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Players join national program at U-18 level

Posted on 17 January 2011 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

The Canadian Soccer Association has re-established the men's U-18 program for the 2011 season, kicking off with a January camp in San José, Costa Rica. The Canadian team, to be led by U-20 coach Valerio Gazzola, will feature 20 players for this first camp. The young Canucks will play an exhibition match against a local club reserve team and two international matches against Costa Rica's U-18 team.

The men's U-18 team features players born 1993 or later. The team hopes to have two camps in 2011. Players in this age group will be eligible for U-20 competitions heading into 2013 and Olympic/U-23 competitions heading into 2016.

For this camp, coach Valerio Gazzola selected 20 players who are all currently tied to clubs in Canada. Only one of the 20 players took part in the Canadian national program in 2010, midfielder Oscar Cordon.

In 2010, 17-year old Cordon was part of Gazzola's U-20 selection in December. Earlier in the year, he was on Toronto FC's roster for the final match of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

Two players on the roster come from Canada's U-17 program from two years back. Both Jonathan Lao and Hugo Lapointe-Senécal were part of the team that represented Canada at the 2009 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship in Tijuana, MEX.

Cordon, Lao and Lapointe-Senécal have also all won gold medals at national youth competitions in Canada (Nutrlite All Stars or National Championships). They are three of 13 players on this roster who have won gold medals at the national level.

Two players - Lapointe-Senécal and Alessandro Riggi - won gold with Québec at the 2009 Canada Games Men's Soccer Tournament in Charlottetown, PE.

Canada's two international matches will be played 25 and 27 January in San José, CRC. The exhibition match will be played on 21 January.

GK- Angelo Cavalluzzo | CAN / Toronto FC
GK- Callum Irving | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
CB- Ben McKendry | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
CB- Skylar Thomas | CAN / Ajax Gunners
D- Hugo Lapointe-Senécal | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
D- Jordan Murrell | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Tim Hickson | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Oscar Cordon | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Jonathan Lao | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Filip Velasevic | CAN / Vaughan SC
M- Dino Gardner | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Dominique Morin | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
M- Ben Fisk | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Alessandro Riggi | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
F- Alex Flores | CAN / Miltown FC Academy
F- Tristan Jackman | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Anthony Jackson-Hamel | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
F- Abraham Kamara | Unattached / sans club
F- Keith Makubuya | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Stefan Vukovic | CAN / Toronto Serbian White Eagles

Cavalluzzo, Angelo | 1993 | Hamilton, ON, CAN | Mount Hamilton Youth SC
Cordon, Oscar | 1993 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Toronto Future Stars
Fisk, Ben | 1993 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Boston
Flores, Alex | 1993 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Dreftwood
Gardner, Dino | 1993 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Wallace Emmerson
Hickson, Tim | 1993 | Edmonton, AB, CAN | Nelson
Irving, Callum | 1993 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Marpole SC
Jackman, Tristan | 1993 | Brampton, ON, CAN | York SC
Jackson-Hamel, Anthony | 1993 | Québec, QC, CAN | Impact Junior ARS Québec
Kamara, Abraham | 1993 | GUI & Metcalfe, ON, CAN |
Lao, Jonathan | 1993 | Markham, ON, CAN | Scarborough Blizzards
Lapointe-Senécal, Hugo | 1993 | Québec, QC, CAN | Club de soccer Longueuil
Makubuya, Keith | 1993 | St. Catharines, ON, CAN |
McKendry, Ben | 1993 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Grandview Legion
Morin, Dominique | 1993 | Québec, QC, CAN | Impact Junior ARS Québec
Murrell, Jordan | 1993 | London, ENG & Markham, ON, CAN | Pinnstars FC
Riggi, Alessandro | 1993 | Montréal, QC, CAN | Riviere-des-Prairies
Thomas, Skylar | 1993 | Pickering, ON, CAN | Pickering SC
Velasevic, Filip | 1993 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Serbian White Eagles Youth
Vukovic, Stefan | 1993 | Hamilton, ON, CAN | Hamilton Serbians

Head Coach / Entraîneur-chef : Valerio Gazzola
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Michael Findlay
Assistant Coach / Entraîneur adjoint : Rafael Carbajal
Video Coordinator / Vidéaste : Linda Hathorn (née Consolante)
Team Manager / Gérant d'équipe : Les Meszaros
Equipment Assistant / Adjoint de l'équipement : Davide DeDonato
Doctor / Docteur : Dr. Derek Carr
Athletic Therapist / Thérapeute du sport : Al Ezaki

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