Nick Dasovic's U20 side continues its preparation for next year's World Cup qualification with a 10-day camp in Spain. The squad will take part in the four-team Marbella Cup.Fresh off a successful training camp in Florida that saw the side win a pair of matches against Trinidad and Tobago, the Canadian men's national under-20 team announced Monday that it will take part in a four-team tournament in Marbella, Spain.
Head coach Nick Dasovic called in 20 players to take part in the Marbella Cup, a competition that also includes the USA, Azerbaijan, and Scotland. Canada will kick off against the Americans on Oct. 10 before meeting Azerbaijan two days later. The young Canadians will end its competition against the Scottish on Oct. 15.
Canada's four fully professional teams are well-represented on the 20-man squad, with eight players from the roster currently plying their trade with the first team or academy sides of the domestic pro clubs. Eleven players are currently on the books with European sides, and one player - former TFC Academy and Académie Impact Montréal forward Stefan Vukovic - is unattached.
Many of the players summoned by Dasovic have prior national team experience, as the core of this side competed at last year's FIFA U17 World Cup.
Canada will compete in the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship in February, with the top four teams in that tournament advancing to to the under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
FULL CANADA U20 ROSTER
GK- Ricky Gomes | POR / Sport Clube de Mirandela
GK- Quillan Roberts | CAN / Toronto FC
CB- Doneil Henry | CAN / Toronto FC
CB- Manjrekar James | HUN / PMFC-MATIAS
CB- Nikola Paunic | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Jon Dollery | ENG / Crawley Town FC
FB- Marco Lapenna | GER / FC Erzgebirge Aue
FB- Allan Zebie | CAN / Edmonton FC Reserve
M- Bryce Alderson | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
M- Keven Aleman | ESP / Real Valladolid
M- Dylan Carreiro | ENG / Queens Park Rangers
M- Mauro Eustáquio | POR / Sporting Clube de Pombal
M- Ben Fisk | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Jonathan Lao | GER / FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt
M- Kevin Luarca | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
M/F- Michael Petrasso | ENG / Queens Park Rangers
M- Samuel Piette | GER / Fortuna Düsseldorf
M- Alessandro Riggi | ESP / Celta de Vigo
F- Caleb Clarke | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
F- Stefan Vukovic | Unattached