Canada Soccer announced on Friday that four Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency players, and one Residency graduate, have been called up to the Canadian U-20 men’s national team. Among the call-ups from head coach Rob Gale are defenders Quinn Bredin and Kadin Chung, midfielder Vana Markarian (pictured), and striker Daniel Sagno. Also earning a call-up is Residency graduate Aymar Sigue.
Bredin, Chung, Markarian, and Sagno will all play on this season’s Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency team in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA). Also this week, Chung was signed to a professional contract with Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) on the club’s United Soccer League (USL) roster. Sigue is entering his sophmore season at the University of Tulsa after spending three years developing in the Residency program.
Building on a good start to the U-20 cycle, this group of young players will be hoping to take part in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.
Gale guided this group of 1997-born players through a tournament in Slovakia in April, but now has assembled the team in Toronto for an eight-day training camp.
“This is the first domestic camp I have had which is going to be great,” said Gale, noting that the camp fits well with the FIFA World Cup Qualifier also in Toronto next week.
“The camp will be a first opportunity for me to look at some of the players from the last U-17 cycle and build them into the group that has done well on our last two European tours.”
Training starts on Monday, August 31 and will mostly take place at the Kia Training Ground, the training venue of Toronto FC. It wraps up with a final day of training on Saturday, September 5.
The camp comes at the tail end of the U-20 identification camp involving League1 Ontario players and a handful of players from that camp will be asked to participate in the Canadian team portion of the camp.
“I thoroughly believe that continuing to build partnerships and alliances is very important to secure a better future for the game in Canada,” said Tony Fonseca, Canada Soccer Technical Director, of the process that sees some League1 players included in this camp.
On September 4, the U-20 players will watch Canada face Belize at BMO Field in a FIFA World Cup Qualifiers home-and-away elimination series. All Canadian fans are encouraged to support the team on the road to Russia 2018, with tickets to this match available via ticketmaster.ca starting at just $20. The match, presented by BMO, will also be broadcast across the country on canadasoccer.com.
GK- Christian Kaiswatum | CAN / FC Edmonton Reserves
GK- Marvis Kreitling | GER / TSG Sprockhovel
GK- James Pantemis | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
CB- Quinn Bredin | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
CB- Mouhamed Touré | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
CB- Thomas Meilleur Giguère | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
FB- Gabriel Boakye | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Kadin Chung | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
FB- Marcus Godinho | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Tristan Borges | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Joshua Doughty | ENG / Manchester United U-21
M- Pierre Lamothe | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
M- Vana Markarian | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Harrison Paton | ENG / Fulham FC U-18 Academy
M- Yuri Ruh Dos Santos | SVK / AC Trencin
M- Shamit Shome | CAN / FC Edmonton Academy
M- Thomas Shores | CAN / FC Edmonton Academy
M- Elliott Simmons | ENG / MK Dons Academy
M- Tabla Jean-Yves Ballou | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
M- Luca Uccello | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Baddredine Boulajoul | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
F- Adonijah Reid | CAN / ANB Futbol
F- Daniel Sagno | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
F- Aymar Sigue | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency