olivieri hiring compliments Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team P More

Canada place 6th at prestigious Toulon tournament in France

Posted on 7 June 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Mathieu Choinière notched his first youth international goal on Thursday as Canada finished in sixth place at the prestigious Festival International Espoirs Provence after a 1:2 loss to host France. Canada were a formidable group throughout the competition and undefeated in the group phase, t More

Canada remains undefeated with yet another big result at the Toulon tournament

Posted on 3 June 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada 1:1 Japan More

Undefeated Canada takes command of first place with spirited 1:0 victory

Posted on 31 May 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada 1:0 Turkey More

Canada pulls together significant 0-0 draw against heavyweights Portugal

Posted on 28 May 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada have quickly pulled together a significant result against one of the tournament favourites at the 2018 Festival International Espoirs Provence. After just a handful of days together, Canada have drawn 0-0 with Portugal at the Stade Jules Ladoumègue in Vitrolles. Canada and Portugal are More

Canada’s young stars to face Portugal, Turkey, and Japan in France

Posted on 25 May 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

The 46th edition of the Festival International Espoirs Provence kicks off this weekend and Canada have their sights set on their opening Monday match against Portugal. Canada are one of 12 nations competing in the 2018 tournament with matches to be played from 26 May to 9 June in France.Throughout t More

Canada Soccer brings together talented youth for international tournament

Posted on 17 May 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

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 EXCEL U-14 to U-23

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 qualify for semi-finals at CONCACAF Boys’ Under-15 Championship

Posted on 16 August 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada will next face Mexico on 17 August More

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Canada Soccer has added Eric Tenllado as a Men's EXCEL Development Coach. Tenllado will work across Canada Soccer’s EXCEL Program in support of both Regional EXCEL strategies and Men’s EXCEL National Youth Teams starting in February 2019.

“Eric’s profile is perfect for the role, he is a youth development specialist, his experience and passion in the area of developing elite young players will strengthen our EXCEL system,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s EXCEL Director. “His formation as a technician has been through the Spanish system and he brings some unique perspectives that can support the evolution of our EXCEL player development approach particularly at the provincial level.”

Tenllado’s background includes working seven years at RCD Espanyol de Barcelona youth academy. He holds the UEFA PRO Diploma for Coaching, holds a Degree in Physical and Sports Sciences at Universitat Ramón Llull - Blanquerna (Barcelona), and has lectured in the coach education system in Barcelona for CENAFE schools. He has been coaching in Canada since 2016 as Director of Competitive & Coaching Development Manager for Toronto High Park FC.

“He will work across the whole EXCEL system from supporting Regional EXCEL strategies with players and coaches in our provinces to technical delivery with National EXCEL youth teams,” said Herdman.

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 in international soccer.
 

Canada Soccer led the alignment of the international and professional game through three weeks of Men’s EXCEL programming in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. The new program allowed Canada Soccer to share tactical ID and team culture concepts while also assessing player development for future EXCEL activity as player progress to the Men’s National Team.

“This is definitely a first for our country and possibly world-wide and I applaud the MLS clubs for opening their doors to embrace the opportunity,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s EXCEL Program Director. “Their openness and support is sending a message to our country that it’s possible to unite our game at all levels for the purpose of improving development opportunities for our players.

“It’s all about creating a synergy so that we can be the best in Concacaf. There are not many clubs around the world that would let international teams come in and take over their coaching environment for a full week, but that’s what we can do differently in Canada and the could be our x-factor within Concacaf.”

Week by week, Canada Soccer worked hand-in-hand with Major League Soccer clubs Montréal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps from 14 January through 1 February.

“The concept of pro-club integration within the EXCEL Program is new. There are gaps we wanted to close in how we work with the professional clubs in Canada, such as formalising the monitoring and tracking systems, periodisation of competition programs, and the alignment of calendars. These are elements that are basic corner stones of elite-player programming in successful soccer countries world wide.

“What we wanted to do here, however, is different. We wanted to take the relationship to the next level, fully integrating with those clubs that are helping our most talented players progress to the next level of performance. Being on the ground, working with the players and coaches in their own environments, evaluating a wider base of players has its benefits, but the real gold is the interactions that take place, the sharing of organisational knowledge, philosophy and developing a deeper understanding of each other’s context and realities. We are creating genuine partnerships, working together both on and off the field to help our players elevate to the highest levels of performance.”

The program ensures MLS academies, their coaches, staff, and players work with Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team coaches, understand the National EXCEL philosophy, and the way that Canada play. For Canada Soccer, the program lets National Team coaches understand how MLS academies operate and the conditions in which they work.

The project featured Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver’s U-15 and U-17 teams. The project was led by Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL U-14 to U-17 Program Director Andrew Olivieri and Men’s Regional EXCEL Program Director Joey Lombardi. Other Canada Soccer coaches and staff also took part in the program, including Men’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman and Men’s National Team Assistant Coach Mauro Biello.

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 in international soccer.
 

Canada finished in second place in Group D at the 2018 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship with their 2:1 victory over Martinique. With only the group winner advancing to the next round, Canada return home after posting three wins and two losses in five matches over a nine-day window.
 
Panama won the group undefeated, including their narrow 2:1 victory over Canada at the midway point of the group phase.
 
“We knew we had to build some Concacaf understanding and we did that,” said Head Coach Andrew Olivieri. “Our new reality is that we’ve got to be able to get up and go again within two days and rely on the depth of the team and of players being able to recover physically, mentally, technically and tactically.”
 
Canada scored early in the first half after Clément Bayiha and Mathieu Choinière forced a Martinique turnover. Theo Bair took a misdirected through ball down and played tournament debutant Steffen Yeates through into the six yard box and he pushed the ball wide of Martinique goalkeeper Aldrick Bouloi in the 8’. Bayiha got a goal of his own in the 15’ getting through on his own from the half way line after Yeates’ pressure forced a turnover. Bayiha finished it off by pushing the ball to his right and putting it behind Boulois for his first goal of the competition. Martinique's lone goal came off a penalty kick in the 69’.
 
Canada’s starting lineup featured Alessandro Busti in goal, Émile Legault at right back, Antonio Romeo Rocco and Yohan Le Bourhis at centre back, Daniel Kinumbe at left back, and Steffen Yeattes, Noah Verhoeven, captain Mathieu Choinière, Clément Bayiha, Dante Campbell and Theo Bair from the midfield up through to the attack.
 
In the second half, coach Andrew Olivieri replaced Kinumbe with Noble Okello (46'), Verhoeven with Adonijah Reid (63’), and Bair with Jordan Peruzza (81’).
 
At the 2018 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship, Canada scored 10 goals in five matches. Eight different players scored in the competition, with Noble Okello the team leader with three goals.  Canada finished with a +4 goal differential. The competition provided nations with some key learning experiences, from the quick turnarounds in between matches to the emotional composure needed to refocus on the next opponent.
 
With the start of this cycle, Canada Soccer have started to lay the foundations of a new cultural and tactical identity across the Men’s EXCEL Program. From experiences at the Toulon tournament this summer and now the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship, Canada Soccer can identify gaps that need to be closed while also learning character, cultural, and tactical traits about their international players. 

Already this year, Canada Soccer have debuted five teenagers at the international “A” level, the most since 1984. For the upcoming Concacaf Nations League Qualifying match in St. Kitts and Nevis, the Men’s National Team will feature eight players born 1997 or later who are 18 to 21 years old.
 
Canada opened with a 4:0 win over Dominica on Friday 2 November before a

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