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Canada announces WNT roster for January clash with USA

Posted on 25 January 2014 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada’s Women’s National Team has decided to start 2014 with a massive challenge as they head to Frisco, Texas, USA to take on heated rivals USA for their first game of the new year on 31 January.

For that challenge, Canadian Head Coach John Herdman has opted to bring a very experienced squad into northwest Texas and Toyota Stadium, the home of FC Dallas of Major League Soccer.

“The objective is to see if we can get a result. It’s always the same end whether we can put that performance together that can upset the world number one,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “We’ve got a few new faces back and you’ve got the young players in with Kadeisha Buchanan and Sura Yekka and we’ll have another crack at doing what not too many teams can do.”

Much of the squad that took part in December’s Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino in Brazil is back with only a handful of changes.

The team has added a few players to the forward position with Josée Belanger and Jonelle Filigno hoping to add some punch to the Canadian attack. Filigno, a recent graduate of New Jersey’s Rutgers University, was recently allocated to the NWSL’s Sky Blue FC.

Belanger, meanwhile, will be looking to make her first appearance in a Canada jersey since 2010 when she played all 90 minutes in a 2:2 draw against Brazil in Sao Paolo, BRA. There was a possibility that she would play in Vancouver in November when Canada played to a scoreless draw against Mexico at BC Place Stadium but she was rested as a precaution so as not to rush her return.

“Both players are returning back from lengthy times out so we’ve just got to hope that the players are ready for that sort of intensity,” Herdman said. “Because when you play the USA everyone knows it’s a different type of game: fast, physical, and another level to what you experience in your own training session.”

The team arrives into Texas on 26 January in advance of the game that kicks of at 21.00 ET / 18.00 PT (31 January).

The game will be carried live on Sportsnet World and will be replayed later on Sportsnet One.

CANADA
GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
D- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / Houston Dash
D- Rhian Wilkinson | Unattached / sans club
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Boston Breakers
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | USA / FC Kansas City
M- Brittany Baxter | unattached
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Josee Belanger | Unattached / sans club
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC

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