Canada men's national under-20 soccer team
Les Rouges (The Reds)
|Association||Canadian Soccer Association|
|Confederation||CONCACAF (North America)|
|Head coach||Nick Dasovic|
|Most caps||David Edgar (27)|
|Top scorer||Iain Hume (7)|
| Mexico 4–2 Canada
(Vancouver, Canada; August 16, 1977)
| Canada 9–0 Dominican Republic
(Tegucigalpa, Honduras; November 26, 1978)
Cameroon 5–0 Canada
(Niamey, Niger; December 6, 2005)
Canada U-20 men's national soccer team, also known as Canada Under-20s or Canada U-20s, is a 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 eight out of nineteen FIFA U-20 World Cups. Their best result came in 2003 where they reached the quarterfinals.
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 qualify 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.
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 appeared 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.
At 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
The 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship roster.
- Head Coach … Nick Dasovic
- High Performance Director … Tony Fonseca
- Goalkeeper coach … Marius Rovde
- Fitness Coach … Paolo Pacione
- Athletic Therapist … Al Ezaki
- Equipment Manager … Davide DeDonato
- Manager … Les Meszaros
Notable former players
FIFA U-20 World Cup record
- 1977 – Did not Qualify
- 1979 – Round 1
- 1981 – Did not Qualify
- 1983 – Did not Qualify
- 1985 – Round 1
- 1987 – Round 1
- 1989 – Did not Qualify
- 1991 – Did not Qualify
- 1993 – Did not Qualify
- 1995 – Did not Qualify
- 1997 – Round of 16
- 1999 – Did not Qualify
- 2001 – Round 1
- 2003 – Quarter-finals
- 2005 – Round 1
- 2007 – Round 1
- 2009 – Did not Qualify
- 2011 – Did not Qualify
- 2013 – Did not Qualify