Sean Fleming has selected 21 young men for his roster for the upcoming FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The roster includes representation from all four Canadian professional club's development programs. The Vancouver Whitecaps lead the way sending 5 players, Toronto FC are sending 4 players, FC Edmonton are sending 3, and the Montreal Impact will be represented by 2 players.
The group from Toronto FC Academy is made up of Kevon Black, Elias Roubos, Derick Sequeira, and Jordan Hamilton. All four of them were also part of the Canadian squad that took part in qualifying this spring. That team came away from the CONCACAF Championships with a third place finish and Hamilton was the leading scorer.
Hamilton will certainly be happy to make the World Cup roster this time around having missed out in 2011 despite being in the team for qualifying. This time around he will be counted on to be one of the leaders of the team and could be counted on to help carry a lot of the scoring load.
Canada will head to UAE this weekend to begin camp in preparation for their opening match of the group stage. In the group phase, Canada will face Austria on 19 October, Iran on 22 October, and Argentina on 25 October with all three matches taking place in Dubai.
Canada will have a tough task just to get out of their group but they will be looking to build on the performance of the squad from the 2011 World Cup when Canada picked up its first two points in this competition. The team that Fleming has named certainly has the capability of surprising a few people with their attacking talent but the question will be about their ability to defend and provide adequate cover for Marco Carducci in goal.
If Canada can remain solid defensively and let players like Hamilton, Hanson Boakai, or Andrew Gordon do the damage on the attacking end it is not impossible to imagine them getting some results against the likes of Austria or Iran and in a tournament like this even one win could prove to be enough to make it beyond the group stage.
I haven't seen specific broadcasting info yet, but according to this FIFA document, CBC and Sportsnet have the rights, so you'd hope they could find one of their many chancels to show at least Canada's games.
Here's the full squad, and below that, remember how they got there with highlights of the 4-2 win over Jamaica that clinched their spot.
GK- Marco Carducci | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
GK- Christian Kaiswatum | CAN / Edmonton FC Academy
GK- Daniel Milton | ENG / Blackpool FC
CB- Alex Comsia | FRA / Stade Lavallois Mayenne FC
CB- Mathieu Laurent | CAN / Mississauga
CB- Elias Roubos | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Kevon Black | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Eric Davies | USA / FC Dallas Academy
FB- Aron Mkungilwa | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
M- Hanson Boakai | CAN / FC Edmonton
M- Adam Bouchard | URU / Defensor Sporting Club
M- Marco Bustos | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Mikaël Cantave | FRA / Union Sportive de la Jeanne d’Arc
M- Matthew Chow | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Marco-Leonel Dominguez | CAN / Braves d'Ahuntsic U-16
M- Kianz Gonzales-Froese | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Jordan Haynes | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
M- Jose Lopez | CAN / FC Edmonton Reserves
M- Ali Musse | CAN / WSA North Stars
M- Derick Sequeira | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Nevello Yoseke | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal
F- Andrew Gordon | CAN / Woodbridge Strikers
F- Jordan Hamilton | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- El Mehdi Ibn Brahim | CAN / Braves d'Ahuntsic