As an automatic North American entrant, Canada will be competing in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship for a 22nd time.
It has captured the title on two occasions (1986, 1996), but has not lifted the trophy in more than 20 years. The current squad, though, seems well equipped to challenge for top honors.
Eight of the 20 players are on the books of European clubs, including 17-year-old forward Liam Millar, who scored three goals in his debut for the Liverpool U18s against Blackburn Rovers in the 2016/17 season opener.
Midfielders Tristan Borges, Dante Campbell and Aiden Daniels, plus defenders Kosovar Sadicki and Kadin Chung, were on Canada’s roster for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
Canada, which has competed in eight FIFA U-20 World Cups, has lost its last four CONCACAF Under-20 Championship encounters. Included in those results were setbacks to Honduras and Mexico, both of which are Group A opponents in the 2017 edition.