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Jordan Hamilton Joining Canada U17 Squad

Doesn't exactly look like a young man who has barely turned 16.  Can't even drive by himself yet! (via <a href="">canadasoccer</a>)
Doesn't exactly look like a young man who has barely turned 16. Can't even drive by himself yet! (via canadasoccer)

Jordan Hamilton is one of the top prospects in the Toronto FC academy and has been turning heads since coming on to the scene with the club as a 14 year old. Now he is 16 years of age and is clearly on the radar for the first team and for the Canadian National team setup.

Hamilton did well in his time with the senior team during preseason and the Disney Pro Soccer Classic before returning to Danny Dichio's senior academy team. He is now primed to take part in the upcoming CSL season as well as featuring in MLS Reserve League matches. Hamilton was involved against both the Columbus Crew and the Montreal Impact and despite failing to get on the score sheet in either reserve game he continued to show that he is quite advanced for a player of his age.

When TFC decided to release Stefan Vukovic they sent the clear message that they wanted to get Hamilton as much playing time as they can to ensure that he develops properly. As part of that desire to get him all the playing time possible the club will likely be happy that Hamilton is set to head over to Italy to take part in Canada's U17 camp.

Hamilton confirmed via his twitter account that he will join the team in Italy for the camp later this week. He also confirmed that he would be the only player from the Toronto FC academy side as there are only a handful of other players in the squad even young enough to participate in this camp.

Hamilton was one of the few Toronto FC players involved in last years U17 World Cup cycle, being the youngest player that head coach Sean Fleming called into his squad. He was called up for the qualifying stage but did not get the chance to join Tyler Pasher, Parker Seymour, Omari Morris, Sergio Camargo, Jay Chapman, Quillan Roberts, Michael Petrasso, and Chad Bush in World Cup squad.

It seems that the CSA will be providing more details on this camp tomorrow including the full roster. It is possible that there will be other Toronto area players, including ones from the younger academy teams, called so that is something we will keep an eye out for and update when available.