Canadian teenagers Sabrina D’Angelo and Doneil Henry have been named Canadian U-20 Players of the Year for 2012. The two stars were honoured in a vote shared by national-team coaches (50%) and other Canadian coaches (50%).
D’Angelo, a native of Welland, was goalkeeper of Canada’s women’s U-20 team, helping the national squad qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
In March, she helped Canada win a silver medal at the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in Panama. She earned Canada’s Player of the Match honours in the 1-0 group finale victory over Mexico. In all, she posted six clean sheets in 2012, including a 6-0 win over Argentina at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012.
D’Angelo also earned two call-ups to Canada’s national A team in 2012. At the college level with University of South Carolina, she started 14 matches and posted three clean sheets. She also earned Second Team All-SEC honours.
“Sabrina couldn’t be more deserving of this honour,” said Andrew Olivier, Canada’s women’s U-20 coach. “Her performances throughout the CONCACAF Championship and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup speak for themselves.
“The composure and consistency she continuously showed were those of a mature goalkeeper beyond her years, so her inclusion in the national A team environment didn’t come as a surprise. I would like to wish her much success in the next steps of her career.”
Henry is a member of Canada’s men’s U-20 team, having taken part in two national U-20 camps in 2012. He also participated in one men’s national camp (he made his international A debut on Aug.15) and helped Canada’s U-23 team come within a win of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics.
On March 24 at the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, he scored the opening goal of a 2-0 win over USA.
Henry of Brampton, ON played his professional football for Toronto FC in 2012. He helped Toronto FC reach the semi-final stage of 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League and then helped Toronto FC win its fourth-consecutive Amway Canadian Championship.
“Doneil should be proud of being recognized a Canadian U-20 Player of the Year,” said Nick Dasovic, Canada’s men’s U-20 coach. “I have seen him mature as a player and as a person on and off the field. His hard work, dedication and passion have been a driving force in helping him achieve this award. I wish him all the very best in achieving his ultimate dreams.”
On Friday 7 December, the Canadian Soccer Association announced Brendon McAdam as the first-ever Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year. Then on Sunday, the Association announced Marco Carducci and Ashley Lawrence as the 2012 Canadian U-17 Players of the Year.