Sigma FC's Christopher Nanco has earned an invitation from Coach Sean Fleming to the national U-17 men's training camp in the USA and Jamaica that begins this week, the Canadian Soccer Association announced this week.

The 21-man roster is laden with 12 players from Canada's three professional youth academies (Vancouver Whitecaps, Toronto FC and Montreal Impact), but Nanco's invitation is the sole invitee from a Canadian independent soccer Academy and this speaks to the quality of the education he has received through the Toronto-based SIGMA organization. Sigma FC is a member of the Soccer Academy Alliance of Canada (SAAC).

"The coaching staff, management and players are happy to have one of our SIGMA players be provided the opportunity to represent Canada. It is what all our players strive for- to one day play for the men's National team. Chris is a very good player with a bright future and he has shown that over the years and in recent past with his successful training periods at Liverpool and Newcastle," said SIGMA Technical Director Bobby Smyrniotis. "We are quite confident that through all the hard work and commitment of our players at Sigma, other players will soon follow Chris to represent Canada"

Nanco, a technically sound and dynamic attacking winger, recently returned from training stints in England with Premiership sides Liverpool and Newcastle. He plays with SIGMA's C1 (1995) squad and lives in Brampton.

The U17 national team camp will take place from Oct. 22 to Nov. 3 in Florida and Jamaica. The camp will feature a pair of international matches against the U.S. in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., as well as a pair of international matches against Jamaica in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Canada is preparing for the 2011 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship.