Canada EXCEL camp a positive step on road to Papua New Guinea 2016


Canada’s next generation of women’s stars were gathered in Burnaby from 17-28 March 2015 for a Women’s National EXCEL Camp under the leadership of coach Danny Worthington. The camp, the second for this generation of players born 1996 or later, falls under the early preparations for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016.

The 12-day Canadian camp featured 24 players from Canada and USA. The camp featured both an intra-squad and exhibition match against a local club in Burnaby.

“It was a very positive camp,” said coach Worthington. “These players showed a very mature mindset to both on- and off-field growth. The learning environment created and instilled by the players and staff set the principle foundation for key individual/partnership connection outlined in our six-year National EXCEL curriculum.”

Through camps in December and March, 31 different players have been featured in the start of the biennial cycle, with the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship serving as the qualification tournament for Papua New Guinea 2016. To date, Canada has participated in six of seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

As part of Canada’s Women’s EXCEL Program, the Canada Soccer Women’s National EXCEL Program, presented by Bell, brings together the best with the best at the national level. Operating in six-year cycles across the U-14 to U-17 and U-18 to U-20 age groups, it is designed to deliver an aligned talent structure and system that progresses more top players to Canada’s Women’s National Team, more often.

GK- Rylee Foster | CAN / Woodbridge SC
GK- Patricia Koutoulas | CAN / Toronto Lady Lynx
GK- Lysianne Proulx | CAN / Roussillon
CB- Ally Haran | USA / Wake Forest University
CB- Easther Mayi Kith | CAN / Dynamo de Québec
CB- Olivia Sheppard | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
CB- Bianca St-Georges | CAN / Laser de Joliette
FB- Simmrin Dhaliwal | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite
FB- Victoria Pickett | CAN / Glen Shields FC
FB- Mika Richards | CAN / Brams United SC
FB- Marike Saint-Pierre Mousset | CAN / Delta de Laval
FB- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United SC
M- Vanessa Grégoire | USA / Princeton University
M- Chelsea Harkins | USA / Washington State University
M- Sarah Kinzner | CAN / Calgary Foothills SC
M- Martina Loncar | CAN / Brams United
M- Ashley Moreira | USA / University of Pittsburgh
M- Carla Portillo | USA / West Virginia University
M- Sarah Stratigakis | CAN / Unionville Milliken SC
F- Emily Borgmann | CAN / Burlington SC
F- Gabrielle Carle | CAN / AS Chaudière-Est
F- Alexandra Lamontagne-Maycock | USA / Syracuse University
F- Marie Levasseur | CAN / CS Haute St-Charles
F- Taylor Pryce | USA / University of Pittsburgh

Scott Harrigan
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