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)
AssociationCanadian Soccer Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Head coachMauro Biello
Top scorerRob Friend (12)
FIFA codeCAN
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]

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.

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