Canada announces upcoming national youth training camps

9 Whitecaps FC players named to U-17 and U-20 rosters

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The Canadian Soccer Association announced on Monday that both Canada’s U-17 and U-20 women’s national teams will hold training camps over the next month. Five Whitecaps FC Girls Elite players have been named to Canada’s U-17 women’s training camp roster, while four Whitecaps FC women’s players have been named to Canada’s U-20 women’s squad.

Included in head coach Bryan Rosenfeld’s Canadian U-17 team are Girls Elite defender Aman Shergill, midfielders Jamine Dhanda, Jasmine Mander and Elissa Neff, and striker Kajal Parmar. Rosenfeld’s squad will take part in a 10-day training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from January 31 until February 9. As part of the camp, Canada will face Germany in a Women's U-17 international match this coming Saturday, February 4.

Rosenfeld will use the camp to prepare his team for the coming 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship, which will run from May 2 to 13 in Ciudad, Guatemala. Canada is the reigning CONCACAF Under-17 champions, having won the last biennial tournament in 2010. The eight-team championship will qualify three teams to the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup later this year. The U-17 tournaments feature players born 1995 or later.

"We are getting closer to our CONCACAF qualifiers and we are confident that our squad is working in the right direction," said Rosenfeld, who called in 22 players for the February camp. "We have a good core group of players, but we will still have at least one more camp to look at some players."

On Canada’s U-20 women’s team, newly-appointed head coach Andrew Olivieri has included four players from the 2011 Whitecaps FC women’s team: defender Nicole Setterlund, midfielders Jaclyn Sawicki and Erin Uchacz, and striker Jenna Richardson. Olivieri’s squad will begin its preparations on February 13 for the upcoming 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship from March 1 to 11 in Panama City, Panama. The team will hold an extended camp in San José, Costa Rica before heading to Panama two weeks later on February 27. As part of the preparations, Canada will face Costa Rica's "B" side as well as club champions Arsenal Coronado. (Costa Rica did not qualify for this year's Under-20 competition).

"It will be exciting to see the future of our women's program as we work towards the Women's Under-20 World Cup Qualification," said coach Olivieri. "This is the type of highly competitive environment our players must perform in if they wish to earn regular caps for our senior women's team".

CANADA U-17

GK- Maryse Bard-Martel | CAN / FC Boisbriand U-16
GK- Taylor Bucklin | CAN / CFC United
GK- Marnie Merritt | CAN / Lake Norman U16 Eclipse
GK- Kailen Sheridan | CAN / Pickering SC
CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16
CB- Rebecca Pongetti | CAN / Oakville SC
CB- Larisa Staub | CAN / Angels SWU
FB- Lindsay Agnew | USA / Ohio Premier Eagles
FB- Madeline Iozzi | CAN / Pickering SC
FB- Julia Liguori | CAN / Lakeshore
FB- Aman Shergill | CAN / Surrey United
M- Jasmine Dhanda | CAN / Surrey United
M- Ashley Lawrence | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16
M- Nicole Loncar | CAN / Brams United SC
M- Jasmine Mander | CAN / Surrey FC Pegasus
M- Elissa Neff | CAN / Calgary Blizzard Juventus U-16
M- Rebecca Quinn | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16
M- Valérie Sanderson | CAN / FC Boisbriand U-16
F- Summer Clarke | CAN / Richmond Red Hot Selects U-16
F- Kajal Parmar | CAN / Surrey United
F- Amandine Pierre-Louis | CAN / Saint-Leonard
F- Nichelle Prince | CAN / Pickering SC

CANADA U-20

GK- Rachelle Beanlands | USA / University of Maryland
GK- Dayle Colpitts | USA / Virginia Tech
GK- Sabrina D'Angelo | USA / University of South Carolina
D- Christine Exeter | USA / University of Louisville
D- Lauren Granberg | USA / Ohio State University
D- Nicole Hill | USA / University of Georgia
D- Vanessa Legault-Cordisco | USA / Marquette University
D- Rachel Melhado | USA / University of Louisville
D- Nicole Setterlund | USA / Washington State University
D- Shelina Zadorsky | USA / University of Michigan
M- Catherine Charron-Delage | CAN / Comètes de Laval
M- Olivia Colosimo | USA / Butler University
M- Kylie Davis | USA / University of Memphis
M- Constance de Chantal-Dumont | CAN / Champlain College Saint-Lambert
M- Jaclyn Sawicki | CAN / University of Victoria
M- Diamond Simpson | CAN / Hamilton FC
M- Erin Uchacz | USA / Oregon State
M- Danica Wu | USA / Ohio State
F- Nkem Ezurike | USA / University of Michigan
F- Christabel Oduro | USA / University of Memphis
F- Amélia Pietrangelo | USA / Rutgers University
F- Jenna Richardson | USA / Oregon State University