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 coachMauro Biello
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.

Fixtures and recent results[edit]

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2022[edit]

April 15 Friendly Costa Rica  0–3  Canada Alajuela Province; Costa Rica
1:00 PM EDT Report Habibullah 20'
Jesse Costa 46'
Catavolo 86'
Stadium: Complejo Deportivo FCRF-Plycem
April 21 Friendly Costa Rica  1–0  Canada Alajuela Province; Costa Rica
1:00 PM EDT J. Bennette 15' Report Stadium: Complejo Deportivo FCRF-Plycem
June 18 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Cuba  1–0  Canada Tegucigalpa, Honduras
15:00 Kevin Martin 42' Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Said Martínez
June 22 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Canada  4–0  Saint Kitts and Nevis Tegucigalpa, Honduras
15:00 T. Coimbra 59'
M. Catavolo 65'
L. Wright 78'
M. Henry 80'
Report Stadium: Estadio Nacional
Referee: Oshane Nation

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were called up for the 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 Championship[1] that will be hosted in Honduras, in the cities of San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa from June 18 to July 3, 2022.[2]

Caps and goals as of June 22, 2022, after the match against Saint Kitts and Navis U20.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ben Alexander (2003-06-27) June 27, 2003 (age 18) 3 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
18 1GK Dino Bontis (2004-08-03) August 3, 2004 (age 17) 1 0 Canada Forge FC

2 2DF Noah Abatneh (2004-09-28) September 28, 2004 (age 17) 3 0 Italy Lazio U18
6 2DF Matteo Campagna (2004-06-27) June 27, 2004 (age 17) 5 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
12 2DF Jefferson Alphonse (2003-06-12) June 12, 2003 (age 19) 4 0 Canada CF Montréal Academy
15 2DF Keesean Ferdinand (2003-08-17) August 17, 2003 (age 18) 3 0 Canada CF Montréal U23
13 2DF Kobe Franklin (2003-05-10) May 10, 2003 (age 19) 3 0 Canada Toronto FC II
5 2DF Jamie Knight-Lebel (2004-12-24) December 24, 2004 (age 17) 4 0 England Bristol City U18
3 2DF Kwasi Poku (2003-02-06) February 6, 2003 (age 19) 4 0 Canada Forge FC
4 2DF Justin Smith (2003-02-04) February 4, 2003 (age 19) 5 0 France Nice II

10 3MF Matthew Catavolo (2003-02-13) February 13, 2003 (age 19) 5 3 Canada Valour FC
17 3MF Jessé Costa (2005-04-28) April 28, 2005 (age 17) 3 1 Germany Wolfsburg U17
16 3MF Maël Henry (2004-05-26) May 26, 2004 (age 18) 5 1 Canada CF Montréal Academy
14 3MF Gabriel Pellegrino (2004-03-25) March 25, 2004 (age 18) 4 0 Germany Freiburg U19
8 3MF Rida Zouhir (2003-11-23) November 23, 2003 (age 18) 3 0 Canada CF Montreal

7 4FW Jean-Aniel Assi (2004-08-12) August 12, 2004 (age 17) 2 0 Canada Cavalry FC
19 4FW Tiago Coimbra (2004-01-17) January 17, 2004 (age 18) 3 0 Brazil Palmeiras U17
11 4FW Kamron Habibullah (2003-10-23) October 23, 2003 (age 18) 4 1 Canada Pacific FC
20 4FW Hugo Mbongue (2004-07-24) July 24, 2004 (age 17) 3 0 Canada Toronto FC II
9 4FW Lowell Wright (2003-08-19) August 19, 2003 (age 18) 5 2 Canada York United

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Max Anchor (2004-07-21) July 21, 2004 (age 17) 1 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
GK Samuel Banfi (2003-03-07) March 7, 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Canada CF Montréal Academy 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
GK Nikola Borjan (2004-01-03) January 3, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Serbia Red Star Belgrade U19 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
GK Adisa De Rosario (2004-10-27) October 27, 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC II 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipALT
GK Owen Goodman (2003-11-27) November 27, 2003 (age 18) 1 0 England Crystal Palace Academy 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE

DF Loïc Cloutier (2004-04-26) April 26, 2004 (age 18) 1 0 Canada CF Montréal Academy v.  Cuba; June 18, 2022INJ
DF Elage Bah (2004-07-30) July 30, 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
DF Renaud Caron (2004-06-12) June 12, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Canada CF Montréal Academy 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
DF Tyler Crawford (2004-03-09) March 9, 2004 (age 18) 2 0 United States Columbus Crew 2 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
DF Luc de Fougerolles (2005-10-12) October 12, 2005 (age 16) 0 0 England Fulham U18 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
DF Joshua Gordon (2005-07-24) July 24, 2005 (age 16) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC II 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
DF Kundai Mawoko (2005-02-11) February 11, 2005 (age 17) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC II 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
DF Joshué Ndakala (2004-08-04) August 4, 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
DF Adam Pearlman (2004-08-04) August 4, 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC II 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipALT
DF Eric White (2003-03-05) March 5, 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipALT

MF Jordan Alvarez (2004-02-14) February 14, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Portugal Boavista U19 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Paul Amedume (2003-02-28) February 28, 2003 (age 19) 0 0 United States North Texas 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Antoine Coupland (2003-12-13) December 13, 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Croatia Rijeka 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Lucas Dias (2003-01-18) January 18, 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Portugal Sporting CP B 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Tomas Giraldo (2003-03-08) March 8, 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Canada CF Montreal 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Jay Herdman (2004-08-14) August 14, 2004 (age 17) 1 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Max Piepgrass (2004-02-07) February 7, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Canada Cavalry FC 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Jeronimo Sabbatasso (2004-06-04) June 4, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Italy Empoli U18 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Nathan-Dylan Saliba (2004-02-07) February 7, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Canada CF Montreal 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Matteo Schiavoni (2005-04-09) April 9, 2005 (age 17) 0 0 Canada CF Montreal Academy 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
MF Hugo Tavares (2003-01-30) January 30, 2003 (age 19) 2 0 Portugal Paços de Ferreira U19 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipALT
MF Kosi Thompson (2003-01-27) January 27, 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE

FW Theo Afework (2004-01-24) January 24, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Germany Nürnberg U19 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Georgi Atanassov (2004-03-06) March 6, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Bulgaria Arda Kardzhali 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Mataeo Bunbury (2005-06-13) June 13, 2005 (age 17) 1 0 United States Sporting Kansas City II 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Mouhamadou Kane (2003-10-12) October 12, 2003 (age 18) 0 0 Canada York United 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Luca Koleosho (2004-09-15) September 15, 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Spain Espanyol B 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Ronan Kratt (2003-09-02) September 2, 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Germany SSV Ulm 1846 U19 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty INJ (2004-01-16) January 16, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Dieu-Merci Michel (2004-02-09) February 9, 2004 (age 18) 0 0 Portugal Vitoria Guimares B 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Shyon Omrani (2003-10-21) October 21, 2003 (age 18) 1 0 Portugal Vitória de Setúbal U19 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Federico Rose (2004-07-08) July 8, 2004 (age 17) 0 0 Argentina Vélez Sarsfield Academy 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Alexander Sarakinis (2003-06-23) June 23, 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Greece Volos U19 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Lucas Sarakinis (2004-07-30) July 30, 2004 (age 17) 0 0 England Bolton Wanderers Youth 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE
FW Jules-Anthony Vilsaint (2003-01-06) January 6, 2003 (age 19) 0 0 Belgium Royal Antwerp U21 2022 CONCACAF Men's U20 ChampionshipPRE

  • ALT = Alternate player
  • INJ = Injured
  • PRE = Preliminary squad

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 Cancelled
Indonesia 2023 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
United States 2018 Group Stage 5 3 0 2 10 6
Honduras 2020 Cancelled
Honduras 2022 Round of 16 3 1 1 1 6 3
Total 2 Titles 24/28 105 51 19 35 196 118

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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CANADA ANNOUNCES SQUAD FOR CONCACAF MEN'S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP". Canadian Soccer Association. June 10, 2022. Retrieved June 10, 2022.
  2. ^ "Honduras named host for 2022 Concacaf Men's U-20 Championship". Concacaf.com. February 24, 2022. Retrieved February 25, 2022.

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