Canada W20 set to compete with best in the world

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Canada’s Women’s U-20 Team looks set to compete with the best in the world after two spirited friendlies with Korea Republic that were part of the team’s latest camp in Burnaby, BC, 31 May to 10 June.

As they continue to prepare for this summer’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014, Head Coach Andrew Olivieri’s team took on Asian U-19 champions Korea Republic in a pair of friendlies in Vancouver.

On Saturday 7 June, defender Kadeisha Buchanan and midfielder Ashley Campbell had the goals as Canada took the lead twice but each time were pegged back in a game that ended in a 2:2 draw.

Three days later, the teams were right back at it and for the second straight game, Canada jumped in front. This time it was Nichelle Prince scoring in the 20th minute but the Koreans responded just four minutes later.

The teams remained in a stalemate until the 79th minute when Korea scored again to come away with a 2:1 victory.

Canada still has just under two months to continue preparations. The team will head south in July for a pair of friendlies with CONCACAF rivals Mexico before finally being in the home stretch for their FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup opener on 5 August against Ghana at BMO Field in Toronto.

They’ll stay in Toronto for their second game of the competition on 8 August against Finland before moving onto Montreal for their third game of Group A action against Korea DPR on 12 August at the Olympic Stadium.

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