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Two CPL Teens Crack Canada U-20 Roster

By on February 12, 2024 0 945 Views

Two Canadian Premier League athletes have cracked Andrew Olivieri’s Canada U-20 national team roster ahead of the 2024 Concacaf Under-20 Championship Qualifiers, with three other youngsters who’ve trained with CPL teams also in the mix.

The continental competition will kick off Trinidad and Tobago later this month, with the Canadians grouped against Dominica, St. Vincent And The Grenadines, and hosts Trinidad and Tobago.

Vancouver FC James Cameron
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Vancouver FC’s James Cameron has made the list following a stellar rookie season in Canada’s to flight: after jumping straight into a starting role with the expansion team, he only missed one club match since making his midseason debut. He led the team in tackles won per game and duals won ahead of a Best Canadian U-21 Player nomination from the league.

The offseason saw the 19-year-old trial with multiple Premier League sides which included a multi-week spell at Luton Town, though the North Vancouver native is expected back in Langley for the upcoming 2024 CPL season.

“These last 12 months have been a whirlwind in the best way,” said Cameron on the call-up. “I am forever grateful for these experiences and the people who have helped to make them possible. I’m so excited to show what I can do for Canada.”

Canada U-17 Kevaughn Tavernier
Photo Credit: Renan Camargo

Forge youngster Kevaughn Tavernier signed a developmental deal with Forge last season, making two club appearances before featuring (and evidently impressing) with the Canada U-17 team.

The Brampton-born teen recently made his Concacaf Champions Cup debut for the hammers, coming off the bench against Chivas last Wednesday after signing a new short-term contract of unspecified length.

York United Preseason Goalkeepers
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The roster also includes former York United developmental goalkeeper Ivan Pavela and a pair of former Halifax Wanderers youngsters in Kimani-Stewart Baynes and Ethan Schilte-Brown, who both carried developmental contracts last year.

The full list of Olivieri’s 21-man roster can be seen here:

GK: Gregoire Swiderski (Girondins Bordeaux)
​GK: Ivan Pavela (Lokomotiva Zagreb)
​GK: Nathaniel Abraham (Toronto FC)
​DF: Theo Rigopoulos (Toronto FC)
​DF: Christian Greco-Taylor (Unattached)
​DF: Sergei Kozlovskiy (CF Montreal)
​DF: Lazar Stefanovic (Toronto FC)
​DF: James Cameron (Vancouver FC)
​DF: Ethan Schilte-Brown (Kilmarnock FC)
​DF: Adam Pearlman (Toronto FC Academy)
​MF: Alessandro Biello (CF Montreal  )
​MF: Tiago Codinha (Twente Enschede) 
​MF: Jeevan Badwal (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
​MF: Jesse Costa (VFL Wolfsburg)
​MF: Matteo Schiavoni (CF Montreal)
​MF:Myles Morgan (Unattached)
​FW: Oumar Diallo (Inter Milan) 
​FW: Kimani Stewart-Baynes (Colorado Rapids)  
​FW: Kevaughn Tavernier (Forge FC)  
​FW: Tavio Ciccarelli (Sheffield United) 
​FW: Santiago Lopez (Pumas Unam)

“With this new format for the Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship, we’ll have to earn our way into the final qualifying round with no margin for error,” said head coach Andrew Olivieri.

“While the environment and opponents will be a big test, especially Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain, we see it as a real blessing to be able to bring a new generation of players together for the first time and do it in such meaningful matches.” ​

Should the young reds quality for the Concacaf Under-20 Championship, it will mark the country’s 25th appearance in the tournament. Canada has won it twice in 1986 and 1996 respectively.

Fans interested in tuning in to the qualifiers can do so on OneSoccer, fuboTV, and Telus Optik TV (channel 980).

Header Image Photo Credit: Beau Chevalier

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