Scotland-based Dylan Carreiro (red jersey) was called up for the Canada under-20 national team's tour of Europe. (Photo: Mexsport)
OTTAWA – Canada will continue its preparation for next year’s CONCACAF Under-20 Championship with a training camp and a trio of friendlies in Europe.
Head coach Rob Gale selected 18 players for the tour, which got underway Sunday with its arrival in England.
The Canadians will face the host nation on November 12 at Deans Court in Bournemouth, before traveling to Marabella, Spain for matches against Russia (November 15) and the United States (November 18).
“First and foremost, a game against England in England is, from my point of view, as big a game as it gets,” said Gale. “It’s great for the lads. And then we get to travel into Spain to play Russia and the United States who are the benchmark in CONCACAF along with Mexico.”
Gale is happy with the depth of his squad and that there are still roster places to be won.
“We have good competition for places,” he said. “By no means is anyone guaranteed to make the starting XI with the competition we have so this camp is going to be an excellent test for the players with the opposition but also a chance for them to show that they can compete and take those spots going into January.”
The CONCACAF competition will played January 9-24, 2014, at venues in Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Canada was drawn into Group B and will face Haiti (January 10), Mexico (January 12), El Salvador (January 15), Cuba (January 19) and Honduras (January 22).
CANADA UNDER-20 ROSTER
(European training camp and friendlies: November 9-18, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: Marco Carducci (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Nolan Wirth (Oregon State University/USA)
DEFENDERS: Samuel Adekugbe (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Marko Aleksic (FC Edmonton), Alexander Comsia (RC Strasbourg/France), Luca Gasparotto (Airdrieonians/Scotland), Jordan Haynes (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Rares Serban (University of British Columbia)
MIDFIELDERS: Manny Aparicio (Toronto FC), Louis Béland-Goyette (Impact de Montréal), Hanson Boakai (FC Edmonton), Marco Bustos (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Dylan Carreiro (Arbroath/Scotland), Kianz Froese (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé (Impact de Montréal), Michael Petrasso (Notts County/England)
FORWARDS: Sadi Jalali (FC Edmonton), Jordan Hamilton (Trofense/Portugal)