Gorge FC’s Dario Zanatta named to U20 Team Canada

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Nineteen-year-old Dario Zanatta who plays for the Gorge FC has been named to the U20 national squad.

He will get a chance to play in the CONCACAF tournament starting on Feb.17 in San Jose, Costa Rica as a qualification tournament for the FIFA U20 World Cup.

Four teams will earn the right to advance to the 2017 World Cup happening May 20 to June 11 in South Korea.

Zanatta (1997) plays for Scottish League One side Queen's Park FC. He is on loan from Heart of Midlothian, as a forward and previously represented Canada at U16, U18 and U20 level. He scored once already in five games at the U20 level.

He grew up playing for Gorge FC and Lower Island Metro. As a teenager, he played for the Victoria Capitals youth program before joining Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011. He left Vancouver in Feb 2015, having been unable to agree to terms on a contract and set his sights on Europe.

Zanatta tried out with Ipswich Town, IFK Gothenburg and Heart of Midlothian.

Canada drew into possibly the toughest group, Group A with Honduras, Mexico, and Antigua and Barbuda. Canada will open against Honduras on Friday 17 February at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in San Jose, Costa Rica.

"Right now, we are not looking further than Honduras," said Head Coach Rob Gale. "We know they will be a tough opponent, strong and direct in their play. We will have to match their play and be creative at the other end."

One comment on “Gorge FC’s Dario Zanatta named to U20 Team Canada

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Drew Shaw on Feb 11, 2017 3:26 pm

I watched curly-haired Dario run around Royal Athletic Park while his father Dante coached Victoria United. Well done Dario! This is why we need a tier 2 Canadian Soccer League!

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