Canada men's national under-20 soccer team

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Canada Under-20
Nickname(s)The Canucks
Les Rouges (The Reds)
AssociationCanadian Soccer Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Head coachAndrew Olivieri
Most capsDavid Edgar (27)
Top scorerIain Hume (7)
FIFA codeCAN
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Nicaragua 1–1 Canada 
(Puebla, Mexico; February 20, 1973)
Biggest win
 Canada 9–0 Dominican Republic 
(Tegucigalpa, Honduras; November 26, 1978)
Biggest defeat
 United States 5–0 Canada 
(Sunrise, Florida, United States; December 18, 2010)
 Cameroon 5–0 Canada 
(Niamey, Niger; December 6, 2005)
 Niger 6–1 Canada 
(Niamey, Niger; December 8, 2005)[citation needed]

The Canada U-20 men's national soccer team, also known as Canada Under-20s or Canada U-20s, is a youth team 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.

Canada's most significant accomplishments at youth level are winning the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and Francophone Games twice, reaching quarterfinals of the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and defeating Brazil U-20 2-1 in a friendly on May 19, 2006, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

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 after 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.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were named to the squad for the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.[1]

Caps and goals as of November 10, 2018, after the game against Martinique.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alessandro Busti (2000-06-30) June 30, 2000 (age 19) 3 0 Italy A.C. Belluno 1905
18 1GK Thomas Hasal (1999-07-09) July 9, 1999 (age 20) 5 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy

2 2DF Émile Legault (2000-04-10) April 10, 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Canada Pacific FC
3 2DF Daniel Kinumbe (1999-03-15) March 15, 1999 (age 20) 3 0 Canada Ottawa Fury
5 2DF Julian Dunn-Johnson (2000-07-11) July 11, 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Canada Toronto FC
13 2DF Terique Mohammed (2000-01-27) January 27, 2000 (age 19) 2 0 Canada Toronto FC II
16 2DF Rocco Romeo (2000-03-25) March 25, 2000 (age 19) 3 0 Canada Toronto FC II

4 3MF Michael Baldisimo (2000-04-13) April 13, 2000 (age 19) 3 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
6 3MF Yohan Le Bourhis (2000-03-09) March 9, 2000 (age 19) 3 0 Canada Montreal Impact Academy
7 3MF Clément Bayiha (1999-03-08) March 8, 1999 (age 20) 5 1 Canada Montreal Impact
8 3MF Noble Okello (2000-07-20) July 20, 2000 (age 19) 5 3 Canada Toronto FC
10 3MF Mathieu Choinière (1999-02-07) February 7, 1999 (age 20) 5 1 Canada Montreal Impact
11 3MF Noah Verhoeven (1999-06-15) June 15, 1999 (age 20) 5 0 Canada Pacific FC
12 3MF Dante Campbell (1999-05-22) May 22, 1999 (age 20) 5 0 Canada Toronto FC II
14 3MF Benson Fazili (2000-01-12) January 12, 2000 (age 19) 1 0 Latvia FK Metta
20 3MF Steffen Yeates (2000-01-04) January 4, 2000 (age 19) 1 1 United States UConn Huskies

9 4FW Theo Bair (1999-08-27) August 27, 1999 (age 20) 5 1 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
15 4FW José Hernández (2000-03-19) March 19, 2000 (age 19) 3 1 Canada Pacific FC
17 4FW Adonijah Reid (1999-08-13) August 13, 1999 (age 20) 5 1 France Le Havre
19 4FW Jordan Perruzza (2001-01-16) January 16, 2001 (age 18) 4 1 Canada Toronto FC II

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months and are still eligible at U20 level.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Axel Desjardins (2000-01-13) January 13, 2000 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Spezia Calcio 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA

DF Justin Yarde (2001-05-20) May 20, 2001 (age 18) 0 0 United States Montverde Academy 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA

MF Calin Calaidjoglu (2001-01-18) January 18, 2001 (age 18) 0 0 Canada Montreal Impact Academy 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA
MF Mohamed Omar (1999-08-09) August 9, 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC II 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA
MF Jacob Shaffelburg (1999-11-26) November 26, 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA

Notes:

  • TRA = Training player

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

U-20 World Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Tunisia 1977 Did not qualify
Japan 1979 Group stage 13th of 16 3 1 0 2 3 5
Australia 1981 Did not qualify
Mexico 1983
Soviet Union 1985 Group stage 14th of 16 3 0 1 2 0 7
Chile 1987 Group stage 12th of 16 3 0 2 1 4 5
Saudi Arabia 1989 Did not qualify
Portugal 1991
Australia 1993
Qatar 1995
Malaysia 1997 Round of 16 13th of 24 4 1 1 2 3 5
Nigeria 1999 Did not qualify
Argentina 2001 Group stage 24th of 24 3 0 0 3 0 9
United Arab Emirates 2003 Quarter-finals 8th of 24 5 2 0 3 4 6
Netherlands 2005 Group stage 21st of 24 3 0 1 2 2 7
Canada 2007 Group Stage 24th of 24 3 0 0 3 0 6
Egypt 2009 Did not qualify
Colombia 2011
Turkey 2013
New Zealand 2015
South Korea 2017
Poland 2019
Indonesia 2021 To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 8/23 27 4 5 18 16 50

CONCACAF U-20 Championship[edit]

CONCACAF U-20 Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Panama 1962 Did not enter
Guatemala 1964
Cuba 1970
Mexico 1973 Fourth place 4th of 6 4 0 1 3 2 6
Canada 1974 Quarter-finals 4th of 12 4 3 1 0 13 4
Puerto Rico 1976 Second round 5th of 15 6 2 1 3 14 13
Honduras 1978 Runner-up 2nd of 13 7 3 1 3 16 4
United States 1980 Semi-finals 4th of 18 5 2 3 0 6 2
Guatemala 1982 Second round 5th of 12 5 2 1 2 10 8
Trinidad and Tobago 1984 Runner-up 2nd of 16 8 4 3 1 13 4
Trinidad and Tobago 1986 Champions 1st of 10 7 6 1 0 23 2
Guatemala 1988 Group stage 6th of 10 4 1 1 2 4 4
Guatemala 1990 Group stage 5th of 12 2 1 1 0 1 0
Canada 1992 Third place 3rd of 11 5 3 1 1 12 6
Honduras 1994 Third place 3rd of 12 6 3 0 3 18 10
Mexico 1996 Champions 1st of 12 5 4 1 0 10 2
GuatemalaTrinidad and Tobago 1998 Group stage 6th of 8 3 1 0 2 4 7
CanadaTrinidad and Tobago 2001 Group stage 3rd of 8 3 2 1 0 2 0
PanamaUnited States 2003 Group stage 2nd of 8 3 2 1 0 5 2
United StatesHonduras 2005 Group stage 2nd of 8 3 3 0 0 4 1
PanamaMexico 2007 Did not enter
Trinidad and Tobago 2009 Group stage 5th of 8 3 1 0 2 3 3
Guatemala 2011 Quarter-finals 7th of 12 3 1 0 2 2 7
Mexico 2013 Quarter-finals 6th of 12 3 1 0 2 8 7
Jamaica 2015 Group Stage 9th of 12 5 1 0 4 8 11
Costa Rica 2017 Group Stage 9th of 12 3 1 0 2 2 6
Total 2 Titles 22/26 97 47 18 32 180 109

Jeux de la Francophonie[edit]

Jeux de la Francophonie record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Morocco 1989 Gold medal 1st of 10 4 3 1 0 9 3
France 1994 Group stage 5th of 9 2 1 0 1 6 5
Madagascar 1997 Gold medal 1st of 10 5 2 2 1 3 2
Canada 2001 Quarter-finals 6th of 12 4 1 1 2 4 7
Niger 2005 Group stage 12th of 12 3 0 0 3 1 13
Lebanon 2009 Fourth place 4th of 9 4 1 1 2 4 9
France 2013 Group stage 10th of 14 3 1 0 2 3 7
Ivory Coast 2017 Group stage 7th of 16 3 2 0 1 3 4
Total 2 Titles 8/8 28 11 5 12 33 50

Honours[edit]

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Football at the Jeux de la Francophonie

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canada announces squad for the Concacaf Men's Under-20 Championship". CanadaSoccer.com. October 24, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.

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