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Jelani Smith Named to the U-20 Canadian National Team
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Canada’s men’s U-20 team has announced its 21-man roster for the upcoming camp in Netherlands and FGCU men’s soccer player Jelani Smith has been named to the squad.
Smith (Mississauga, Canada) played in 16 games (12 starts) for the Eagles last season. He finished his freshman campaign with 19 shots, seven points, three assists, and two goals, which all are top-six on the squad.
“Jelani is truly honored to represent his country in this international tournament,” said FGCU Men’s Soccer head coach Bob Butehorn. “It’s an exciting opportunity for him to develop and mature as a player. “
The 12-day camp runs May 13-24 in and around Alkmaar, Netherlands. Amongst the camp activities, Canada will play international friendly matches against Egypt (May 18) and Japan (May 20).
On May 16, Canada will play a closed-door match against Cruz Azul. Following the international matches, Canada will play five 40-minute mini games on May 22 and 24. Canada will play three games on the first day and two more on the second day of the mini tournament featuring club and international teams.
Canada is currently preparing for next year’s 2011 CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Men’s Under-20 Championship. Next year’s confederation championship will feature 12 teams from North America. The CONCACAF championship will serve as the qualification route for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2011.
CANADA U-20 Roster
G- Latendresse-Lévesque, Julien | GER / Energie Cottbus | Chambly, QC, CAN
G- Stillo, Roberto | ITA / Genoa CFC | Mississauga, ON, CAN
D- Augustin, Francesco | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal | Montréal, QC, CAN
F- Baker, Jerome | GER / Energie Cottbus | Toronto, ON, CAN
D- Chalk, James | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain | Toronto, ON, CAN
M- Connon, Liam | SCO / Ross County FC | Ajax, ON, CAN
F- Costouros, Joseph | POR / Leixões Sport Club | Edmonton, AB, CAN
D- Dinkota, Serge | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal | Ste-Foy, QC, CAN
M- Gage, Ethan | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Cochrane, AB, CAN
D- Henry, Doneil | CAN / Toronto FC Academy | Brampton, ON, CAN
M- Hoilett, Jaineil | GER / FSV Mainz’05 | Brampton, ON, CAN
M- Jones, Darren | USA / University of Western Michigan | Victoria, BC, CAN
F- Kelly, Liam | USA / Crossfire Premier Academy
M- Kliment, Andrew | CZE / FK Bohemians Praha | Winnipeg, MB, CAN
F- Maheu, Justin | Unattached / sans club | Gatineau, QC, CAN
D- Mauro, Gino | ITA / Derthona F.B.C. | Ajax, ON, CAN
D- Meftouh, Amine | CAN / Académie Impact Montréal | St-Laurent, QC, CAN
F- Smith, Jelani | USA / Florida Gulf Coast University | Mississauga, ON, CAN
M- Stinson, Matthew | CAN / Toronto FC Academy | Toronto, ON, CAN
F- Sylla, Abdoulaye | FRA / FC Metz | Pierrefonds, QC, CAN
M- Teibert, Russell | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Niagara Falls, ON, CAN
Head Coach: Valerio Gazzola
Assistant Coach: Michael Findlay
Assistant Coach: Carmine Isacco
Goalkeeper Coach: Rafael Carbajal