Youngsters Arrive in Blaine, MN for Two-game Series
Posted on 16 July 2005 in Men's U-18 TeamOttawa, ON Canada's U18 Development Team arrived in Blaine MN yesterday evening for a two-game series against USA later this week.
The team, a mixture of domestic based players born in 1987 and 1988, will play the US U17 National Team, currently preparing for the FIFA U17 World Championships in September 2005.
The matches will take place on July 18th and 20th at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN and will be the two feature matches at this year's Schwan's USA Cup, one of the largest Youth Festivals in North America. Both games will kickoff at 7pm local time.
Ecuador was to be Canada's second opponent but due to some late immigration issues, Ecuador was unable to make the trip and the second match against the USA was confirmed.
One very interested spectator will be Canadian U20 National Team coach Dale Mitchell. Mitchell will be on hand to assess the team with an eye toward his next U20 National Team. Mitchell is currently planning a training camp for late 2005 and will certainly be looking for players to add to that roster.
Both of these games will be a great test for our boys, said Canadian Head Coach Sean Fleming.
It will also give Dale (Mitchell) an excellent opportunity to see some of the players that will hopefully be a part of his next U20 squad in two very competitive games.
The squad includes a number of players with several international matches under their belt.
Mike D'Agostino will undoubtedly be asked to shoulder a leadership role with this team. The versatile defender/midfielder was a valuable member of Canada's U20 team that qualified in San Pedro Sula, Honduras earlier this year. D'Agostino was not included in the squad that traveled to the Netherlands for the World Championships but will certainly be keen to show that he will be a key component of Mitchell's 2007 squad.
Jonathan Beaulieu-Bourgault, Josue Jaramillo, and Curtis Ridley were all members of Stephen Hart's U17 National Team that recently returned from Culiacán, Mexico and both Christian Nunez and David Monsalve were regulars on that team until injuries kept them out of the Qualifying Tournament. Beaulieu-Bourgault was also a late addition to Mitchell's U20 World Championship team at this year's tournament in Holland. The youngster replaced an injured Matt Britner but did not make an appearance.
Stephen Lumley and Alex Elliott have also been through a qualifying tournament. They were members of Stephen Hart's U17 National Team in 2003.
Final - LIST OF PLAYERS\t\t\t
8\tM\tBOURGAULT, Jonathan Beaulieu\t27-Sep-88\tIle Bizard\tQC
12\tF\tDI IOIA, Massimo\t\t18-Jun-87\tMontreal\tQC
NAME OF TEAM OFFICIALS\t\t\t
FLEMING, Sean\t\tHead Coach\t
DiPIETRANTONIO, Andrea\tAssistant Coach
PELLEGRINO, Anthony\tAthletic Therapist
LAARABI, Djamel\t\tEquipment Manager/GK Coach
COCHRANE, Earl\t\tNational Teams Manager