It’s been far from a slow news day for the Canadian Soccer Association. In the wake of all the clamour surrounding John Herdman’s switch to the men’s national team, the federation announced the 22-man squad invited to this month’s U-23 camp.
Six players under the Toronto FC umbrella will take part in the 10-day camp in Orlando, Florida. From TFC II are defender Julian Dunn-Johnson, midfielders Aidan Daniels and Liam Fraser, and forwards Shaan Hundal and Luca Uccello. Representing the TFC III academy side is fullback Terique Mohammed.
All six TFC prospects are from the GTA, as are five other players on the squad. The Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps, and FC Dallas are also all represented in the Canadian contingent.
The 19-year-old Hundal was TFC II’s top scorer last season, netting seven goals while appearing in 22 games for the last-place USL team. Uccello also provided three goals for the team. Fraser played the seventh-most minutes on the team (1,576), starting 17 times.
Mohammed is TFC’s youngest representative at the camp, at just 17 years old. The only player on the list younger than him is Whitecaps starlet Alphonso Davies, who is easily the highest-profile player attending the winter camp. He’s one of three players who’s been called up to the senior men’s national team, but the only one with a cap.
This 10-day training session will run from Jan. 9–18, and will see Canada play friendlies against the Soccer Institute at Monteverde Academy and Colombian side Club Atletico Nacional. With this camp, the CSA has their sights set well into the future, as the players involved are expected to be in the mix for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics if Canada qualifies.