Men’s U-20 Team
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
U-20 Roster Announced for Three-game Series Against Brazil
Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U-20 Head Coach, Dale Mitchell, has released his 22-man roster for the upcoming three-game, tri-city series against arguably the World’s best youth team – Brazil.
Canada will host the Brazilians at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, AB on May 19th, at Centennial Stadium in Victoria, BC on May 22nd, and at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC on May 25th.
Mitchell’s squad could be the most experienced of any U-20 team he has assembled in recent years.
Ten of the 22-man roster is currently with a professional club and over 60% of the squad has played in either a World Championship or a CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament at the U-17 or U-20 level.
Three members of the Canada roster- Will Johnson, Jaime Peters, and Asmir Begovic - have also been involved with Canada’s senior team over the past year and will certainly be looked to for their experience.
One of the players that impressed Mitchell and his staff during last month’s Porto Tournament, Glasgow Celtic’s Jacob Lensky, will not be attending the three game series. The talented midfielder requested that he be left off the squad to rest after his first full season of professional soccer.
Nonetheless, Mitchell is pleased with the squad he has assembled and is also quite happy with the timing of the three-match series.
'The Brazil series comes at a time when most all of our players are available, which doesn’t happen too often. It will give us a chance to gauge ourselves against the top nation in world soccer in front of pro-Canadian crowds.”
But Mitchell is also well aware of the challenge ahead of his young squad.
“There will be some countries possibly as good as Brazil next year but very few, if any, that will be better. Obviously for us, players that can show well in this environment take a big step towards being involved in 2007.'
Tickets for the two of the three matches are still available.
Victoria has already sold out for the May 22nd match.
Edmonton has already sold over 8,000 tickets for the May 19th match since going on sale on April 1st.
Since tickets went on sale to the general public in the second week in April in Burnaby, approximately 4,000 tickets have been sold for the May 25th match.
Ticket prices range from $15.00-25.00 for Edmonton and are available through Ticketmaster at (780) 451-8000, and $20.00-30.00 for Burnaby which are also available through Ticketmaster by calling (604) 280-4400. Both can be purchase online via ticketmaster.ca. Please note that tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are subject to taxes and surcharge.
The matches between Canada and Brazil in Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium and Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium will both be broadcast live on all Rogers Sportsnet channels.
Game and Ticket Information
May 19 @ Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton, AB – 20:00 MT
$10.00-25.00 - Available through Ticketmaster at 780-451-8000 or visit ticketmaster.ca
May 22 @ Centennial Stadium – Victoria, BC – 14:00 PT - Sold Out
May 25 – Swangard Stadium – Burnaby, BC – 19:00 PT
$20.00-30.00 - Available through Ticketmaster at 604-280-4400 or visit ticketmaster.ca.
# Pos. Name Club DOB Hometown Prov.
1 GK BEGOVIC, Asmir La Louviere (Belgium) 20-Jun-87 Edmonton AB
2 D LORETH, Joey Oregon State University (USA) 19-Jan-87 Victoria BC
3 D O’CONNOR, Kent 1860 Munich (Germany) 5-Mar-87 North Vancouver BC
4 M BOURGAULT, Jonathan St. Pauli FC (Germany) 27-Sep-88 Ile Bizard QC
5 D LUMLEY, Stephen National Training Centre - ON 16-Apr-87 Mississauga ON
6 D EDGAR, David Newcastle United FC (England) 19-May-87 Kitchener ON
7 M PETERS, Jaime Ipswich Town FC (England) 04-May-87 Pickering ON
8 M NUNEZ, Cristian National Training Centre - QC 07-Jul-88 Montreal QC
9 F ELLIOTT, Alex University of Portland (USA) 24-Apr-87 Vancouver BC
10 F JOHNSON, Will Heerenveen (Holland) 21-Jan-87 Woodridge IL
11 M BABINEAU, Olivier University of Montreal 12-Jul-87 Dieppe NB
12 M BALDE, Ibrahim National Training Centre - QC 24-Dec-87 Montreal QC
13 M CONTRERAS, Hector National Training Centre - QC 24-Jun-87 Montreal QC
14 M AYRE, Keegan Hibernian FC (Scotland) 4-Jul-88 Coquitlam BC
15 F LOMBARDO, Andrea Perugia Calcio (Italy) 23-May-87 Toronto ON
16 F JACKSON, Simeon Rushden & Diamonds FC (England) 28-Mar-87 Mississauga ON
17 M McCALLUM, Gavin Yeovil Town FC (England) 24-Aug-87 Mississauga ON
18 D GALA, Gabe National Training Centre - ON 29-Jun-89 Brampton ON
19 M D’AGOSTINO, Mike University of Kentucky (USA) 1-Jul-87 Langley BC
20 D TURNBULL, Masumi University of Kentucky (USA) 30-Mar-87 Richmond BC
21 D HABER, Marcus National Training Centre - BC 11-Jan-89 Vancouver BC
22 GK MONSALVE, David National Training Centre - ON 2-Feb-88 Brampton ON
MITCHELL, Dale - Head Coach
DASOVIC, Nick - Assistant Coach
MULDOON, Kevin - Equipment Manager/GK Coach
CANNON, Eddie - Physiotherapist
LAING, Dwayne - Physiotherapist
CELEBRINI, Randy - Fitness Coach
NUTT, Dave - National Teams Administrator