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Three League1 Ontario Players Called To Men’s National Team

By OSA News, 01/09/15, 10:15AM EST


January will be a chance to impress for a number of players as Benito Floro, Head Coach of Canada’s Men’s National Team, has called in 24-players for the team’s first camp of 2015.

Three of those players called to the camp featured in League1 Ontario this year. Chris Manella, Johnny Grant and Kevon Black have all been included in the national set-up. 

Manella, who played for Toronto FC Academy and signed to their first team late in the season, was named to the 2014 League1 Ontario Top X1 at the year end. 

Grant, who came through the Sigma FC Academy system, featured prominently for the squad in League1 and was also named to the 2014 League1 Ontario Top X1. 

Black played a number of League1 games before heading back to school to play for Duke University. 

With most of the European-based players unavailable as the camp in Orlando, Florida, USA, doesn’t fall in a FIFA international window, Floro has called in a predominantly North American-based squad. With the North American season still a few months away, the two International Friendlies against Iceland will be a chance to further develop the team’s tactics.

"It’s true that speaking of the physical condition, the players may not be fully fit. It is for that, as I’ve said before, that we need to learn how to play to win the game using our resources,” said Floro. “It means that they won’t have a lot of energy but we need to control the situation in the game. We need to develop our plan and strategy and that’s very important.”

Click here to read more about the team and the upcoming games.