Canada men's national under-20 soccer team

The Canada U-20 men's national soccer team, also known as Canada Under-20s or Canada U-20s, is a youth team for national soccer in Canada. It plays a large role in the development of Canadian soccer, and is considered to be the feeder team for the Canada men's national soccer team. The team has qualified for eight out of nineteen FIFA U-20 World Cups. Their best result came in 2003 where they reached the quarterfinals.

Canada Under-20
Nickname(s)The Canucks
Les Rouges (The Reds)
AssociationCanadian Soccer Association
ConfederationCONCACAF (North America)
Head coachAndrew Olivieri
Most capsDavid Edgar (27)
Top scorerIain Hume (7)
FIFA codeCAN
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Nicaragua 1–1 Canada 
(Puebla, Mexico; February 20, 1973)
Biggest win
 Canada 9–0 Dominican Republic 
(Tegucigalpa, Honduras; November 26, 1978)
Biggest defeat
 United States 5–0 Canada 
(Sunrise, Florida, United States; December 18, 2010)
 Cameroon 5–0 Canada 
(Niamey, Niger; December 6, 2005)
 Niger 6–1 Canada 
(Niamey, Niger; December 8, 2005)[citation needed]

The team also competes in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which they won in 1986 and 1996.

Canada's most significant accomplishments at youth level are winning the CONCACAF U-20 Championship and Francophone Games twice, reaching quarterfinals of the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and defeating Brazil U-20 2-1 in a friendly on May 19, 2006, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

Team historyEdit

1976–1996Edit

Canada's Under-20 soccer team was created in 1976 as Canada's response to the newly created World youth Championship. The team failed to qualify for the inaugural tournament in 1977 in Tunisia, but they qualified for the following tournament two years later in Japan. They finished last in their group with two points, but they did manage to defeat Portugal 3–1. The next time the team qualified for a World youth Championship was in 1985, in the USSR, again they came last in their group with only one point. In the 1987 WYC in Chile, Canada's Under-20 soccer team put up a good effort scoring four goals, and tying Italy, however they still did not manage to get out of the group stage.

1997–2004Edit

In 1997, after failing to qualify for four World Youth Championships (as the event was known until 2005) in a row, Canada made it past the group stage. The team progressed to the second round after a 2–1 win against Hungary in which a young Dwayne De Rosario scored a goal. They lost the round of 16 game against Spain 2–0. After missing the tournament in 1999, Canada qualified for Argentina 2001 after winning the qualifying tournament based on home soil in Vancouver, British Columbia. At the finals, they finished last and were eliminated from a group including Brazil, Germany and Iraq.

Canada once again appeared in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in United Arab Emirates. They qualified to the round of 16 where they blanked Burkina Faso 1–0, and in a rematch against 1997 conquerors Spain, Canada lost in the quarter finals. Iain Hume scored three goals for Canada including a direct free kick against Spain while Atiba Hutchinson was an impressive performer in midfield.

2005–presentEdit

At the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championships in the Netherlands, Canada were eliminated in the group stage after tying once and losing twice. One bright side of the tournament was Jaime Peters' and Marcel De Jong's goals.

In the build-up to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as the tournament came to be known, Canada's defeated Brazil in the first game of a three-game series, winning 2- in front of 14 000+ at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on May 19, 2006. David Edgar and Will Johnson scored and Stephen Lumley made goal-line clearance to preserve Canada's first win over a Brazilian men's team at any level. Canada lost the remaining two matches 3–1. Despite an impressive run in friendlies leading up to the competition, Canada went winless in first round play without scoring a goal on home soil.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 20 players were named to the squad for the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.[1]

Caps and goals as of November 10, 2018, after the game against Martinique.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Alessandro Busti (2000-06-30) June 30, 2000 (age 19) 3 0   A.C. Belluno 1905
18 1GK Thomas Hasal (1999-07-09) July 9, 1999 (age 20) 5 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC Academy

2 2DF Émile Legault (2000-04-10) April 10, 2000 (age 20) 4 0   Rio Grande Valley FC
3 2DF Daniel Kinumbe (1999-03-15) March 15, 1999 (age 21) 3 0   HFX Wanderers FC
5 2DF Julian Dunn-Johnson (2000-07-11) July 11, 2000 (age 19) 4 0   Toronto FC
13 2DF Terique Mohammed (2000-01-27) January 27, 2000 (age 20) 2 0   Toronto FC II
16 2DF Rocco Romeo (2000-03-25) March 25, 2000 (age 20) 3 0   Toronto FC II

4 3MF Michael Baldisimo (2000-04-13) April 13, 2000 (age 20) 3 0   Vancouver Whitecaps FC
6 3MF Yohan Le Bourhis (2000-03-09) March 9, 2000 (age 20) 3 0   Valour FC
7 3MF Clément Bayiha (1999-03-08) March 8, 1999 (age 21) 5 1   Montreal Impact
8 3MF Noble Okello (2000-07-20) July 20, 2000 (age 19) 5 3   Toronto FC
10 3MF Mathieu Choinière (1999-02-07) February 7, 1999 (age 21) 5 1   Montreal Impact
11 3MF Noah Verhoeven (1999-06-15) June 15, 1999 (age 21) 5 0   Pacific FC
12 3MF Dante Campbell (1999-05-22) May 22, 1999 (age 21) 5 0   Toronto FC II
14 3MF Benson Fazili (2000-01-12) January 12, 2000 (age 20) 1 0   FK Metta
20 3MF Steffen Yeates (2000-01-04) January 4, 2000 (age 20) 1 1   UConn Huskies

9 4FW Theo Bair (1999-08-27) August 27, 1999 (age 20) 5 1   Vancouver Whitecaps FC
15 4FW José Hernández (2000-03-19) March 19, 2000 (age 20) 3 1   Cavalry FC
17 4FW Adonijah Reid (1999-08-13) August 13, 1999 (age 20) 5 1   Le Havre
19 4FW Jordan Perruzza (2001-01-16) January 16, 2001 (age 19) 4 1   Toronto FC II

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up within the last 12 months and are still eligible at U20 level.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Axel Desjardins (2000-01-13) January 13, 2000 (age 20) 0 0   Spezia Calcio 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA

DF Justin Yarde (2001-05-20) May 20, 2001 (age 19) 0 0   Montverde Academy 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA

MF Calin Calaidjoglu (2001-01-18) January 18, 2001 (age 19) 0 0   SO Cholet 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA
MF Mohamed Omar (1999-08-09) August 9, 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Toronto FC II 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA
MF Jacob Shaffelburg (1999-11-26) November 26, 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Toronto FC 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship TRA

Notes:

  • TRA = Training player

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA U-20 World CupEdit

U-20 World Cup record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1977 Did not qualify
  1979 Group stage 13th of 16 3 1 0 2 3 5
  1981 Did not qualify
  1983
  1985 Group stage 14th of 16 3 0 1 2 0 7
  1987 Group stage 12th of 16 3 0 2 1 4 5
  1989 Did not qualify
  1991
  1993
  1995
  1997 Round of 16 13th of 24 4 1 1 2 3 5
  1999 Did not qualify
  2001 Group stage 24th of 24 3 0 0 3 0 9
  2003 Quarter-finals 8th of 24 5 2 0 3 4 6
  2005 Group stage 21st of 24 3 0 1 2 2 7
  2007 Group Stage 24th of 24 3 0 0 3 0 6
  2009 Did not qualify
  2011
  2013
  2015
  2017
  2019
  2021 To be determined
Total Quarter-finals 8/23 27 4 5 18 16 50

CONCACAF U-20 ChampionshipEdit

CONCACAF U-20 Championship record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1962 Did not enter
  1964
  1970
  1973 Fourth place 4th of 6 4 0 1 3 2 6
  1974 Quarter-finals 4th of 12 4 3 1 0 13 4
  1976 Second round 5th of 15 6 2 1 3 14 13
  1978 Runner-up 2nd of 13 7 3 1 3 16 4
  1980 Semi-finals 4th of 18 5 2 3 0 6 2
  1982 Second round 5th of 12 5 2 1 2 10 8
  1984 Runner-up 2nd of 16 8 4 3 1 13 4
  1986 Champions 1st of 10 7 6 1 0 23 2
  1988 Group stage 6th of 10 4 1 1 2 4 4
  1990 Group stage 5th of 12 2 1 1 0 1 0
  1992 Third place 3rd of 11 5 3 1 1 12 6
  1994 Third place 3rd of 12 6 3 0 3 18 10
  1996 Champions 1st of 12 5 4 1 0 10 2
   1998 Group stage 6th of 8 3 1 0 2 4 7
   2001 Group stage 3rd of 8 3 2 1 0 2 0
   2003 Group stage 2nd of 8 3 2 1 0 5 2
   2005 Group stage 2nd of 8 3 3 0 0 4 1
   2007 Did not enter
  2009 Group stage 5th of 8 3 1 0 2 3 3
  2011 Quarter-finals 7th of 12 3 1 0 2 2 7
  2013 Quarter-finals 6th of 12 3 1 0 2 8 7
  2015 Group Stage 9th of 12 5 1 0 4 8 11
  2017 Group Stage 9th of 12 3 1 0 2 2 6
  2018 Group Stage 5 3 0 2 10 6
  2020 qualified
Total 2 Titles 24/28 102 50 18 34 190 115

Jeux de la FrancophonieEdit

Jeux de la Francophonie record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1989 Gold medal 1st of 10 4 3 1 0 9 3
  1994 Group stage 5th of 9 2 1 0 1 6 5
  1997 Gold medal 1st of 10 5 2 2 1 3 2
  2001 Quarter-finals 6th of 12 4 1 1 2 4 7
  2005 Group stage 12th of 12 3 0 0 3 1 13
  2009 Fourth place 4th of 9 4 1 1 2 4 9
  2013 Group stage 10th of 14 3 1 0 2 3 7
  2017 Group stage 7th of 16 3 2 0 1 3 4
Total 2 Titles 8/8 28 11 5 12 33 50

HonoursEdit

CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Football at the Jeux de la Francophonie

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Canada announces squad for the Concacaf Men's Under-20 Championship". CanadaSoccer.com. October 24, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.

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