The Canadian Soccer Association announced today that three Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency players have been called up to the Canadian men's U-16 team for a second camp of the year under head coach Rob Gale.
Gale's 18-man squad includes Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency players Andre Baires, Francesco Saporito and Dario Zanatta.
In April and May, the team took part in the Torneo delle Nazioni in Italy and now they’ll get two games while training at the Aspire Academy in Qatar’s capital, Doha.
After arriving into Doha on Friday, the team will get two days of training in prior to their first game of the camp against the academy team of German club Borussia Moenchengladbach on Monday, December 9.
After that game they’ll get one more day of training and recovery before their second and final game of the camp against the hosts from Aspire on December 11.
“This is an opportunity for our sports science team to research and learn and of course most importantly the second camp with the [players born in or after] 97s of the year to build on some of the successes and move our game model forward from Italy in April,” said Gale.
“With a core group of the players returning and some new players in the pool coming on with a chance to impress - we thoroughly look forward to the challenging games in Qatar and for the entire experience it will bring and the relationships we will build there.”
The current U-16 group is part of Canada’s long-term preparations as they’re building towards the next round of men’s U-20 competitions.
GK- Marvis Kreitlieg | GER / Niendorfer TSV
GK- Chritsian Kaiswatum | CAN / FC Edmonton Reserves
D- Cole Kramer | CAN / FC Edmonton Reserves
D- Kamal Miller | CAN / Vaughan
D- Eric Davies | USA / FC Dallas Academy
D- Andre Baires | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Mateo Restrepo | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Matteo Bordignon | CAN / Surrey United
M- Kwame Amoah | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Joshua Doughty | USA / Real Salt Lake Academy
M- Francesco Saporito | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- David Choinière | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal
M- Vana Markarian | CAN / Ottawa South United
F- Dayonn Harris | CAN / Woodbridge SC
F- Jimmy-Shammar Sanon | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal
F- Hayden Simmonds-O’Grady | CAN / Capital United
F- Dario Zanatta | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Luca Uccello | CAN / Toronto FC Academy