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Canada defeat Mexico to advance to Semi-Finals at Concacaf Boys’ Under 15 Championship

Posted on 8 August 2019 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-14 to U-23

Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-15 National Team defeated Mexico 2:0 in the Quarter-Final of the Concacaf Boys’ Under-15 Championship. The team will face Slovenia in the Semi-Final Saturday 10 August morning at 09.00 local (09.00 ET / 06.00 PT) from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida LIVE on Concacaf’s Facebook page.

Hugo Mbongue Mbongue and Jean-Aniel Assi scored in the Quarter-Final win which marked the first time that Canada has defeated Mexico in a Concacaf competition since 2009. It also marked the second youth team to advance past a Concacaf Championship Quarter-Final stage in 2019 after the Men’s U-17 National Team qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ in May.

“There’s been a lot of hard work over the last 18 months to create greater synergy across our football system at the youth levels and the fruits of that labour is clear; two Concacaf semi-final berths in the past three months. ” said John Herdman, Men’s National Team Head Coach and EXCEL Program Director. “Internally, we’ve created a consistent football philosophy and development approach across all National Teams from U-15 through the Men’s National Team and we’ve worked with our Professional Clubs and Provincial and Territorial Member Associations to provide the players, but, also the coaches and staff who are working with the players on a daily basis with an understanding of the EXCEL Tactical and Cultural Framework as we seek to connect and strengthen the international player pathway.”

In the group stage play, Canada registered two wins and one loss scoring 10 goals and conceding only 3. The team opened the Championship 4 August with a resounding 7:0 win over El Salvador in which Hugo Mbongue Mbongue scored three goals, Jean-Aniel Assi scored twice, and Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty and Theo Afework added singles. Canada went on to face Slovenia in their second group stage match on 5 August falling 3:0. In their final group stage match, Canada defeated Guadeloupe 4:0 on 7 August to qualify for the Quarter-Final as the second-place finisher in Group C. Maël Henry, Charles- Étienne Volcy, Jordan Alvarez, scored for Canada with the fourth coming through an own goal from Guadeloupe.

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's Men's National Youth Teams have won two CONCACAF titles: both the 1986 and 1996 CONCACAF Men's Youth Championships. Canada have now qualified for 15 FIFA men's youth tournaments: eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and seven editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Canada most recently qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019.

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