Teibert: Canadian U-20s inspired by U-17 success

Russell Teibert at Empire Field on Friday.

Russell Teibert and his teammates on the Canadian U-20 will look to the recent success of our U-17 program for inspiration.

Teibert will leave the Vancouver Whitecaps Sunday, the day after they open the MLS season against Toronto FC, to head to Florida for the national U-20 camp. The Canadian team will then head to Guatemala for the CONCACAF qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup.

And they will go there inspired by the U-17 team’s success at the CONCACAF championships, taking the U.S. into extra time of the championship game before conceding its first goal of the tournament.

“For myself, for a lot of the guys on the team, we still feel like we’re a part of the (U-17) team,” said Teibert. “We all remember what it felt like to not qualify. It gives us motivation to qualify for the U-20s.”

But, before the Florida camp, Teibert is hopeful that Whitecaps coach Teitur Thordarson will insert him into the lineup for Saturday’s game against Toronto FC.

“Being a Niagara Falls boy, I played against a lot of their players coming up. So facing them again in a game like this would be something special. It’s a big game for me. I hope I will play.”

Teibert, who came up through the Whitecaps’ Residency ranks, became only the second Canadian-born player to get Generation Adidas status. His MLS contract was announced Thursday, even though, based on a fantastic preseason, there was never any doubt about Teibert’s status with the club.

“Obviously, it (Generation Adidas) was a big part of the contract,” said Teibert. “There never was a doubt that I wanted to play for Vancouver.”


About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, NASL.com and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.