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

Posted on 10 November 2018 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

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-18 to U-20

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-18 to U-20

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-18 to U-20

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-18 to U-20

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-18 to U-20

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-18 to U-20

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 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-18 to U-20

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-18 to U-20

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 ends CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship with positive 2:0 win

Posted on 24 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 2:0 Antigua and Barbuda More

Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-20 Team to face Antigua & Barbuda on Thursday

Posted on 22 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada will face Caribbean runners up Antigua & Barbuda in their last international test of the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship More

Canada eliminated by defending U-20 champions

Posted on 21 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:5 Mexico More

Canada shows well in 0:1 loss‎ in CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship opener

Posted on 18 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:1 Honduras More

Canada recharged for U-20 showdown with Mexico

Posted on 18 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada will face Mexico in an all-important Monday showdown at the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship. More

Canada faces rivals Honduras at CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship

Posted on 15 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

All of the competition matches are scheduled to be broadcast live on CONCACAF's Facebook channel More

The road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017

Posted on 11 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Four CONCACAF nations will qualify More

Canada announces squad for CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship

Posted on 9 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Coach Rob Gale has selected 20 players for the international competition that runs 17 February to 5 March in San José, Costa Rica More

Canada wraps up Men's U-20 tour in Mexico

Posted on 5 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:0 Cruz Azul U-20s / Canada 1:2 CF America U-20s More

Select group of U-20 players ready to train in Mexico

Posted on 26 January 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

A nine-day training camp in Mexico More

Canada Men's U-20 draw away series with Panama

Posted on 22 January 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Thursday Canada 1:0 Panama & Saturday Canada 1:2 Panama More

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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

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 Concacafgo.com.

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.”

LINEUP & NOTES
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.

TOUGH ROAD TO POLAND 2019
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."

MEN'S EXCEL PROGRAM

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.

FIFA TOURNAMENTS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.

 

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 first half saw Panama content to feel out the game in possession and knock the ball across their backline. In the 15’ Canada had their best chance of the half as Theo Bair found himself in space. His run into the box resulted in a ball back for Mathieu Choinière whose shot rattled off two Panamanian defenders and away. Canada went down to ten men after Baldisimo was sent off in the 24’. Panama went on to score their opening goal in first half stoppage time, 45’ +2.

In the second half, the Canadians continued to push forward knowing they needed the result. Shortly after a positive ranging run from second half substitute Clement Bayiha, Noble Okello collected a ball in the centre of the pitch and knocked wide to Daniel Kinumbe who played Jordan Perruzza down the left side. Perruzza’s cross was poorly cleared and fell to Okello who buried from the top of the box to draw Canada even in the 55’. However, Panama put themselves ahead again for good in the 59’.

Panama also went down to ten men in the 87’ after Jorge Mendez saw a second yellow for time wasting. Canada took advantage on the free kick getting two great shots on Goalkeeper Marcos Allen but an offside call gave away possession. Canada pushed to get the equalizer, but time ran out with the Canadians pressuring.

LINEUP & NOTES
Canada’s starting lineup featured Alessandro Busti in goal, Émile Legault at right back, Julian Dunn and Yohan Le Bourhis at centre back, Daniel Kinumbe at left back, and Michael Baldisimo, Noble Okello, captain Mathieu Choinière, Dante Campbell, Adonijah Reid and Theo Bair from the midfield up through to the attack.

In the second half, coach Andrew Olivieri replaced Legault with Clément Bayiha and Reid with Jordan Perruzza (46'), and Kinumbe with Noah Verhoeven (76’).

The Canada-Panama match was one of eight matches at the IMG Center in Bradenton on Tuesday 6 November as part of the 87-match 2018 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship.

TOUGH ROAD TO POLAND 2019
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."

MEN'S EXCEL PROGRAM
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.

FIFA TOURNAMENTS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONSHIPS
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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