Four Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency players have been called up to Canada’s U-17 team for a pair of upcoming international friendlies vs. the U.S. in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The two international matches highlight an eight-day camp with U-17 coach Paul Stalteri from April 10-17, 2016.
Canada’s 19-man roster features goalkeeper Trevor Schneider, fullback Gabriel Escobar (pictured), midfielder Michael Baldisimo, and forward Devin O’Hea of Whitecaps FC’s U-16 Residency side.
The Red and White will face USA on April 15 and 17 at Lockhart Stadium. Both squads are in early preparation for the 12-nation CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship, with dates and location yet to be announced. That CONCACAF tournament will qualify four nations to the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
This marks Canada Soccer's second U-17 camp this calendar year as part of the Men's EXCEL Program. Between the two camps, coach Stalteri will have already worked with 35 different players in February and April.
Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territory partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.
GK- Gianluca Catalano | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
GK- Trevor Schneider | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency
CB- Julian Dunn-Johnson | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
CB- Yohan Le Bourhis | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal
CB- Antonio Rocco Romeo | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Gabriel Escobar | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency
FB- Afram Gorgees | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Leekwon Kinghorn | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Terique Mohammed | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Michael Baldisimo | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency
M- Olakunle Dada-Luke | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Jordan Faria | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Benson Fazili | CAN / Ottawa Internationals SC
M- Josh Moreira | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Ben Paton | CAN / Brampton YSC
M- Steffen Yeates | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Jonathan David | CAN / Ottawa Internationals SC
F- Devin O’Hea | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency
F- Jean-Arnaud Tano | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
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