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
|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|