The Canadian Soccer Association announced on Friday that four Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency players have been called up to the Canadian U-16 men's national team. Included on the roster are defenders Matthew Baldisimo (pictured above) and Kadin Chung, midfielder Thomas Gardner, and striker Terran Campbell.
For the first time, Canada will have an entrant in the prestigious Montaigu Tournament in France as 18 of the best Canadian male players born in 1998 and 1999 will get to test themselves against some of the elite programs in the world in the eight-team tournament.
Head coach Sean Fleming will be building the talent pool at his disposal as he’s working to get Canada’s men’s U-17 national team back for their third consecutive FIFA U-17 World Cup appearance after qualifying in back-to-back tournaments in 2011 and 2013 in Mexico and the United Arab Emirates, respectively.
Players will start arriving into Nantes, France on Saturday, April 12 and make their way over to Montaigu to start training the following day.
The team will get two training days in before their first game of the competition against France in Group A action on Tuesday, April 15 with their other group stage games against Turkey and Cote D’Ivoire on April 17 and April 19.
Semi-final matches take place on Sunday, April 20 with the final matches coming the next day.
The 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup takes place in Chile in October and November. Canada will be looking to qualify from the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. Date and location of that tournament has yet to be decided.
GK- Daniel Buckley | CAN / North Mississauga Soccer Club
GK- Matthew Nogueira | POR / SL Benfica
D- Matthew Baldisimo | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Gabriel Boakye | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
D- Kadin Chung | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
D- Andrew Dias | CAN / North Toronto Soccer
D- Mouhamed Touré | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal
M- Duwayne Ewart | CAN / North Scarborough Soccer Club
M- Thomas Gardner | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Liam Miller | ENG / Fulham FC
M- Mykola Nechyporuk | CAN / North Toronto Soccer Club
M- Reshon Phillip | CAN / North Mississauga Soccer Club
M- Munir Saleh | CAN / Kitchener Soccer Club
M- Anthony Sousa | CAN / North Toronto Nitros
M- Marcel Zajac | CAN / Sigma FC
F- Donavon Anderson | CAN / Brampton Football Club
F- Terran Campbell | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Ndzemdzela Langwa | CAN / Ottawa South United