When Soccer Canada announced its U-23 roster for an upcoming tour it included three WFC2 members; Ben McKendry, Chris Serban, and Marco Carducci. The tour will take the form of a ten day camp from May 10 - 19, with stops in Toronto, as well as the Caribbean nations of Guyana and Grenada, where the team will play the respective nations “A” squads on May 15th and 18th.
For the 23 year-old McKendry, this will be his third call up to international duty having made appearances for the Canadian U-18 team in 2011 and the U-20 team in 2013.
Goalkeeper Marco Carducci has been apart of the the Canadian national team at various levels since the age of 15 and will be making his first appearance since last year’s CONCACAF U-20 Championships.
20 year- old Chris Serban will be making his third appearance for Canada, all at the U-20 level. Most recently he starred at the same 2015 CONCACAF U-20 tournament that Carducci attended, where the full back played every minute of the country’s five matches.
All three players will be unavailable for the ‘Caps next two matches, including this Sunday’s showdown against the undefeated LA Galaxy II. McKendry’s absence in the middle of midfield will be the biggest hole to fill, as his vision and range of passing have been in fine form over the last two weeks. Look for Mitch Piraux to perhaps get another shot at being the creative link between the defenders and attackers.
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