Canada land tough group draw in FIFA U-17 World Cup

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In their first participation in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 16 years, Canada will have their work cut out after being drawn on Tuesday into a group headlined by England and Uruguay.

The Canadians will kick off their tournament against the Uruguayans on June 19 in Pachuca, Mexico. Three days later, the Canucks will face England before closing out their group stage on June 25 against Group C’s other team, Rwanda.

Earlier this week, Canada U-17 coach Sean Fleming named a 24-player roster to attend an 11-day camp in Florida ahead of the World Cup. Fleming will use the camp — which runs from Thursday until May 29 — to help determine his final 21-man squad for the tournament.

The Florida training camp features 15 players from the two Canadian MLS academy programs, plus another two players from the youth side of future MLS team Montreal Impact.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Chad Bush (Toronto FC Academy), Maxime Crépeau (Académie Impact Montréal), Quillan Roberts (Toronto FC Academy)

DEFENDERS (6): Luca Gasparotto (SC Toronto), Marco Lapenna (Académie Impact Montréal), Tyler Pasher (Toronto FC Academy), Adam Polakiewicz (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Parker Seymour (Toronto FC Academy), Danie Stanese (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency)

MIDFIELDERS (11): Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Wesley Cain (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Sergio Camargo (Toronto FC Academy), Yassin Essa (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Alex Halis (SC Toronto), Shadrack Mmunga (Unattached), Omari Morris (Toronto FC Academy), Chris Nanco (Sigma FC Academy, Ottawa), Matteo Pasquotti (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Michael Petrasso (Toronto FC Academy), Samuel Piette (FC Metz, France)

FORWARDS (4): Keven Aleman (Toronto FC Academy), Jay Chapman (Toronto FC Academy), Moses Danto (World Soccer Academy, Winnipeg), Sadi Jalali (Edmonton Juventus)