Canada Soccer has released the 19 player Canada’s Women’s National Team roster for the upcoming camp from April 4-12 and international friendly against the Netherlands on April 10th in Eindhoven.
Canada is continuing its preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics after qualifying in February with a second place finish at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. The squad went on to win the Algarve Cup weeks later with a 2-1 win over Olympic hosts Brazil in the final.
All of the 19 players Head Coach John Herdman has called into camp were on the squad that recently put Canada atop the podium at the Algarve Cup for the first time in Canada’s history. With the exception of a goalkeeper change, Sabrina D’Angelo has replaced Erin McLeod, every player called into the Netherlands camp was part of the Olympic qualification squad. McLeod sustained an ACL injury with her club team and is still assessing her options as the team travels to the Netherlands.
The Netherlands match in April will be Canada’s last international piece before it returns to play on home soil against Brazil in a Canada Soccer Road to Rio series with matches taking place in Toronto June 4th and Ottawa June 7th.
“The Netherlands are a strong team and have made significant progress since the FIFA Women’s World Cup, rising through the rankings with wins over both France and Japan,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “Playing in-form teams that present tough tactical challenges is an integral part of the process to get our players ready to defend our podium spot. We expect the match against the Netherlands will be very difficult, but our team has developed momentum this year and will be up for the challenge. Playing the Olympic hosts Brazil at home will be our most important test. We’ve built a fierce rivalry in recent years so it will be great for our Canadian fans to see the sort of intensity these games are played at.”
The Rio Olympic Football Tournament 2016 draw will be held at Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro on 14 April 2016. The 12 qualified women’s teams will be drawn into three groups. The teams qualified are: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, China PR, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Colombia, and host country Brazil.
Canada Soccer Netherlands international friendly roster
GK – Stephanie Labbé, age 29, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
GK – Sabrina D’Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ Western New York Flash (NWSL)
D – Kadeisha Buchanan, age 20, from Brampton, ON /West Virginia University (NCAA)
D – Rebecca Quinn, age 20, from Toronto, ON / Duke University (NCAA)
D – Shelina Zadorsky, age 23, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
D – Josée Bélanger, age 29, from Coaticook, QC./ Orlando Pride (NWSL)
D – Allysha Chapman, age 27, from Courtice, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
D – Rhian Wilkinson, age 33, from Baie-d’Urfé, QC/Unattached
M – Jessie Fleming, age 18, from London, ON/ London NorWest Optimist SC
M – Ashley Lawrence, age 20, from Caledon, ON/ West Virginia University (NCAA)
M – Diana Matheson, age 31, from Oakville, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
M – Deanne Rose, age 17, from Alliston, ON/ Scarborough GS United
M – Sophie Schmidt, age 27, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Frauen-Bundesliga)
M – Desiree Scott, age 28, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
F – Janine Beckie, age 21, from Highlands Ranch, CO./Houston Dash (NWSL)
F – Gabrielle Carle, age 17, from Lévis, QC/ Dynamo Québec
F – Nichelle Prince, age 21, from Ajax, ON/ The Ohio State University (NCAA)
F – Christine Sinclair, age 32, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)
F – Melissa Tancredi, age 34, from Ancaster, ON/ KIF Örebro (Damallsvenskan)
- All of the 19 players Head Coach John Herdman has called into camp were on the squad that recently put Canada atop the podium at the Algarve Cup for the first time in Canada’s history.
- Canada captain Christine Sinclair is Canada’s most capped international player (240), all-time Canadian top goal scorer and second in the world for international goals. Sinclair recently surpassed Mia Hamm for second all-time in international goals while at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification Championship in Texas. With 161 international goals, she is only 23 goals behind all-time leader Abby Wambach with 184 (USA/retired).
- All four of the active top ten Canadian women’s goal scorers will be present, including Sinclair (161), Melissa Tancredi (25), Matheson (17) and Schmidt (16).
- The average age of the roster is 24.7 years old.
- Deanne Rose is the youngest player on the team at 17 years old. Rose recently scored her first Canadian Women’s National Team goal at the Olympic qualifier.
- Diana Matheson will celebrate her 32nd birthday during the camp in Eindhoven.
- WNT appearances: Sinclair (240), Matheson (180), Wilkinson (174), Tancredi (115), Schmidt (146), Scott (107), Buchanan (53), Bélanger (47), Lawrence (35), Chapman (29), Labbé (27), Fleming (26), Quinn (19), Beckie (15), Prince (13), Zadorsky (12), Rose (9), Carle (6), D’Angelo (2).
- WNT goals: Sinclair (161), Tancredi (25), Matheson (17), Schmidt (16), Wilkinson (7), Bélanger (7), Beckie (7), Prince (6), Lawrence (4), Buchanan (3), Quinn (3), Rose (3), Fleming (2), Chapman (1), Zadorsky (1), Carle (1), Scott (0). Collectively, this squad has scored 264 goals for Canada’s Women’s National Team.
- Goalkeeper clean sheets: Labbé (13), D’Angelo (1).
- Canada has played the Netherlands 11 times with a record of 8-3-0. The most recent meeting was a 1-1 tie in the group stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ in Montreal.
- The Netherlands narrowly missed out on qualification for Rio 2016 after tying Sweden in the final match of the four team 2016 UEFA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in the Netherlands. Sweden would qualify with 7 (2-0-1) points over the Netherlands 4 (1-1-1). Switzerland and Norway were third and fourth, respectively.