Canada Soccer

Canada Soccer has brought together a promising group of 20 young players for the upcoming Festival International Espoirs Provence from 26 May to 9 June in France. The squad will face a series of tough opponents as the players continue their international development towards contributing to the future success of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team.
Canada will face Portugal, Turkey and Japan in Group C of the 2018 tournament. The 46th edition of the tournament also features England, China PR, Mexico, and Qatar in Group A as well as France, Korea Republic, Scotland, and Togo in Group B. Canada’s three group matches are 28 June (Portugal), 31 May (Turkey), and 3 June (Japan).
“This is an important development opportunity for our young players as they continue along the pathway representing Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team in international soccer,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s National EXCEL Director.
The Canada squad, which features U-21 players born from 1997 to 2000, includes several players that have already had their first call up to the Men’s National Team. Liam Millar and Kris Twardek have both made their international “A” debuts while Derek Cornelius and James Pantemis have had their first call ups in the past year.
More than half the squad are born 1999 or later, which means they will be eligible for the next Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship, which serves as qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019. All 20 players are also eligible for the next Olympic Qualifiers ahead of Tokyo 2020.
As part of an aligned Men’s National Team Program, the international matches in France will provide Canada’s young players with the opportunity to gain valuable international experience ahead of 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League and, for those younger players, the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship.
“This is a prestigious youth tournament in France that will provide our tracking Men's EXCEL players with an opportunity to be fully tested against tier-one opponents,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach and Men’s National EXCEL Director. “We will use these matches to assess the current EXCEL group as we prepare for upcoming CONCACAF youth competitions. The matches will also help identify a group of young players to be targeted for closer monitoring and tracking as we look to the future of our Men’s National Team program.”
Collectively, the group will have accumulated more than 1,000 player days in the Men’s EXCEL Program by the time the first match kicks off against Portugal on 28 June.

1- GK- James Pantemis | CAN / Impact de Montréal

2- FB- Jake Ruby | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency

3- FB- Daniel Kinumbe | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal

4- CB- Kosovar Sadiki | CRO / NK Lokomotiva Zagreb

5- CB- Derek Cornelius | SRB / FK Javor Ivanjica

6- M- Matthew Roberts | ENG / Swansea U-18

7- W- Kris Twardek | ENG / Millwall FC

8- M- Mathieu Choinière | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal

9- F- Jonathan David | BEL / KAA Gent II

10- M- Aidan Daniels | CAN / Toronto FC

11- F- Liam Millar | ENG / Liverpool FC U-23

12- CB- Julian Dunn | CAN / Toronto FC

13- FB- Clément Bayiha | CAN / Académie Impact de Montréal

14- CM- David Norman | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC

15- M- Noah Verhoeven | USA / Fresno FC

16- M- Noble Okello | CAN / Toronto FC II

17- F- Theo Bair | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency

18- GK- Alessandro Busti | ITA / Juventus Primavera

19- FB- Émile Legault | FRA / AJ Auxerre

20- CM- Shamit Shome | CAN / Impact de Montréal