Canada men's national under-20 soccer team

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Canada Under 20
Nickname(s) The Canucks
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)
FIFA code CAN
First colours
Second 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

 United States 5–0 Canada Canada
(Sunrise, Florida, USA; December 18, 2010)
 Niger 6–1 Canada Canada
(Niamey, Niger; December 8, 2005)

 Cameroon 5–0 Canada 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.

The team also competes in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which they won in 1986 and 1996.

Team history[edit]

1976–1996[edit]

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.

1997–2004[edit]

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.

2005–present[edit]

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[edit]

Canada[edit]

The 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship roster.

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1GK Maxime Crepeau (1994-05-11) May 11, 1994 (age 20) Canada Académie Impact Montréal
1GK Ricky Gomes (1993-07-19) July 19, 1993 (age 21) Portugal Vitoria FC
2DF Jon Dollery (1993-07-09) July 9, 1993 (age 21) England Crawley Town
2DF Marco Lapenna (1994-01-11) January 11, 1994 (age 20) Germany FC Erzgebirge Aue
2DF Doneil Henry (1993-04-20) April 20, 1993 (age 21) Canada Toronto FC
2DF Daniel Stanese (1994-01-21) January 21, 1994 (age 20) Germany 1. FC Nürnberg
2DF Manjrekar James (1993-08-05) August 5, 1993 (age 20) Hungary PMFC-MATIAS
2DF Allan Zebie (1993-05-29) May 29, 1993 (age 21) Canada FC Edmonton
3MF Samuel Piette (1994-11-12) November 12, 1994 (age 19) Germany Fortuna Dusseldorf
3MF Ben Fisk (1993-02-04) February 4, 1993 (age 21) Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
3MF Keven Aleman (1994-03-25) March 25, 1994 (age 20) Spain Real Valladolid
3MF Michael Petrasso (1995-07-09) July 9, 1995 (age 19) England Queens Park Rangers
3MF Dylan Carreiro (1995-01-20) January 20, 1995 (age 19) England Queens Park Rangers
3MF Alessandro Riggi (1993-11-30) November 30, 1993 (age 20) Portugal Atlético S.C.
3MF Mauro Eustaquio (1993-02-18) February 18, 1993 (age 21) Canada Ottawa Fury FC
3MF Zakaria Messoudi (1993-10-01) October 1, 1993 (age 20) Canada Académie Impact Montréal
3MF Ben McKendry (1993-03-25) March 25, 1993 (age 21) United States University of New Mexico
4FW Caleb Clarke (1993-06-23) June 23, 1993 (age 21) Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
4FW Stefan Vuković (1993-03-18) March 18, 1993 (age 21) Poland Śląsk Wrocław
4FW Aba-al-hasan Mohasar (1994-07-19) July 19, 1994 (age 20) Canada Montreal Impact Academy

Staff[edit]

  • 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[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup record[edit]

  • 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
  • Colombia 2011 – Did not Qualify
  • Turkey 2013 – Did not Qualify

Honours[edit]

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Football at the Jeux de la Francophonie

References[edit]

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