Canada has announced a 24-player roster for its upcoming men’s U-20 camp in Sunrise, FL, USA. This camp will serve as the final preparatory camp before the upcoming 2011 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala from 28 March to 10 April. Coach Valerio Gazzola will use this final camp to select his official 20-player roster for the CONCACAF tournament.
The CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship features 12 teams from across the confederation. Only four teams will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011. In the opening group phase, Canada will face Guadeloupe on 28 March and reigning U-20 champion Costa Rica on 1 April. The quarter-final stage is 5-6 April, the semi-final stage is 8 April, and the final stage is 10 April.
Coach Gazzola has invited four new players to this final camp. Goalkeeper Sotiri Varlokostas and defenders Andres Fresenga, Tristan Grant and Niko Saler are all taking part in their first Canadian U-20 camp. Varlkokostas (York University) comes from Canadian Interuniversity Sport while Fresenga (Racing Club de Montevideo) and Grant (Club Nacional) are both attached to clubs in Uruguay.
With Saler of FC Edmonton in the fold, this marks the first time that all four clubs from the recently-expanded Nutrilite Canadian Championship are featured in the same Canadian camp. Gazzola’s 24-player roster also includes players from Vancouver Whitecaps FC (residency players Derrick Bassi, Coulton Jackson, Russell Teibert), Toronto FC (Doneil Henry, Matt Stinson and TFC Academy player Ashtone Morgan) and Impact Montréal (Académie players Francesco Augustin).
Actually, three players (Gage, Henry and Stinson) have already been called to first-team rosters for the Nutrilite Canadian Championship in 2009 or 2010. At the youth level, 17 of 24 players have taken part in national youth competitions (National Championships, Nutrilite All Stars or Canada Games) with 13 of them winning at least one national gold medal. Furthermore, 11 players have trained at Canada’s National Training Centres at some time over the last six years.
Canada’s roster also includes two players from the last CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in Trinidad and Tobago (Ethan Gage and Julien Latendresse-Lévesque) and seven players from the 2009 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 Championship in Mexico (Francesco Augustin, Derrick Bassi, Jaineil Hoilett, Coulton Jackson, Justin Maheu, Jordan Ongaro, Russell Teibert).
To date, Canada has qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, including five of the last seven editions dating back to 1997. Canada qualified for that FIFA U-20 World Cup Malaysia 1997 after winning its second CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in 1996. Canada previously won the CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in 1986.
GK- Julien Latendresse Lévesque | GER / FC Energie Cottbus
GK- Jordan Santiago | ENG / Cardiff City FC
GK- Sotiri Varlokostas | CAN / York University
D- Francesco Augustin | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
D- Derrick Bassi | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Andres Fresenga | URU / Racing Club de Montevideo
D- Tristan Grant | URU / Club Nacional
D- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
D- Ashtone Morgan | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Niko Saler | CAN / FC Edmonton
D- Chris Suta | Unattached / sans club
D- Roger Thompson | Unattached / sans club
M- Ethan Gage | ENG / Reading FC
M- Jaineil Hoilett | GER / FSV Mainz’05
M- Jonathan Osorio | URU / Club Nacional
M- John Pegg | USA / San Diego State University
M- Matt Stinson | CAN / Toronto FC
M- Russell Teibert | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Lucas Cavallini | URU / Club Nacional
F- Stefan Cebara | HUN / Zalaegerszegi TE
F- Coulton Jackson | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Justin Maheu | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
F- Massimo Mirabelli | CAN / Portugal FC
F- Jordan Ongaro | USA / San Diego State University