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Seven 'Caps named to Canada's preliminary roster for Olympic qualifying

Seven Vancouver Whitecaps FC players have been included in Canada’s 50-man preliminary roster for the upcoming the 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

The ‘Caps players include goalkeeper Thomas Hasal, defenders Derek Cornelius and Cristián Gutiérrez, midfielders Michael Baldisimo, Patrick Metcalfe, and Ryan Raposo, and forward Theo Bair. Players born on or after January 1, 1997 are eligible to compete in the tournament. Bair, Baldisimo, Metcalfe, and Hasal are all graduates of the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy System.

No later than 10 days prior to the start of the competition, the Member Associations will need to confirm their final 20-player roster.

The 15th edition of the Concacaf Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from March 18 to 30, 2021. Group Stage play will take place at both Jalisco and Akron Stadiums, between March 18-25. 

After round-robin play, the first and second place finishers in each group will advance to the semifinals.

Both semifinal matches will be played on March 28, at Jalisco Stadium. The semifinal winners will qualify for the final of this competition and also earn a spot to represent their country at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at the Tokyo Summer Games.

The eight competitors have been drawn into two groups of four, with Canada facing El Salvador (March 19), Haiti (March 22), and Honduras (March 25) in the group stage.

TV coverage will be provided by Fox Sports and TUDN in the US and One Soccer in Canada.

CANADA 50-MAN PRELIMINARY ROSTER

Pos. Player Club
GK Breza, Sebastian Potenza Calcio
GK Curcija, Nikola Le Havre
GK Hasal, Thomas Vancouver Whitecaps FC
GK Pantemis, James CF Montreal
GK Nogueira, Matthew CS Maritimo
GK St. Clair, Dayne Minnesota United FC
D Abzi, Diyaeddine York United FC
D Bassong, Zorhan CF Montréal
D Brault-Guillard, Zachary CF Montréal
D Chung, Kadin Pacific FC
D Cornelius, Derek Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D Dunn, Julian Toronto FC
D Farsi, Mohamed Cavalry FC
D Godinho, Marcus FSV Zwickau
D Cristian, Gutierrez Vancouver Whitecaps FC
D Meilleur-Giguere, Thomas Pacific FC
D Montgomery, Callum Minnesota United FC
D N'sa, Chrisnovic York United FC
D Romeo, Rocco Toronto FC
D Sturing, Frank Den Bosch
D Yao, Karifa CF Montréal
M Baldisimo, Michael Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M Bayiha, Clement CF Montréal
M Choiniere, David Forge FC
M Daniels, Aidan OKC Energy
M Dias, Lucas Sporting CP
M Fraser, Liam Toronto FC
M Marshall-Rutty, Jahkeele Toronto FC
M Metcalfe, Patrick Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M Norman, David Not attached
M Okello, Noble Toronto FC
M Paton, Benjamin Blackburn Rovers FC
M Paton, Harrison Ross County FC
M Priso, Ralph Toronto FC
M Raposo, Ryan Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M Shome, Shamit FC Edmonton
M Simpson, Steven Barnsley FC
M Tabla, Ballou CF Montréal
M Verhoeven, Noah York United FC
F Bair, Theo Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F Brym, Charles Lille OSC
F Buchanan, Tajon New England Revolution
F Campbell, Terran Pacific FC
F Corbeanu, Theo Wolverhampton Wanderers
F Johnson, Malik Real Monarchs
F Nelson, Jayden Toronto FC
F Ongaro, Easton FC Edmonton
F Perruzza, Jordan Toronto FC
F Shaffelburg, Jacob Toronto FC
F Twardek, Kristopher Jagiellonia Bialystok