Sigma FC is proud to announce that two players from the academy will join Canada's under-17 camp for two friendlies against Mexico next week in preparation for this summer's World Cup.
Chris Nanco of SIGMA's B2 squad returns to the national team after playing a pivotal role in Canada's silver medal performance at the 2011 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship in Jamaica. Joining Nanco is defender Domenic Samuel of SIGMA's B1 squad. This is Samuel first experience with the national team.
"As an academy, we are very proud to see our players gain opportunities such as representing our country," said SIMGA technical director Bobby Smyrniotis. "These experiences will only make them better players and people as they strive to meet their goals.
"This call up comes at a time when we are prepared to announce our first eight 2011 University commitments and several of our players training overseas with success. It is another fact to show that our coaching staff and players at SIGMA are doing a great job" he added.
Canada will face Mexico in a pair of International Friendly matches this week in Morelia, Mexico on Wednesday April 20 and Sunday April 24 at the Estadio Morelos. Both Canada and Mexico have already qualified for this summer's FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011.
"This is a great opportunity to play an excellent opposition," said Canadian U-17 head coach Sean Fleming, in a release issued by Soccer Canada. "We are also very happy to be playing in one of the six sites for the coming tournament."
The camp runs 16-25 April in Mexico for the 24 players invited.
All but two players come from clubs in Canada. Five players are getting their first call up to the national program: Chad Bush, Moses Danto, Samuel Leblanc, Tyler Pasher and Domenic Samuel.
This will be Canada's first camp since winning a silver medal at the 2011 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship. At that tournament, Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time since 1995. Upcoming opponent Mexico, who qualified as host nation, did not participate in the CONCACAF championship.