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Canada Under 20
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Canucks, The Maple Leafs,
Les Rouges (The Reds)
Association Canadian Soccer Association
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Canada Tony Fonseca
Captain Alex Surprenant
Most caps David Edgar (27)
Top scorer Iain Hume (7)
FIFA code CAN
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Mexico Mexico 4-2 Canada Canada
(Vancouver, Canada; August 16, 1977)
Biggest win
 Canada 9-0 Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
(Tegucigalpa, Honduras; November 26, 1978)
Biggest defeat
 Germany 4-0 Canada Canada
(Córdoba, Argentina; June 20, 2001)
CONCACAF U-20 Championship
Appearances 18 (First in 1973)
Best result Winners, (1986 and 1997)

Canada U-20 men's national soccer team, also known as Canada Under-20s or Canada U-20s, is the youth club for national soccer in Canada. It plays a large role in the development of Canadian soccer, and is considered to be the feeder team for the Canada men's national soccer team. The team has qualified for 8 out of 16 FIFA U-20 World Cups and five of the last six, and their best result came in 2003 where they reached the Quarter-finals.

The team also competes in the CONCACAF U20 Tournament, and many of its members are former FIFA U-17 World Cup participants. Will Johnson was among the veterans of the side to take part in the 2008 CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.

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Team history

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1976-1996

Canada's Under-20 soccer team was created in 1976 as Canada's response to the newly created World youth Championship. The team failed to quailify for the inaugural tournament in 1977 in Tunisia, but they qualified for the following tournament two years later in Japan. They finished last in their group with two points, but they did manage to defeat Portugal 3-1. The next time the team qualified for a World youth Championship was in 1985, in the USSR, again they came last in their group with only one point. In the 1987 WYC in Chile, Canada's Under-20 soccer team put up a good effort scoring four goals, and tying Italy, however they still did not manage to get out of the group stage.

1997-2004

In 1997, after failing to qualify for four World Youth Championships (as the event was known until 2005) in a row, Canada made it past the group stage. The team progressed to the second round ater a 2-1 win against Hungary in which a young Dwayne De Rosario scored a goal. They lost the round of 16 game against Spain 2-0.

After missing the tournament in 1999, Canada qualified for Argentina 2001 after winning the qualifying tournament based on home soil in Vancouver, British Columbia. At the finals, they finished last and were eliminated from a group including Brazil, Germany and Iraq.

Canada once again appearaned in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in United Arab Emirates. They qualified to the round of 16 where they blanked Burkina Faso 1-0, and in a rematch against 1997 conquerors Spain, Canada lost in the quarter finals. Iain Hume scored three goals for Canada including a direct free kick against Spain while Atiba Hutchinson was an impressive performer in midfield.

2005-Present

In the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships in the Netherlands, Canada were eliminated in the group stage after tying once and losing twice. One bright side of the tournament was Jaime Peters' and Marcel De Jong's goals.

In the build-up to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as the tournament came to be known, Canada's defeated Brazil in the first game of a three game series, winning 2- in front of 14 000+ at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on May 19, 2006. David Edgar and Will Johnson scored and Stephen Lumley made goal-line clearance to preserve Canada's first win over a Brazilian men's team at any level. Canada lost the remaining two matches 3-1. Despite an impressive run in friendlies leading up to the competition, Canada went winless in first round play without scoring a goal on home soil.

Current U-20 national team members

Players called to training camp in September 2009.

Head coach: Canada Tony Fonseca

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 GK Michal Misiewicz January 11, 1990 (1990-01-11) (age 20) 1 England Sunderland
2 DF Shawn Kodejs July 19, 1990 (1990-07-19) (age 19) 0 Canada Halifax Dunbrack SC
3 DF Alex Surprenant November 4, 1989 (1989-11-04) (age 20) 2 Canada Montreal Impact
4 DF Taylor Lord May 30, 1990 (1990-05-30) (age 19) 3 Canada Portugal FC
5 DF Gino Mauro May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06) (age 18) 4 Italy U.S. Pro Vercelli Calcio
6 MF Agustin De Medina February 13, 1990 (1990-02-13) (age 19) 4 Canada Brampton Lions
7 MF Mozesh Gyorio September 1, 1989 (1989-09-01) (age 20) 4 United States San Jacinto College
8 MF Philippe Davies December 12, 1990 (1990-12-12) (age 19) 10 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
9 FW Reda Agourram December 10, 1990 (1990-12-10) (age 19) 3 Canada Attak de Trois-Rivières
10 MF Derek Gaudet May 14, 1989 (1989-05-14) (age 20) 2 Canada Halifax Dunbrack SC
11 FW Mohamed Sylla April 14, 1990 (1990-04-14) (age 19) 3 no club
12 MF Macca Wilde March 11, 1990 (1990-03-11) (age 19) 0 Canada Toronto Lynx
13 DF Goran Vlaški January 18, 1989 (1989-01-18) (age 20) 2 Canada Serbian White Eagles
14 DF Paris Nakajima-Farran August 11, 1989 (1989-08-11) (age 20) 11 Denmark Næstved BK
15 FW Jarek Whiteman June 28, 1990 (1990-06-28) (age 19) 4 Canada North York Astros
16 MF Miloš Šćepanović June 28, 1989 (1989-06-28) (age 20) 2 Canada Serbian White Eagles
17 FW John Pegg May 12, 1991 (1991-05-12) (age 18) 2 United States Seattle Redhawks
18 FW Alex Semenets March 10, 1990 (1990-03-10) (age 19) 4 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
19 FW Vladimir Vuković March 16, 1989 (1989-03-16) (age 20) 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Laktasi
20 GK Robert Stillo March 15, 1991 (1991-03-15) (age 18) 3 Italy Genoa CFC

Recent call-ups

All call-ups updated to October 05, 2009.

Goalkeepers
Player Date of birth Club Caps (clean sheets)
Keenan Gracey 1991-2-16 England Wigan Athletic F.C. 0 (0)
Julien Latendresse-Levesque 1991-02-27 Germany FC Energie Cottbus II 1 (0)
Adam Street 1991-07-07 England West Ham United 1 (0)
Defenders
Player Date of birth Club Caps (goals)
Drew Beckie 1990-9-30 United States Real Colorado 1 (0)
Ethan Gage 1991-05-08 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps 1 (0)
Olivier Lacoste-Lebuis 1990-08-28 United States Maryland Terrapins 7 (0)
Octavio Maginnis Castro 1990-02-03 Netherlands FC Dordrecht 0 (0)
Adam Straith 11/11/1990 Germany FC Energie Cottbus II 5 (0)
Jaisel Mistry 1990-07-10 Canada Toronto East Wildcats 20 (0)
Taylor Walker 09/26/1989 England Unattached 1 (0)
Midfielders
Player Date of birth Club Caps (goals)
Andrew Barsalona 1990-03-08 United States UAB Blazers 1 (0)
Kyle Bekker 1990-3-27 United States Boston College 0 (0)
Matthew Lam 1989-09-10 England Sheffield United FC 1 (0)
Jovan Ivanovich 1989-05-02 Canada London AEK 1 (0)
Michael Pereira 03/09/1989 United States Providence College 1 (0)
Sean Rosa 1989-6-7 United States Brown Bears 2 (0)
Shaun Saiko 11/13/1989 England Middlesbrough F.C. 1 (0)
Rhys Volkenant 1991-4-29 Canada Trinity Western Spartans 0 (0)
Forwards
Player Date of birth Club Caps (goals)
Teal Bunbury 1990-2-17 United States Akron Zips 1 (0)
Mac Pridham United States Cal Poly Mustangs 0 (0)
Garrett Traversy 1990-5-7 Canada Trinity Western Spartans 0 (0)
David Velastegui 1991-04-01 Canada Mississauga Dixie Blue Devils 0 (0)

Staff

  • Head Coach … Tony Fonseca
  • Assistant Coach … Mark Watson
  • Goalkeeper coach … Djamel Laarabi
  • Athletic Therapist … Jared Postance
  • Athletic Therapist … Dave Foley
  • Manager … Morgan Quarry

Notable former players

FIFA U-20 World Cup record

  • Tunisia 1977 - Did not Qualify
  • Japan 1979 - Round 1
  • Australia 1981 - Did not Qualify
  • Mexico 1983 - Did not Qualify
  • Soviet Union 1985 - Round 1
  • Chile 1987 - Round 1
  • Saudi Arabia 1989 - Did not Qualify
  • Portugal 1991 - Did not Qualify
  • Australia 1993 - Did not Qualify
  • Qatar 1995 - Did not Qualify
  • Malaysia 1997 - Round of 16
  • Nigeria 1999 - Did not Qualify
  • Argentina 2001 - Round 1
  • United Arab Emirates 2003 - Quarter-finals
  • Netherlands 2005 - Round 1
  • Canada 2007 - Round 1
  • Egypt 2009 - Did not Qualify

Honours

CONCACAF U-20 Championship:

  • Champions
1986,1997

References

External links


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