Jordan Haynes (red jersey) was called up to the Canada under-20 national team for a training camp in Sunrise, Florida, USA, that starts on December 11, 2014. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
OTTAWA – Canada head coach Rob Gale has called in 21 players for a training camp as his team continues to prepare for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, which will be held January 9-24 in Jamaica.
The selection will assemble December 11-17 in Sunrise, Florida.
“This is a chance to get our North American players together one last time,” said Gale. “Many of them have been out of season for a while and we'll want to measure their physical readiness for qualifying as well as build on some tactical principles and objectives for Montego Bay in January – making sure everyone is on the same page heading into qualifying.”
Last month, the Canadians went unbeaten in a three-match tour of Europe, drawing 2-2 with the England U-20 team, before beating Russia U-21 (2-1) and the USA U-20 (1-0).
The trip to Florida, though, represents the last chance for players to make a case for inclusion on the final 20-man CONCACAF roster.
“The squad is not finalized yet with myself and the staff still looking to select the final squad members who have not featured with us in international competition yet this season and those that have not fully convinced us they are ready for the level of competition we face,” stressed Gale. “All will be afforded the opportunity to stake their claim for a spot on the plane on 8 January into Jamaica, and as it should be – it’s up to them to prove their worth."
Canada, which hasn’t appeared in a FIFA U-20 World Cup since 2007, will launch its qualifying campaign against Haiti on January 10 in Montego Bay.
CANADA UNDER-20 NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
(Training camp: December 11-17, 2014, in Sunrise, Florida, USA)
GOALKEEPERS: Marco Carducci (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Nolan Wirth (Oregon State University/USA)
DEFENDERS: Marko Aleksic (FC Edmonton), Sebastian Cabrera (Union Española/Chile), Quinton Duncan (University of Tulsa/USA), Jackson Farmer (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Jordan Haynes (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brandon John (FC Erzgebirge Aue/Germany), Rares Serban (University of British Columbia)
MIDFIELDERS: Manuel Aparicio (Toronto FC), Louis Béland-Goyette (Impact de Montréal), Hanson Boakai (FC Edmonton), Marco Bustos (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé (Impact de Montréal), Christopher Nanco (Syracuse University/USA), Mitch Piraux (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
FORWARDS: Jordan Hamilton (Toronto FC), Brody Huitema (Duke University/USA), Sadi Jalali (FC Edmonton), Charles Joly (Impact de Montréal), Cyle Larin (University of Connecticut/USA)