Canada men's national under-23 soccer team

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Canada Under-23
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Canucks, Les Rouges (The Reds)
Association Canadian Soccer Association
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Mauro Biello
Top scorer Rob Friend (12)
FIFA code CAN
First colours
Second colours
First international
Canada Canada 3–0 Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
(Burnaby, Canada; May 5, 1991)
Biggest win
Canada Canada 14–0 US Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands
(Saint John, Canada; September 10, 2003)
Biggest defeat
Australia Australia 5–0 Canada Canada
(Sydney, Australia; June 2, 1996)

The Canada men's national under-23 soccer team or the Canada Olympic soccer team represents Canada in international soccer at this age level and is controlled by the Canadian Soccer Association, the governing body for soccer in Canada.[1]

Unlike UEFA member associations that use U-21 regional competitions as Olympic qualifying, as a member of CONCACAF, Canada's U-23 team competes in regional qualifying in the same year as the summer Olympics and its call-ups are traditionally only limited to players under 23 years of age.

History[edit]

2008 qualifying[edit]

Known for his vocal antics on the touchline, Nick Dasovic led Canada through Olympic qualifying in 2008, drawing Mexico 1–1 and helping to eliminate the heavily favoured Mexican side in the process. After a highly promising 5–0 win over Guatemala on a night when Mexico had to better that result against Haiti but could only win 5–1, Canada fell to the United States 3–0 in the semifinal, losing out on a spot in Beijing at the Olympics that summer. Canada recovered to defeat Guatemala in the third-place playoff, a rematch of their first round game, winning on penalties (5–3) after a scoreless draw through 120 minutes.

2012 qualifying[edit]

Tony Fonseca led Canada to an opening game 0–0 draw against El Salvador. Following this, Canada stunned the United States 2–0, contributing to their surprising early elimination on home soil. Canada disappointed in their final group stage game with a 1–1 tie versus Cuba, setting up a more difficult semi-final for them against Mexico, which they would lose 3–1.

2016 qualifying[edit]

It was announced in August 2015 that Canada head coach Benito Floro would be in charge of the Olympic team. The final squad for qualification was announced on September 18, 2015.[2]

Schedule and recent results[edit]

As of June 5, 2018[3]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were named to the roster for the 2018 Toulon Tournament from May 26 to June 9, 2018.[4][5]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK James Pantemis (1997-02-21) February 21, 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Canada Montreal Impact
18 1GK Alessandro Busti (2000-06-30) June 30, 2000 (age 18) 2 0 Italy Juventus

2 2DF Michael Baldisimo (2000-04-13) April 13, 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
3 2DF Daniel Kinumbe (1999-03-15) March 15, 1999 (age 19) 4 0 Canada Montreal Impact
4 2DF Kosovar Sadiki (1998-08-27) August 27, 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Croatia Lokomotiva
5 2DF Derek Cornelius (1997-11-25) November 25, 1997 (age 20) 3 0 Serbia Javor Ivanjica
12 2DF Julian Dunn-Johnson (2000-07-11) July 11, 2000 (age 18) 3 0 Canada Toronto FC
13 2DF Clément Bayiha (1999-03-08) March 8, 1999 (age 19) 3 0 Canada Montreal Impact
19 2DF Émile Legault (2000-04-10) April 10, 2000 (age 18) 3 0 France Auxerre

6 3MF Matthew Roberts (2000-04-02) April 2, 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Wales Swansea City
7 3MF Kris Twardek (1997-03-08) March 8, 1997 (age 21) 4 0 England Millwall
8 3MF Mathieu Choinière (1999-02-07) February 7, 1999 (age 19) 4 1 Canada Montreal Impact
10 3MF Aidan Daniels (1998-09-06) September 6, 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Canada Toronto FC
14 3MF David Norman Jr. (1998-05-31) May 31, 1998 (age 20) 4 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
15 3MF Noah Verhoeven (1998-06-15) June 15, 1998 (age 20) 4 1 United States Fresno FC
16 3MF Noble Okello (2000-07-20) July 20, 2000 (age 18) 4 0 Canada Toronto FC II
20 3MF Shamit Shome (1997-09-05) September 5, 1997 (age 20) 4 0 Canada Montreal Impact

9 4FW Jonathan David (2000-01-14) January 14, 2000 (age 18) 2 0 Belgium Gent II
11 4FW Liam Millar (1999-09-27) September 27, 1999 (age 18) 4 0 England Liverpool
17 4FW Theo Bair (1999-08-27) August 27, 1999 (age 18) 3 1 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Recent call-ups[edit]

These players have been previously called up to U-23 camps and are still of age for the current cycle.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Thomas Hasal (1999-07-09) July 9, 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC

2DF Kadin Chung (1998-09-05) September 5, 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Germany 1. FC Kaiserslautern II
2DF Thomas Meilleur-Giguère (1997-11-13) November 13, 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Canada Ottawa Fury
2DF Kamal Miller (1997-05-16) May 16, 1997 (age 21) 0 0 United States Syracuse University
2DF Terique Mohammed (2000-01-27) January 27, 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC
2DF Jake Ruby (2000-06-04) June 4, 2000 (age 18) 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC

3MF Mansoor Afzaly (1997-08-28) August 28, 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Canada Sigma FC
3MF Tristan Borges (1998-08-26) August 26, 1998 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Heerenveen
3MF David Choinière (1997-02-07) February 7, 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Canada Montreal Impact
3MF Alphonso Davies (2000-11-02) November 2, 2000 (age 17) 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC
3MF Liam Fraser (1998-02-13) February 13, 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC

4FW Shaan Hundal (1999-07-14) July 14, 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC II
4FW Adonijah Reid (1999-08-13) August 13, 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Canada Ottawa Fury
4FW Luca Uccello (1997-06-17) June 17, 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Canada Toronto FC II
4FW Gabriel Wiethaeuper-Balbinotti (1998-04-12) April 12, 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Canada Ottawa Fury

Competitive record[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

Summer Olympics record Summer Olympics
Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Spain 1992 Did not qualify 10 4 2 4 18 16
United States 1996 7 2 3 2 9 10
Australia 2000 5 2 2 1 3 2
Greece 2004 3 0 0 3 1 5
China 2008 5 1 2 2 7 6
United Kingdom 2012 4 1 2 1 4 4
Brazil 2016 5 1 1 3 6 10
Japan 2020 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/7 39 11 12 16 48 53

Pan American Games[edit]

Pan American Games record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
Argentina 1995 Did not participate
Canada 1999 Fourth place 4th of 10 6 2 2 2 6 6
Dominican Republic 2003 Did not participate
Brazil 2007
Mexico 2011
Canada 2015 Group stage 7th of 8 3 0 1 2 1 6
Total Fourth place 2/6 9 2 3 4 7 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Post (March 28, 2012). "Canada will face Mexico for Olympic soccer berth". Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Canada M23 picks players for CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers". September 18, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Canada Soccer brings together talented youth for international tournament". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "Canada Soccer brings together talented youth for international tournament". Canada Soccer. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Squad update". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 19 May 2018. 

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