Canada learned its fate for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup Tuesday during the official draw for the tournament in Mexico City.
The Canadian team was drawn into Group C and all three of their first-round matches will be staged in Pachuca, Mexico. The Canadians open the tournament on June 19 vs. Uruguay. Three days later they play England and they conclude things on June 25 against Rwanda.
All things considered, it's a favourable draw for the Canadians, who should be able to progress from the group to the knockout stage of the competition.
The other five groups are:
- Group A: Mexico, North Korea, Congo and the Netherlands.
- Group B: Japan, Jamaica, France and Argentina.
- Group D: United States; Czech Republic, Uzbekistan and New Zealand.
- Group E: Burkina Faso, Panama, Germany and Ecuador.
- Group F: Australia, Ivory Coast, Brazil and Denmark
The FIFA U-17 World Cup runs from June 18 to July 10 in Mexico. The top two teams in each of the six groups - plus the four-best third-place teams - advance to the second round.
Switzerland won the 2009 competition held in Nigeria, but the Swiss failed to qualify this time around.
Canada qualified for the tournament in February by finishing second at the 2011 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship, its best finish ever in the continental competition. Canada lost 3-0 to the U.S. in the final.
The Canadian team will gather for a training camp from May 19-29 in Sunrise, FL. The 11-day camp will feature 24 players, as coach Sean Fleming looks to firm up his 21-player roster for the World Cup. Of note, Ismaïl Benomar won't be in Florida because of injury.
"This will be the first time we will have all our players since the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship," said head coach Sean Fleming. "It will be a great opportunity to get the final preparations in for the FIFA U-17 World Cup as well for the players to impress to claim a final roster spot."
CANADA'S TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
Goalkeepers: Chad Bush (Toronto FC Academy), Maxime Crépeau (Académie Impact Montréal), Quillan Roberts (Toronto FC Academy)
Defenders: Luca Gasparotto (SC Toronto), Marco Lapenna (Académie Impact Montréal), Tyler Pasher (Toronto FC Academy), Adam Polakiewicz (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Parker Seymour (Toronto FC Academy), Daniel Stanese (Vancouver Whitecaps Residency)
Midfielders: Bryce Alderson (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Wesley Cain (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Sergio Camargo (Toronto FC Academy), Yassin Essa (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Alex Halis (SC Toronto), Shadrack Mmunga (Unattached), Omari Morris (Toronto FC Academy), Chris Nanco Sigma FC Academy), Matteo Pasquotti (Vancouver Whitecaps Residency), Michael Petrasso (Toronto FC Academy), Samuel Piette (FC Metz/France)
Forwards: Keven Aleman (Toronto FC Academy), Jay Chapman (Toronto FC Academy), Moses Danto (World Soccer Academy), Sadi Jalali (Edmonton Juventus)