Jayden Nelson - Canada Under-17s - May 9, 2019

Canada Soccer on Friday announced their final roster for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil which kicks off later this month, and all but one member of the 21-player squad hails from an MLS academy or affiliated youth program.


Toronto FC’s academy is well represented with eight players, including Jayden Nelson (pictured above) one of the stars of this year’s Generation adidas Cup.


Meanwhile the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps systems each send six players. Goalkeeper Marc Kouadio of the Montverde Academy in Florida is the sole representative from outside Canada’s three MLS clubs.


“It’s been a big year for our Men’s EXCEL Program with semifinal finishes at both the Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship and Concacaf Boys’ Under-15 Championship,” said Andrew Olivieri, the U-17s’ head coach and U-14 to U-17 Program Director of Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL initiative, which aims to identify and nurture future national-team talent across the country. “What an exciting time to not only be in Brazil, but also to play Brazil in the opening match.”


Drawn into Group A, Canada will open against Brazil on Oct. 26, then face Angola on Oct. 29 and New Zealand on Nov. 1. All three of Canada’s group matches will be played at Estadio Walmir Campelo Bezerra in Brasilia, and will be broadcast live in Canada on TSN and RDS. Should they advance to the tournament’s knockout phase, the Round of 16 opens on Nov. 5 and the action peaks with the final on Nov. 17 in Brasilia.


Canada qualified for the U-17 World Cup by virtue of their run to the semifinals of the 2019 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, as they outlasted Costa Rica in a penalty-kick shootout in the quarterfinals before falling to the United States in the semis. The US, Haiti and Concacaf champions Mexico will also represent the region in Brazil.


Canada U-17 World Cup roster

Pos.
Player
Club
GK
Benjamin Collins
Montreal Impact
GK
Eleias Himaras
Toronto FC
GK
Marc Kouadio
Montverde Academy
D
Emiliano Brienza
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D
Nathan Demian
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D
Gianfranco Facchineri
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D
Keesean Ferdinand
Montreal Impact
D
Kobe Franklin
Toronto FC
D
Rohan Goulbourne
Toronto FC
D
Deylen Vellios
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M
Julian Altobelli
Toronto FC
M
Tomas Giraldo
Montreal Impact
M
Deandre Kerr
Toronto FC
M
Damiano Pecile
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M
Ralph Priso-Mbongue
Toronto FC
M
Sean Rea
Montreal Impact
F
Matt Catavolo
Montreal Impact
F
Kamron Habibullah
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F
Mouhamadou Kane
Montreal Impact
F
Jayden Nelson
Toronto FC
F
Jacen Russell-Rowe
Toronto FC