Canada won 3:0 over Mexico in their Send-Off match before the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ at BMO Field in Toronto with goals by Jessie Fleming, Christine Sinclair and Adriana Leon. It was Canada’s third win in a row and seventh match undefeated ahead of what will be Canada’s seventh consecutive appearance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™.
The Saturday 18 May match was played in front of a boisterous crowd of 19,610 at BMO Field in Toronto. Following the match, Canada head to Spain for their final pre-tournament preparations before the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Canada will open on 10 June against Cameroon in Montpellier with all matches to be televised on TSN.
“A big thank you to the fans because they gave us exactly what we needed,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach and Women’s National EXCEL Director. “That was a good performance. I think we showed the fans some great football. Hopefully that was something we gave to the crowd because they gave us a big roar back. It was exactly what we needed and wanted.”
Captain Sinclair, with a goal and an assist, is now just four goals back of the all-time international goal-scoring record. She has four goals in seven international matches this year. While Sinclair scored her 181st career goal, Fleming scored her eighth career goal and Leon scored her 15th career goal. Stephanie Labbé, who has four clean sheets in four matches this year, posted her 28th career clean sheet.
CANADA AT THE FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FRANCE 2019™
Following Canada’s 10 June opener against Cameroon, Canada will face New Zealand on 15 June in Grenoble and Netherlands on 20 June in Reims. Beyond the group phase, two or three nations from Canada’s group will advance to the Round of 16 with those initial knock-out matches to be played from 23-25 June. Beyond the Round of 16, the Quarter-finals are 27-29 June, the Semi-finals are 2-3 July, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ Final in 7 July.