Morgan, Pietrangelo named Canada's top U-20 players
Defender Ashtone Morgan and striker Amélia Pietrangelo have earned Canada's under-20 soccer player of the year honours.
Morgan, a 20-year-old from Toronto, Ont., made his senior national team debut as a substitute in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in October. He made his first start with the team — playing all 90 minutes — in a 4-0 win over St. Kitts and Nevis in November.
Morgan plays his club soccer with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. He appeared in 14 games with the team and also played in all eight of Toronto FC’s CONCACAF Champions League matches, helping the team qualify for the quarter-final phase in 2012.
Pietrangelo, an 18-year-old from Laval, Que., made her debut with the Canadian women's national team in December 2010, but made an impact this past October at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. She scored her first international goal against Costa Rica and started two games as Canada captured the gold medal over Brazil.
Pietrangelo is eligible to represent Canada at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship and the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Uzbekistan 2012.
The two players were named in a vote split by national team coaches and Canadian A and B-level certified coaches.
On Monday, Bryce Alderson and Ashley Lawrence were named Canada's top under-17 players.
The Canadian Soccer Association will unveil its female and male players of the year on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.