Canada Soccer have announced their squad for the upcoming Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship, and five players selected are currently on MLS rosters.
Canada Soccer announces squad for the 2018 Concacaf Men's Under-20 Championship in Florida— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) October 24, 2018
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Michael Baldisimo and Theo Bair (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Mathieu Choiniere (Montreal Impact), Julian Dunn (Toronto FC) and Adonijah Reid (FC Dallas) will join their country’s U-20 national team next month in Bradenton, Florida with a spot in next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup on the line.
“This is an opportunity for our young players to show their talent and grow into the Canadian jersey, so it is a chance for us to see more players and see how they cope at the international level,” said Andrew Olivieri, Canada Soccer’s Men's EXCEL U-20 program director in a statement. “There is also an opportunity for some returning players to take on a bigger leadership role and play an important part in this U-20 cycle.”
Choiniere, 19, earned his first call-up to the senior national team in October, joining head coach John Herdman’s side for Concacaf Nations League qualifying. He has also made four appearances for the Impact this season as a substitute.
Canada begins the 35-nation tournament against Dominica on Nov. 2, the first of five games in nine days. The winners from each of six groups after round-robin play will advance to the qualification stage, competing against one another for four spots in next year’s U-20 World Cup in Poland.
Canada U-20 roster for Concacaf Championship
|GK||Thomas Hasal||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|D||Daniel Kinumbe||Ottawa Fury FC|
|D||Julian Dunn||Toronto FC|
|D||Terique Mohammed||Toronto FC|
|D||Antonio Rocco Romeo||Toronto FC|
|M||Michael Baldisimo||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|M||Yohan Le Bourhis||Montreal Impact|
|M||Clement Bayiha||Ottawa Fury FC|
|M||Noble Okello||Toronto FC|
|M||Mathieu Choiniere||Montreal Impact|
|M||Noah Verhoeven||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|M||Dante Campbell||Toronto FC|
|M||Benson Fazili||FK Metta|
|F||Theo Bair||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|F||Jose Hernandez||Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|F||Adonijah Reid||FC Dallas|
|F||Jordan Perruzza||Toronto FC|