The contingent includes 11 European-based players, but is highlighted by the selection of Toronto FC's Doneil Henry. An experienced defender, the 19-year-old has three caps with the full national team and has already appeared in 11 CONCACAF Champions League games. He also represented Canada in the 2011 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship and the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament.
"It will be a difficult tournament," said under-20 head coach Nick Dasovic. "Our goal for now is to make it to the quarter-final match which will give us a one-off chance to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in June.
"Whether we enter the match as a first or second seed from our group, we will deal with that."
Dasovic also stated that his team will be buoyed by an increased number of players playing in professional environments both at home and abroad.
"The strength of the squad is helped by the professional club academies in Canada and by the fact that we have a number of players on the squad that play in Europe," Dasovic commented. "But at the same time, we need to realize that as we get better - all of our competition is getting better as well."
Canada will open the competition on February 18 with a clash against Cuba, before taking on Nicaragua four days later.
Dasovic will need to trim his roster down to 20 players ahead of the CONCACAF finals.
CANADA UNDER-20 ROSTER
Training Camp - February 11-16, 2013 in Mexico City
GOALKEEPERS: Maxime Crépeau (Montréal Impact), Ricky Gomes (Sport Clube de Mirandela/Portugal),
DEFENDERS: Jon Dollery (Crawley Town/England), Manjrekar James (PMFC-MATIAS/Hungary), Marco Lapenna (FC Erzgebirge Aue/Germany), Jordan Murrell (Syracuse University/USA), Doneil Henry (Toronto FC), Daniel Stanese (Nürnberg/Germany), Allan Zebie (FC Edmonton)
MIDFIELDERS: Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps), Keven Aleman (Real Valladolid/Spain), Dylan Carreiro (Queens Park Rangers/England), Mauro Eustáquio (Sporting Clube de Pombal/Portugal), Ben McKendry (University of New Mexico/USA), Zakaria Messoudi (Montreal Impact), Michael Petrasso (Queens Park Rangers/England), Samuel Piette (Fortuna Düsseldorf/Germany), Alessandro Riggi (Celta de Vigo/Spain), Ben Fisk (Vancouver Whitecaps)
FORWARDS: Caleb Clarke (Vancouver Whitecaps), Yassin Essa (Vancouver Whitecaps), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact), Stefan Vukovic (unattached)