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 Rob Gale
Most caps David Edgar (27)
Top scorer Iain Hume (7)
FIFA code CAN
First colours
Second colours
First international
Nicaragua Nicaragua 1–1 Canada Canada
(Puebla, Mexico; February 20, 1973)

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.

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 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.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named to the roster for the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Nolan Wirth (1995-01-24) January 24, 1995 (age 21) 3 0 United States Oregon State University
18 1GK Marco Carducci (1996-09-06) September 6, 1996 (age 19) 2 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2 2DF Chris Serban (1995-11-15) November 15, 1995 (age 20) 5 0 Canada Whitecaps FC 2
3 2DF Sam Adekugbe (1995-01-16) January 16, 1995 (age 21) 4 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
5 2DF Luca Gasparotto (1995-08-05) August 5, 1995 (age 20) 4 0 Scotland Rangers
4 2DF Alex Comsia (1996-08-01) August 1, 1996 (age 19) 3 0 France RC Strasbourg
11 2DF Jordan Haynes (1996-01-17) January 17, 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Canada Whitecaps FC 2
12 2DF Jackson Farmer (1995-05-03) May 3, 1995 (age 20) 2 1 Canada Whitecaps FC 2
15 2DF Brandon John (1995-01-05) January 5, 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Germany Erzgebirge Aue
20 3MF Michael Petrasso (1995-07-09) July 9, 1995 (age 20) 6 1 England Queens Park Rangers
10 3MF Marco Bustos (1996-04-22) April 22, 1996 (age 19) 5 1 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
19 3MF Kianz Froese (1996-04-16) April 16, 1996 (age 19) 4 1 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
7 3MF Louis Béland-Goyette (1995-09-15) September 15, 1995 (age 20) 4 0 Canada Montreal Impact
8 3MF Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé (1995-03-09) March 9, 1995 (age 20) 4 0 Canada Montreal Impact
13 3MF Hanson Boakai (1996-10-28) October 28, 1996 (age 19) 3 1 Canada FC Edmonton
6 3MF Manny Aparicio (1995-09-17) September 17, 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Canada Toronto FC II
14 3MF Christopher Nanco (1995-02-15) February 15, 1995 (age 20) 2 0 United States Syracuse University
16 4FW Jordan Hamilton (1996-03-17) March 17, 1996 (age 19) 5 3 Canada Toronto FC II
17 4FW Cyle Larin (1995-04-17) April 17, 1995 (age 20) 5 0 United States Orlando City
9 4FW Calum Ferguson (1995-02-12) February 12, 1995 (age 20) 3 0 Scotland Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Recent call-ups[edit]

These players have previously participated in camps during the current U-20 cycle.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Daniel Milton (1996-11-26) November 26, 1996 (age 19) Canada Thunder Bay Chill
2DF Marko Aleksic (1996-09-10) September 10, 1996 (age 19) Canada FC Edmonton
2DF Sebastian Cabrera (1995-02-26) February 26, 1995 (age 20) Canada FC Edmonton Academy
2DF Quinton Duncan (1995-04-19) April 19, 1995 (age 20) United States University of Tulsa
2DF Cedric Saint-Cyr (1996-04-10) April 10, 1996 (age 19) Germany FC Astoria Walldorf
2DF Enrique Garcea Canada University of Winnipeg
2DF Austin Giftopoulos United States Crossfire Premier
3MF Mitch Piraux (1995-04-18) April 18, 1995 (age 20) Canada Whitecaps FC 2
3MF Dylan Carreiro (1995-01-20) January 20, 1995 (age 21) Scotland Arbroath
3MF Adam Bouchard (1996-03-12) March 12, 1996 (age 19) Canada Toronto FC II
3MF Kwame Awuah (1995-12-12) December 12, 1995 (age 20) United States Connecticut Huskies
3MF Fraser Aird (1995-02-02) February 2, 1995 (age 21) Scotland Rangers
4FW Brody Huitema (1995-10-31) October 31, 1995 (age 20) United States Duke University
4FW Charles Joly Canada FC Montreal
4FW Sadi Jalali (1995-06-06) June 6, 1995 (age 20) Canada FC Edmonton

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 To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 8/20 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
Total 2 Titles 21/25 94 46 18 30 178 103

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
Total 2 Titles 7/7 25 9 5 11 30 46

Honours[edit]

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Football at the Jeux de la Francophonie

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