Marco Bustos (red jersey), shown competing against Austria in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, was called up to Canada's under-20 training camp, May 11-18, 2014, in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
SUNRISE, Florida -- The Canada men’s under-20 national team kicked-off a week-long training camp on Sunday under the guidance of new head coach Rob Gale, who officially started in the position on April 1.
Gale has been charged with building a squad for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship with an eye towards qualifying for the next FIFA U-20 World Cup, in which it hasn’t participated since hosting the competition in 2007.
Though not every age-eligible player was available to participate, a squad of 23 has gathered in Sunrise, Florida. Five members with World Cup experience are in attendance: Marco Bustos, Alex Comsia and Kianz Froese (all in 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup), as well as Michael Petrasso and Christopher Nanco (both 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup).
Also, joining in is Fraser Aird, recent winner of the 2013-14 Young Player of the Year Award at Scotland’s Rangers.
“I am delighted that we were able to get the majority of the players we wanted into this camp and with qualifying a very short distance away it is important for the group to come together and start building the rapport and playing relationships that are going to be vital to us going forward,” said Gale. “It is great that these young lads are getting valuable first team experience and our overseas lads like Fraser (Aird), Michael (Petrasso) and Dylan (Carreiro) are able to bring their experiences to the group.
“It promises to be a great camp and there is a healthy competition for places across the board and a great energy amongst the boys.”
CANADA UNDER-20 ROSTER
(Training camp: May 11-18, 2014 – Sunrise, Florida, USA)
GOALKEEPERS: Daniel Milton (Blackpool/England), Nolan Wirth (Vancouver Whitecaps)
DEFENDERS: Cedric Blank Saint-Cyr (Karlsruher/Germany), Alex Comsia (Strasbourg/France), Quinton Duncan (University of Tulsa/USA), Jackson Farmer (Vancouver Whitecaps), Enrique Garcea (University of Winnipeg), Austin Giftopoulos (Crossfire Premier/USA)
MIDFIELDERS: Fraser Aird (Rangers/Scotland), Kwame Amuah (University of Connecticut/USA), Louis Beland-Goyete (Impact de Montréal), Marco Bustos (Vancouver Whitecaps); Sebastian Cabrera (Union Espanola/Chile), Dylan Carreiro (Queens Park Rangers/England), Kianz Froese (Vancouver Whitecaps), Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé (Impact de Montréal), Christopher Nanco (Syracuse University/USA), Michael Petrasso (Queens Park Rangers/England), Mitch Piraux (Vancouver Whitecaps Residency)
FORWARDS: Adam Bouchard (Defensor/Uruguay), Brody Huitema (Duke University/USA), Cyle Larin (University of Connecticut), Charles Joly (Impact de Montréal)