Marcelo Flores is a Canadian-born forward who is currently playing for Arsenal’s U18 and he has 3 goals, 1 assist in 9 appearances in the U18 Premier League 2020/21 season. The 17-year-old has been invited for the 28-player Canadian camp that is set to start on January 9th and end on the 24th in a bubble at the IMG Center in Bradenton, Florida.
The Arsenal youngster has already participated in the Mexican youth program because his dad was born there and has dual citizenship. He will join the training camp in January that will include two training scrimmages against opponents that are to be determined and to get to know the project that Canada has to offer ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Since this is a non-FIFA international window, the 28-player roster will include Major League Soccer and Canadian teams. Other big names in this roster include Mark-Anthony Kaye (LAFC), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps), and Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC).
Canada will start their World Cup qualifying campaign on March 25th at home facing Bermuda and they have to play roughly 20 matches if they want to be in the Qatar 2022.
After facing Bermuda they will have to play away against the Cayman Islands on March 28th, then on June 5th at Aruba and they will end the first round of the qualifiers at home against Suriname on June 8th.