Football Canada shortlists 50 defensive players for U20 World Junior Championship

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Team Canada’s rosters for the upcoming U20 World Junior Championship in Edmonton are starting to take shape.

100 players have been shortlisted to form Team Canada 1 and Team Canada 2 with 50 on the defensive side of the ball, which were announced on Tuesday. The other 50 players will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 6.

“Selecting the top 100 football players from across Canada to compete for a historic chance to win gold on home soil has been an incredible journey. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our coaches whose dedication and hard work were pivotal in this process,” said Warren Craney, the head coach of Team Canada 1 in a statement.

“To every athlete who attended our selection camps, your commitment and talent have truly impressed us. Now, as we embark on this remarkable journey, the real work begins.”

The 50 defensive players selected by Football Canada are as follows.

Defensive linemen

Brandy Adams, Alta.
Kaden Boomer, N.B.
Raffael Cazzetta, Que.
Aurel Djabome, Que.
Gerard Dominguez, Que.
Ambroise Duplessis, Que.
Kailan Harrison, N.B.
Carson Hartmann, Alta.
Justin Haynes, Ont.
Domenic Limanni, Ont.
Jeffrey Kabolambi, Que.
Michael Kessy, Ont.
Christophe Martin, Que.
Carlos McArthur, Sask.
Ethan McIntyre, N.S.
Santiago Ramirez, Alta.
Bradley Rodin, Sask.
Sammy-Joe Sudah, Que.


Gabriel Andre, Ont.
Raphael Aube, Que.
Tyler Bailey, Man.
Élyott Boissonneault, Que.
Isaiah Cooper, B.C.
Sean Cullen, B.C.
Porter Hanson, Sask.
Ramsey Keates, Ont.
Gabriel Levesque, N.B.
Rory Litt, N.S.
Owen Lock, Ont.
Westly Mclennan, Ont.
Alexandre Milnes-Pominville, Que.
Matt Shannon, N.S.
Zaden Taylor, Sask.
Thomas Young, Ont.

Defensive backs

Edwyetne Charles, Que.
Jake Fenske, B.C.
Gilbert Guay, Que.
Nate Jensen, N.B.
Ethan Laing, Sask.
Rocco Macchia, Man.
Christopher MacLeod, B.C.
Dominic Mais, Ont.
Brian Milien, Que.
Isaac Pépin, Que.
Allen Renelique, Que.
Bright Rukundo, Que.
Jonathan Saincyr, Que.
Sean Robert Slusher, Man.
Tazmin Smith Windsor, Sask.
Nordtey Trembley, Alta.

The U20 World Junior Championship is scheduled for June 20 to 30. Training camp will be held in Calgary prior to the event where rosters will be finalized.

This year’s event is the first since 2018, when Canada won gold over the host country in Mexico City, Mexico. Canada also won the event immediately prior when they defeated the United States in the gold medal game in Harbin, China in 2016.