Canada announces roster for U-20 camp, Panama friendlies

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An initial 24-man squad will be pared down to 20 players ahead of the match later this month.

Canada Under-20 coach Rob Gale has announced a 24-man training camp roster ahead of a pair of friendlies against Panama later this month.

The initial camp will take place in Toronto before moving on to Panama for matches against the host country Jan. 19 and 21. Only 20 players will travel to the Central American nation for the two friendlies.

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"This camp gives us another chance to expose our players to the environment that we expect to face in qualifying," Gale said in a news release Wednesday. "This is a chance to play a very good opponent ahead of qualifying, but also a chance to see our players and continue our assessment ahead of our squad selection in February."

Three players — Dane Domić, Diego Gutierrez and Andrew Lebre — will be making their Canadian youth national team debuts, while Toronto FC II attacker Malik Johnson is in line for his first U-20 cap after previously playing for Canada's U-17 side.

Goalkeepers Philip Di Bennardo and James Pantemis were unavailable for selection due to injury.

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Canada will be participating in the CONCACAF U-20 Championship next month, which will serve as the region's qualifying competition for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.

CANADA U-20 ROSTER

GK- Thomas Hasal | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency
GK- Dayne St. Clair | USA / University of Maryland
CB- Matt Constant | USA / University of New Mexico
CB- Andrew Lebre | ESP / Ourense CF
CB- Thomas Meilleur Giguère | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
FB- Zachary Brault-Guillard | FRA / Olympique Lyonnais
FB- Kadin Chung | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2
FB- Kamal Miller | USA / Syracuse University
M- Dante Campbell | CAN / Toronto FC II
M- David Choinière | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
M- Aidan Daniels | CAN / Toronto FC II
M- Dane Domić | NED / Sparta Rotterdam
M- Joshua Doughty | Unattached
M- Liam Fraser | CAN / Toronto FC II
M- Shamit Shome | CAN / FC Edmonton
M- Elliott Simmons | ESP / Malaga U-19
M- Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla | CAN / Impact Montréal FC
M- Luca Uccello | CAN / Toronto FC II
F- Shaan Hundal | CAN / Toronto FC II
F- Aymar Sigue | USA / Penn State University
W- Richie Ennin | CAN / Toronto FC II
W- Diego Gutiérrez | CHI / Palestino
W- Dayonn Harris | USA / Penn State University
W- Malik Johnson | CAN / Toronto FC II

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