Canada prepares for its 1st World Cup in 36 years
If you’re a soccer fan in Canada, you pretty much already know the story behind the World Cup. For those who don’t, here’s the lowdown: it is soccer’s championship tournament, and every three years, they gather around the world, competing one another in an exhibition of the world’s most popular sport. This year, 2018, the tournament will be held in Russia, which will be hosting the competition for the first time in its history.
The Canadian soccer team will be participating in the competition. And while they will be playing the U-23s, they will be traveling with an experienced, experienced team. And that team will be made up of 18 Canadians who have been selected by the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). These 18 Canadians include some of the most recognized names in the Canadian program; all of them have been capped in international matches and all of them have been world-class players.
The team is made up of the following:
Kheli (Kieran) Dyer – Defender – DIF; Toronto FC Academy (Toronto FC’s U-14 program); Toronto FC (Toronto FC’s U-20 program); Vancouver Whitecaps (Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s U-23 program); Ottawa Fury (Ottawa Fury FC’s U-23 program); FC Montreal (FC Montreal’s U-23 program); Montréal Impact (Montreal Impact’s U-23 program); Colorado Rapids (Colorado Rapids’ U-23 program); Toronto FC (Toronto FC’s U-23 program); Chicago Fire (Chicago Fire’s U-23 program); and Chivas USA (Chivas USA’s U-23 program).
Dyer, who is 23 years old, is a product of Toronto FC’s youth system. He won a Canadian Championship with the under-14 side in