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Thread to track players with a 2004 birth year.

These players will be 22 during the 2026 World Cup. 

Called up for the 2019 Concacaf U-15 Championship in August:

CANADA
GK- Max Anchor | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps Academy
GK- Dino Bontis | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
CB- Loïc Cloutier | CAN / Académie de l’Impact de Montréal
CB- Markus Pusztahegyi | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
FB- Renaud Caron | CAN / Académie de l’Impact de Montréal
M- Luca Accettola | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Jordan Alvarez | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
M- Matteo Campagna | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps Academy
M- Malik Daouda | CAN / Académie de l’Impact de Montréal
M- Maël Henry | CAN / Académie de l’Impact de Montréal
M- Nathan-Dylan Saliba | CAN / Académie de l’Impact de Montréal
M- Marko Stojadinovic | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Theo Afework | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps Academy
F- Jean-Aniel Assi | CAN / Académie de l’Impact de Montréal
F- Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Hugo Mbongue Mbongue | CAN / Toronto FC Academy
F- Charles-Étienne Volcy | CAN / Académie de l’Impact de Montréal
 
CANADA A-Z

Name | Birthyear | City where they grew up | First/active start in soccer
Accettola, Luca | 2004 | Vaughan, ON, CAN | Vaughan SC
Afework, Theo | 2004 | Calgary, AB, CAN | Calgary Ranger SC
Alvarez, Jordan | 2004 | Toronto, ON, CAN | SC Toronto
Anchor, Max | 2004 | North Burnaby, BC, CAN | Coquitlam Metro Ford SC
Assi, Jean-Aniel | 2004 | Montréal, QC, CAN | ASM LaSalle
Bontis, Dino | 2004 | Ancaster, ON, CAN | Hamilton Sparta
Campagna, Matteo | 2004 | Surrey, BC, CAN | Surrey United SC
Caron, Renaud | 2004 | Saint-Hubert, QC, CAN | ARS Rive-Sud
Cloutier, Loïc | 2004 | Montréal, QC, CAN | FC Trois Lacs
Daouda, Malik | 2004 | Brossard, QC, CAN | AS Brossard
Henry, Maël | 2004 | Montréal, QC, CAN | CS Boucaniers Montréal
Marshall-Rutty, Jahkeele | 2004 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Brampton East SC
Mbongue Mbongue, Hugo | 2004 | Toronto, ON, CAN | Cherry Beach SC
Pusztahegyi, Markus | 2004 | Kitchener, ON, CAN | Kitchener SC
Saliba, Nathan-Dylan | 2004 | Longueuil, QC, CAN | CS Longueuil
Stojadinovic, Marko | 2004 | Caledon, ON, CAN | South Caledon SC
Volcy, Charles-Étienne | 2004 | Blainville, QC, CAN | AS Blainville

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If you want any shot at international football join one of 3 clubs.  Oh, you’re just 14 and from Winnipeg? Too bad.

What a sham.  Why not just be honest and call it a MLS academy camp?  Using this selection process they would be missing Millar, David, Davies etc.  A sure fire way to build us as a soccer nation - let’s ignore 99% of our talent.

 

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And the MLS teams are now all in USSDA leagues, which means it will make it even harder (at least in Ontario, it's already been like this for years for Montreal and Vancouver) to compare players from outside the MLS academies to those that aren't in academy setups.

Hopefully CPL can one day rectify this "3 team all-star team" problem by at the very least getting more academy systems out there and greatly increase the geographical footprint of pro academy set ups. Maybe the CSA would be comfortable with at least scouting those teams as well. Plus, with CPL teams actually playing Canadian players in large numbers, it might be more attractive to some players than MLS academies, so you might not get cases of players avoiding them when they already live in the area.

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Progress of 2004s

1. Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty:  Striker, TFC Homegrown signing, made his MLS debut in 2020, playing 18 minutes and 6 bench appearances. 3 games, 10 minutes with TFC 2 in 2019, 30 goals in 34 USDA games.  5 games, 322 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist with the U15NT.

2. Jean-Aniel Assi: Midfield, Montreal Homegrown signing, made his professional debut in CCL playing 7 minutes.  60 games, 21 goals in USDA.  5 games, 306 minutes, 4 goals with U15NT.

3. Nathan-Dylan Saliba: Midfield, Montreal Homegrown signing, on the bench for Montreal’s final CCL game.  42 games, 9 goals in USDA. 4 games, 269 minutes, 1 assist with U15NT

4. Gabriel Pellegrino: Midfield, Freiberg, German U17 league, 5 games, 323 minutes. 34 games, 14 goals with TFC USDA team.

5. Matt Passacquale: Midfield, Heerenveen, 12 games, 817 minutes with the U17 and U18 teams.

 

Other:

Jeronimo Sabbatasso  U17 CA Independiente, 1 U15 Camp

Noah Abatneh  Lazio U17

Frederico Rose  Velez Sarsfield U17.

 

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Jeronimo Sabbatasso (born in Buenos Aires in 2004) is playing for the U17 team of CA Independiente.  He was called up to a Canadian U15 training camp in 2019.

https://canadasoccer.com/profile/?id=6566&teamId=2073

Noah Abatneh plays for Lazio U17.  He has been on the bench a few times in September/October.   The season was put on hold (I think) because of Covid back in October.

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This was the age group for TFC (u15) that won the DA Playoffs in 2019 -- pretty sure all those TFC guys listed in the OP were on that team. I think Gabriel Pellegrino was also on that TFC team before he moved to Europe.

Finals are up on YouTube if anyone wants to take a look. Pretty exciting game generally, but it is still most definitely youth level soccer: DA Playoffs: U-15 Championship Final - Toronto FC vs. LAFC - YouTube

 

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One would hope, but not hold their breath, that the CSA will not rest on their laurels given the cancellation of the u17 World Cup in 2021.

Even with a cycle last time round we still missed out on Corbeanu and Mitrovic. In 2017 we missed out on Akinola and Yankov. Pretty inexcusable to miss out on guys at the U17 level who are in the conversation for your MNT just a year or two later.

It seems we have a deep 2004 pool so this problem could arise yet again. Hopefully ID camps continue nonetheless and the one good thing will be that we don't have to cut anyone and hurt feelings.

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9 hours ago, CanadaFan123 said:

One would hope, but not hold their breath, that the CSA will not rest on their laurels given the cancellation of the u17 World Cup in 2021.

Even with a cycle last time round we still missed out on Corbeanu and Mitrovic. In 2017 we missed out on Akinola and Yankov. Pretty inexcusable to miss out on guys at the U17 level who are in the conversation for your MNT just a year or two later.

It seems we have a deep 2004 pool so this problem could arise yet again. Hopefully ID camps continue nonetheless and the one good thing will be that we don't have to cut anyone and hurt feelings.

It’s difficult to say that CSA missed out on players at this age.  Kids develop at this age a very different speeds. Some emerge and then fade fast into oblivion; others emerge later but then surge into prominence. 

Who would have thought in the summer of 2018 that two years later David would go for 25 million. Pretty much no one. And then during the same period Tabla to go from Barcelona to being benched back with the Impact. And these kids were already older than 15 or 16 at the beginning of this period.  

Plus Akinola choose the US.  He wasn’t missed by Canada. 

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On 7/21/2019 at 6:00 AM, CanadaFan123 said:

If you want any shot at international football join one of 3 clubs.  Oh, you’re just 14 and from Winnipeg? Too bad.

What a sham.  Why not just be honest and call it a MLS academy camp?  Using this selection process they would be missing Millar, David, Davies etc.  A sure fire way to build us as a soccer nation - let’s ignore 99% of our talent.

 

How can we have "the best 2004's in CONCACAF" (as someone posted in another thread) but then also be missing "99% of our [2004] talent"?

This board is so Jekyll and Hyde sometimes :D 

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4 hours ago, Bertuzzi44 said:

How can we have "the best 2004's in CONCACAF" (as someone posted in another thread) but then also be missing "99% of our [2004] talent"?

This board is so Jekyll and Hyde sometimes :D 

We’ll it’s possible there’s a better one who hasn’t been seen.

also at this age the gap is thin and in a few few months the title can change. 
 

also, to the op. There is a poster here who had said that David looked special and would chase Phonzie. Guys on the NT have said David could end up better.

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On 12/28/2020 at 2:43 PM, El Diego said:

This was the age group for TFC (u15) that won the DA Playoffs in 2019 -- pretty sure all those TFC guys listed in the OP were on that team. I think Gabriel Pellegrino was also on that TFC team before he moved to Europe.

Finals are up on YouTube if anyone wants to take a look. Pretty exciting game generally, but it is still most definitely youth level soccer: DA Playoffs: U-15 Championship Final - Toronto FC vs. LAFC - YouTube

 

As mentioned in another thread, I watched this game to get a look at some of these players.  Another guy to keep an eye on would be Luca Accetolla.  Wore the Captain's armband and the #10.  Looked active and took all the corners for TFC.  Doesn't have the physically imposing size of Mbongue, or the pure skill of Marshall-Rutty, but was an active, very involved player.  He and Pellegrino (who went off injured with TFC down 2-0) seemed to be the midfield engines, but I would have to say Accetolla was the more impressive player of the two in this game.

I also liked keeper Dino Bontis' game. Not a big kid, but good and confident with the ball at his feet.  

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