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Toronto FC defender highlights Canadian U-20 roster

Defender Nana Attakora-Gyan was one of 20 players named to the Canadian men's youth team on Monday for the upcoming CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago.

Defender Nana Attakora-Gyan was one of 20 players named to the Canadian men's youth team on Monday for the upcoming CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago.

Also included on the Canadian roster was Toronto FC's Gabe Gala, Vancouver Whitecaps forward Marcus Haber, and defender Alex Surprenant of the Montreal Impact.

The Canadian team will train this week in Florida before heading off to Trinidad & Tobago on March 4.

"The final camp has arrived, and we are going to use it for fine tuning," Canadian coach Tony Fonseca said.  "We are aware of the difficulties of the competition. The opponents are very strong and we know that there is no room for mistakes."

The CONCACAF tournament is split into two first first-round groups, with the top two in each advancing to the semifinals. Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago will play in Group B. Group A consists of the United States, El Salvador, and Jamaica.

The winner of a March 2 playoff between Honduras and St. Vincent & the Grenadines will also compete in Group A.  Canada's first game of the CONCACAF tournament is on March 7 against Trinidad & Tobago. Two days later, Canada will play Mexico before concluding the first round on March 11 against Costa Rica.

The final is March 15.

The four semi-finalists also automatically qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in Egypt in September. Canada, which hosted the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, has played in the last four tournaments, including in 2003 when it reached the quarter-finals.

Canada's roster for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship (pro team in brackets):

Goalkeepers

  • Adam Street (West Ham United, England).
  • Julien Latendresse-Lévesque (Vancouver Whitecaps).

Defenders 

  • Eddy Sidra (Energie Cottbus, Germany).
  • Alex Surprenant (Montreal Impact).
  • Nana Attakora-Gyan (Toronto FC).
  • Adam Straith (Vancouver Whitecaps).
  • Kennedy Owusu-Ansah (Hertha Berlin, Germany).
  • Fabrice Lassonde (FC Ingolstadt, Germany).
  • Ethan Gage (Vancouver Whitecaps).

Midfielders

  • Philippe Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps).
  • Shaun Saiko (Middlesbrough, England).
  • Michael Pereira (Providence College, NCAA).
  • Derek Gaudet (unattached).
  • Brandon Bonifacio (FC Zwolle, Netherlands).
  • Igor Pisanjuk (Ferencvarosi Torna, Hungary).
  • Paris Nakajima-Farran (Naestved, Denmark).

Forwards

  • Marcus Haber (Vancouver Whitecaps).
  • Kyle Porter (Vancouver Whitecaps).
  • Randy Edwini-Bonsu (Vancouver Whitecaps).
  • Igor Pisanjuk (Ferencvarosi Torna, Hungary).

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