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Canada ends CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship with positive 2:0 win

Posted on 24 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 2:0 Antigua and Barbuda More

Canada Soccer’s Men’s U-20 Team to face Antigua & Barbuda on Thursday

Posted on 22 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada will face Caribbean runners up Antigua & Barbuda in their last international test of the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship More

Canada eliminated by defending U-20 champions

Posted on 21 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:5 Mexico More

Canada shows well in 0:1 loss‎ in CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship opener

Posted on 18 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:1 Honduras More

Canada recharged for U-20 showdown with Mexico

Posted on 18 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada will face Mexico in an all-important Monday showdown at the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship. More

Canada faces rivals Honduras at CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship

Posted on 15 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

All of the competition matches are scheduled to be broadcast live on CONCACAF's Facebook channel More

The road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017

Posted on 11 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Four CONCACAF nations will qualify More

Canada announces squad for CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship

Posted on 9 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Coach Rob Gale has selected 20 players for the international competition that runs 17 February to 5 March in San José, Costa Rica More

Canada wraps up Men's U-20 tour in Mexico

Posted on 5 February 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 0:0 Cruz Azul U-20s / Canada 1:2 CF America U-20s More

Select group of U-20 players ready to train in Mexico

Posted on 26 January 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

A nine-day training camp in Mexico More

Canada Men's U-20 draw away series with Panama

Posted on 22 January 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Thursday Canada 1:0 Panama & Saturday Canada 1:2 Panama More

Canada starts Panama trip with 1:0 win in U-20 friendly

Posted on 20 January 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 1:0 Panama More

Canada's Men's U-20 Team‎ prepares for Panama test

Posted on 17 January 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada will face Panama on 19 and 21 January. More

Men's EXCEL Program identifies new talents

Posted on 14 January 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Six more players invited to camp More

Canada Soccer announces Men's U-20 camp and series against Panama

Posted on 11 January 2017 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

24-player squad More

Canada in Group A at CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship

Posted on 30 November 2016 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada v Mexico, Honduras, and Antigua & Barbuda More

Canada Men's U-20 win two-match series in Honduras

Posted on 18 November 2016 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Honduras 1:2 Canada on Saturday; Honduras 0:0 Canada on Monday More

Canada Men's U-20 win away 2:1 in Honduras

Posted on 13 November 2016 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada 2:1 Honduras More

Canada Soccer announces Men's U-20 squad for Honduras

Posted on 4 November 2016 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada v Honduras More

Canada to face Honduras in Men's U-20 series

Posted on 31 October 2016 in ↳ Men's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada v Honduras in November More

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Canada went out on a winning note at the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship after a 2:0 victory over Antigua & Barbuda. Kris Twardek and Shaan Hundal were the goalscorers in the Thursday win in Costa Rica.

MATCH REPORT: CANADA 2:0 ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

"They showed good professionalism and a good mentality‎ to come out and enjoy football like they can," said Rob Gale, Canada Soccer's Men's National U-20 Coach. "They showed that there are players here that can progress towards the Men's National Team."

Canada scored a goal and struck the woodwork twice in each half, ultimately collecting their three points on a 2:0 win in the late afternoon at Estadio Saprissa in Costa Rica. The 23 February win wrapped up the two-year cycle for the 1997-age group. Canada was eliminated on 20 February from a tough group stage.

‎"I am still proud of this group of boys," said Gale. "We knew it was going to be a tough draw and that first match would be crucial which is the way it played out."

Canada opened strong against Honduras, but lost 0:1 on a second-half goal. They were then up against defending champions Mexico in a must-win situation, holding strong for much of the first half before Mexico opened up for five goals.

"It was important to win our final match and it could have been by a much greater score," said Gale. "It was good to come out dominate technically and show that there is ability and good prospects in this team."

Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territorial partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.

Canada will face Caribbean runners up Antigua & Barbuda in their last international test of the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship. With both nations eliminated from a tough Group A, both will be keen to close out their championship campaigns on a winning note at Estadio Saprissa on Thursday afternoon.

The 23 February match will be broadcast live‎ on CONCACAF's Facebook channel at 15.30 ET / 12.30 PT. Canada Soccer will provide in-match coverage from Estadio Saprissa via Canada Soccer's digital channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Flickr.

"There is a lot of pride in these players and I will never stop believing in them and their abilities," said Rob Gale, Canada Soccer's Men's National U-20 Team Coach. "We know how close we were to executing in the first game, so there is a lot of pride going into this match."

Coach Gale says Canada will look to execute for a full 90 minutes after showing promising stretches in the first two matches, especially the opening half against Honduras.

"We need to execute the game plan over 90 minutes, which is fundamental to the players' development in becoming full-time professionals and taking that next step to the Men's National Team."

Opponents Antigua & Barbuda opened well against Honduras, but ultimately conceded the opening goal and could not respond before equally being eliminated from the competition. Like Canada, they are looking for their first win on Thursday.

"You can't look over anyone in this tournament," said Gale. "It is going to be a tough battle in hot, physical conditions. It will be another stern test for our Canadian boys."

"It is our last game of the tournament and we are looking to end on a strong note," said Canadian midfielder Luca Uccello. "It will be two teams looking to win, so ultimately it is up to us (so) we just have to worry about us and stick to the game plan."

The CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship is one of three CONCACAF youth tournaments in which Canada will compete in 2017. Upcoming, Canada will also compete in the CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship in April/May and the CONCACAF Boys' Under-15 Championship in August.

Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territorial partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.

Canada were eliminated at the 2017 CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship ‎after an 0:5 loss to defending champions Mexico. Canada put forth a valiant effort, but were eventually stretched in a must-win situation on the second match day of the competition in Costa Rica.

MATCH REPORT: CANADA 0:5 MEXICO

Canada played well in the opener, but fell 0:1 to Honduras on the opening day. Their loss to Mexico, combined with the Honduras Monday win over Antigua & Barbuda, means Canada ‎can only aim for third place in a tough Group A.

Canada will close group action on Thursday when they face Antigua & Barbuda at Estadio Saprissa. The match is scheduled to be broadcast live on CONCACAF's Facebook channel, kicking off at 18.00 ET / 15.00 PT. Canada Soccer will provide in-match coverage from Estadio Saprissa via Canada Soccer's digital channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Flickr.

"We need to regroup, recover, and respond in our tournament finale," ‎said Rob Gale, Canada Soccer's Men's National U-20 Team Coach. "The first goal is critical in these games. Once we tried to chase the game, we got caught on the transition and that's when you are most vulnerable."

Mexico remain undefeated across all three CONCACAF men's youth ‎competitions for 43 matches over nine years since 2009. They lead the way with 13 CONCACAF U-20 titles while Canada, Costa Rica and Honduras share second place with two U-20 titles each.

While qualification dreams for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 have ended, Canada will look to regroup to finish the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship on a positive note. ‎The group has shown a positive attitude throughout the competition and will look to build on the lessons learned throughout the two-year cycle.

Of note, ‎Canada featured their four youngest players in the squad, all of whom will be eligible for the next CONCACAF cycle in 2019.

In 2017, Canada will compete in three CONCACAF men's youth competitions: the CONCACAF Men's Under-20 Championship ‎in February, the CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship in April, and the CONCACAF Boys' Under-15 Championship in August.

Canada Soccer’s Men’s EXCEL Program channels our nation’s exceptional players into the best soccer environments. The Canada Soccer Pathway works in collaboration with our provincial and territorial partners as well as the professional clubs and academies. For Canada’s elite players, the program emphasizes player development on the pathway to representing Canada’s Men’s National Team in international soccer.

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