A monumental year for women’s soccer in Canada gets underway with a tournament in China as Canada’s Women’s National Team will get some early tournament action against Korea Republic, Mexico, China PR.
For the tournament, Head Coach John Herdman has called in 23 players as the FIFA Women’s World Cup squad starts to take shape but still with time in hand for players to further strengthen their cases for inclusion at this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
“The team is starting to form as we get closer to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. We’ve been able to get access to our young players who have been pretty much locked in the NCAA system for the past three or four months,” said Herdman. “But we’ve added those players to the squad and the Centralized Development Program (CDP) group to evaluate them and their readiness.”
The team opens competition on Sunday 11 January against Korea Republic before their second game against CONCACAF rivals Mexico on Tuesday 13 January.
But it’s the final game against China PR (15 January) that will perhaps be the most interesting as both teams will play in Group A at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June in Edmonton, AB.
“We’ve been thinking about this for the last few weeks in how to approach that particular fixture and we’ve got some ideas on either going to try and go for a confidence booster or try to keep our cards up our sleeve,” said Herdman. “We may try to go for a balance of those when choosing our lineup and the tactics we use.”
All three games will take place at the Shenzhen Stadium in Shenzhen, CHN.
Full reports will be posted to canadasoccer.com following each matches.
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
GK- Stephanie Labbe | SWE / KIF Örebro
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Allysha Chapman | SWE / Eskilstuna United DFF
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro
D- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Duke University
D- Rhian Wilkinson | CAN / Comètes de Laval
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest United
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Houston Dash
M- Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia University
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County
F- Janine Beckie | USA / Texas Tech University
F- Josee Bélanger | CAN / Comètes de Laval
F- Nkem Ezurike | USA / Boston Breakers
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns
F- Melissa Tancredi | USA / Chicago Red Stars