TJ Tahid joins Canada’s U-17 men’s national team for preparation camp ahead of U-17 FIFA World Cup

Vancouver FC midfielder Taryck ‘TJ’ Tahid receives his second international call up by Canada’s U-17 men’s national team for the upcoming preparation camp ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Indonesia 2023.   

The week-long camp in Indonesia will act as the final stage of evaluation and preparation before Canada’s roster will be reduced to 21 players ahead of the opening match to the biennial tournament.

“It is pinnacle events like this that our most talented young Canadians need to experience and to rise up on their journey towards the highest tiers of the global game,” said Andrew Olivieri, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Youth Excel Director.

Tahid, 16, earned his first international call up just last month when Canada played in a two-match friendly series against Brazil, the defending FIFA U-17 World Cup champions. The native of Maple Ridge made his debut in the first match on September 29, 2023, receiving his first start and played a total of 62 minutes in Canada’s 3-1 loss. Tahid earned his second cap for Canada as a second-half substitute in the final match on October 1, 2023.

Tahid inked his first professional deal with Vancouver on May 6, 2023, becoming the youngest player in Canadian Premier League (CPL) history to sign a standard professional contract at 16 years and 16 days old. Tahid became the youngest player to appear in a CPL match during his CPL debut as a second half substitute in Vancouver’s inaugural home opener on May 7, 2023, and once again made history as the league’s youngest ever scorer when he netted his first goal against Pacific FC on June 2, 2023. 

Days after announcing his first call up for Canada, Tahid scored his third and final goal of the 2023 CPL season in Vancouver’s 1-0 win over Valour FC to eliminate the Winnipeg-side out of playoff contention and lift VFC out of last place in the league. The young midfielder finished his first professional season making six starts in twenty appearances for Vancouver.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup Indonesia 2023 marks the first biennial tournament since the global pandemic. Canada will play in Group B and first face Spain on Friday, November 10 at Manahan Stadium in Surakarta at 5 a.m. PT/ 8 a.m. ET. Canada will also compete against Uzbekistan on Monday, November 13 at Manahan Stadium at 5 a.m. PT / 8 a.m. ET and then Mali on Thursday, November 16 at Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Benowo at 2 a.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET. Throughout the competition, fans will find coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube featuring the hashtag #canm17.

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