Canada w20 wins in Italy
Posted on 14 July 2012 in Women's U-20 Team
Midway through their July 2012 European camp, Canada won 3:0 over Italy in a Women's U-20 International Friendly match in Gravellona, Italy. Jenna Richardson scored a pair of goals before Christine Exeter added Canada's third goal in the away victory.
"It has been a really good camp so far," said Canadian U-20 coach Andrew Olivieri. "We made good progress in Montréal, but now we have increased our intensity up a level here in Europe. I couldn't be more satisfied so far."
Canada's women's U-20 camp runs 9-21 July in Europe, with matches against Italy (the 3:0 win on 14 July) and Switzerland (in Buochs, Switzerland on 20 July). With 20 players in camp, coach Olivieri managed to feature 17 different players in the match against Italy. Goal scorer Richardson was selected player of the match.
Canada will participate in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup from 19 August to 8 September 2012. Sixteen teams will participate in the summer tournament, with Canada set to face Argentina, Norway and Korea DPR in the group phase. Canada's three group matches are 20 August against Argentina in Kobe, 23 August against Norway in Kobe, and 27 August against Korea DPR in Saitama.
Earlier this year, Canada qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012 with a silver-medal performance at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship. This year marks Canada's fifth participation in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, with its best performance a silver-medal finish at Canada 2002. In two years time, Canada will host the next FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in 2014.
For full coverage of Canada's road to the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Japan 2012, fans can follow all the news at CanadaSoccer.com. Fans are also encouraged to connect with Canada's national teams via twitter.com/CanadaSoccerEN, facebook.com/CanadaSoccer, flickr.com/canadasoccer, and youtube.com/canadasoccertv.