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Boys For Brazil! Canada Kicks-off 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup this Saturday

Get to know the 5 BC representatives heading for Brazil

October 23rd, 2019 - Vancouver BC

It’s a wonderful tournament, and our nation will be represented by a group of talented young men under the guidance of head coach Andrew Olivieri and his staff.   


The FIFA 2019 U17 World Cup begins this weekend, and Canada will not only feature in the challenging Group A, but officially open the event against the Brazilian hosts Saturday (13:00 Local Time).  Canada's group also includes Angola (Tuesday Oct 29) and New Zealand (Friday Nov 1).

2 years ago, England hoisted the trophy after a remarkable 5-2 win over Spain in the Kolkata Final.

READ Canada Soccer Announces the full squad for 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup

The 21 player squad features 5 from British Columbia, all of whom participated in the BC Soccer Provincial Program:

Damiano Pecile

A midfielder from Burnaby, Pecile played his youth football with Cliff Avenue before joining Mountain United in the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League.  In August of 2015, Damiano joined Whitecaps FC Academy and in June of 2018, signed for the club’s Development Squad. As a U14, Pecile made his National youth program debut during an identification camp under coach Ante Jazic, and a year later, took part in the U15 Identification Camp in Burnaby led by Rob Gale.

Pecile was a member of the squad that helped Canada qualify for the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup with their 4th place finish in the Concacaf U17 Championship. 

Damiano Pecile’s full Canada Soccer Profile:

Deylen Vellios

A defender/midfielder from Burnaby, Deylen’s youth career began at just 5 with South Burnaby Metro SC.  He joined Mountain United of the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League as a teenager, before entering the Whitecaps FC Academy Program in August of 2016.  Like his team-mate Damiano Pecile, Vellios also took part in the National identification camps involving Ante Jazic and Rob Gale.  Vellios was a member of the Concacaf U17 Championship side that qualified for the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

Deylen Vellios's full Canada Soccer profile:

Nathan Demian

Born in New Westminster, raised in Coquitlam, but later residing in Langley, Nathan is a defender who began his soccer journey at age 5 with Coquitlam Metro Ford.  His BC Soccer Premier League club was Surrey United before being accepted into the Whitecaps FC Academy Program in August of 2015.  In addition to the Canadian Youth National program identification camp with Ante Jazic in 2016, Demian was also called up by head coach Paul Stalteri for the Concacaf U15 Championship tournament where he served as team captain. 

Nathan Demian’s full Canada Soccer Profile:

Emiliano Brienza

A talented young midfielder who grew up in Coquitlam playing for Coquitlam Metro Ford before joining Mountain United of the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League. Emiliano became a member of the Whitecaps FC Academy in September of 2018, and was called up to a Canada U17 National team Camp in August in preparation for the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup.

Kamron Habibullah

Born in Uzbekistan but raised in Vancouver, midfielder Habibullah started his youth soccer career with South Burnaby Metro before joining Mountain United of the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League. In August of 2016 Kamron became a member of the Whitecaps FC Academy, and last year June, signed with the club’s Development Squad.  Habbibulah scored 3 goals during the 2019 Concacaf U17 Championships which helped our country qualify for the U17 World Cup in Brazil.

Kamron Habibullah’s full Canada Soccer Profile: 

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators, and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.