Canada poses for a team photo prior to facing Panama in a CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on April 17, 2013, at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Mexsport)
OTTAWA – Canada’s roster for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup was announced Thursday and it contains many of the key performers that led it to a third-place finish at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship earlier this year.
The 21-player squad (plus three alternates), highlighted by the inclusion of forward Jordan Hamilton, will participate in the 14th edition of the biennial competition, October 17–November 8, in the United Arab Emirates. Hamilton was Canada’s top scorer in qualifying with three goals.
“I have belief in our team,” said head coach Sean Fleming. “The commitment and dedication from the boys has been fantastic.”
In Group E play, the Canadians will face Austria (October 19), Iran (October 22) and Argentina (October 25). All three matches will be played in Dubai.
Canada is making its second straight appearance in the competition after not qualifying from the 1997 – 2009.
Ahead of the competition, Fleming will train his team in UAE from October 5-14 October.
CANADA UNDER-17 ROSTER
(FIFA U-17 World Cup: October 17-November 8, 2013 in the United Arab Emirates)
GOALKEEPERS: Marco Carducci (Vancouver Whitecaps), Christian Kaiswatum (FC Edmonton), Daniel Milton (Blackpool/England)
DEFENDERS: Kevon Black (Toronto FC), Alex Comsia (Stade Lavallois Mayenne/France), Eric Davies (FC Dallas/USA), Mathieu Laurent (Mississauga), Aron Mkungilwa (Impact de Montreal), Elias Roubos (Toronto FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Hanson Boakai (FC Edmonton), Adam Bouchard (Defensor/Uriguay), Marco Bustos (Vancouver Whitecaps), Mikaël Cantave (Union Sportive de la Jeanne d’Arc/France), Matthew Chow (Vancouver Whitecaps), Marco-Leonel Dominguez (Braves d'Ahuntsic), Kianz Gonzales-Froese (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jordan Haynes (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jose Lopez (FC Edmonton), Ali Musse (WSA North Stars), Derick Sequeira (Toronto FC), Nevello Yoseke (Impact de Montreal)
FORWARDS: Andrew Gordon (Woodbridge Strikers), Jordan Hamilton (Toronto FC), El Mehdi Ibn Brahim (Braves d'Ahuntsic)