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ROSTER: Canada Soccer releases roster for women’s friendlies in Sweden and Germany

Posted on 29 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The two match series pits Canada’s Olympic Bronze Medalists against the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Silver and Gold Medalists, respectively. More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg and Toronto

Posted on 16 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg 8 June and Toronto 11 June More

Canada Soccer Celebrates Women’s Leadership and puts upcoming home matches on sale

Posted on 8 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer is celebrating International Women’s Day at home and abroad with activities and offerings aimed at promoting women’s soccer. More

Canada places second at Algarve Cup 2017

Posted on 8 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 0:1 Spain More

Algarve Cup 2017 Final Preview: Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team faces Spain

Posted on 7 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada v Spain at the Algarve Cup final More

Canada Soccer to face Spain in Algarve Cup 2017 Championship Final

Posted on 6 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 0:0 Portugal More

Canada Soccer defeats Russia 2-1 in second Algarve Cup 2017 group stage match

Posted on 3 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 2:1 Russia More

Canada Soccer defeats Denmark 1-0 in its first match of the 2017 Algarve Cup

Posted on 1 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 1:0 Denmark More

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team's Diana Matheson elects surgery

Posted on 28 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Statement from Diana Matheson More

Preview: Canada Soccer faces Denmark in opening match of the Algarve Cup 2017

Posted on 28 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The 2017 XXIV Algarve Women's Cup features 12 nations broken out into three groups, with Canada facing Denmark, Portugal and Russia More

Defending Champion Canada announce 2017 Algarve Cup roster

Posted on 21 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return to the Algarve Cup, Portugal to defend its 2016 title More

Canada Soccer announces April Women’s National Team match against Sweden

Posted on 9 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will play Sweden 6 April 2017 in Trelleborg, Sweden. More

Canada wins 3:2 against Mexico in emotional Bronze Medal Celebration Match

Posted on 5 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 3:2 Mexico More

Preview: Canada Soccer to Celebrate Bronze in Emotional Farewell Match

Posted on 2 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will celebrate back-to-back bronze medals at Saturday’s match against Mexico More

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Vancouver Camp Roster

Posted on 31 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Women’s National Team camp roster in advance of the two upcoming Women’s National Team international friendly matches against Mexico in Vancouver More

Canada Soccer Bronze Medal Celebration Match to be Broadcast LIVE on TSN2 and RDS2

Posted on 27 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

On TSN2 and RDS2 at 15:00 PT/ 18:00 ET. More

Women’s National Team Kick-off 2017 with Conditioning and Assessment Camp

Posted on 19 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The team will convene Friday, 20 January in Los Angeles for its first training camp of 2017. More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to play Olympic Champion Germany in April

Posted on 19 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Friendly match in Erfurt, Germany on 9 April 2017. More

Wilkinson, Tancredi, and Nault announce retirements

Posted on 13 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The three Canadian soccer stars will all be celebrated this 4 February 2017 at Canada Soccer's Bronze Medal Celebration Match in Vancouver. More

Christine Sinclair was heart of magical 2016 campaign

Posted on 26 December 2016 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Christine Sinclair scored winning goal at Rio 2016 More

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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team are heading to Europe to play tier one opponents Sweden 6 April 2017 in Trelleborg, Sweden, and Germany 9 April 2017 in Erfurt, Germany. The two match series pits Canada’s Olympic Bronze Medalists against the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Silver and Gold Medalists, respectively.

“These are two big matches, you don’t often get the opportunity to play both the Olympic Gold and Silver medalist in back-to-back matches,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “Both teams are favourites for the European Championships later this summer and we know they will be in prime condition and getting ready to peak for the competition. The matches are going to be tough, but this is what we are looking for to test our current group and to identify our gaps in the build up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019”.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team have recent history playing Germany, including two games at last summer’s Olympic Games, but it hasn’t played Sweden since a two-match series in 2014 in Los Angeles that resulted in a 1-0 win for Canada, followed by a 1-1 draw days later.

“Sweden are an excellent counter attacking side with a handful of truly world class players. At the Olympics, they showed they have the resolve to beat teams like Brazil and the USA, and with the European Championships just around the corner we know they will be very strong,” said Herdman. “Another result against Germany would be fantastic for our team, achieving our first-ever win against them at the Olympics was a real confidence builder, doing it again will be a huge step for this young team.”

Canada Soccer’s roster for the matches against Sweden and Germany includes 16 members of the 2016 Rio Olympic Bronze Medal Team, and six additions to the squad, most of whom played in Canada’s recent silver medal performance at the 2017 Algarve Cup. The young roster has an average age of 22.4 years old, and includes seven teenagers.

“We’ve made some changes to our roster since last year, adding some new players and saying goodbye to others, so this two-game series will be a real test of how our squad comes together against tier one competition,” said Herdman. “We’re confident this squad will be competitive against these two teams, but it’s a young team that’s still building the experience, game smarts and physicality required to be a genuine number one contender. We are starting to fill the experience void left by our retired veterans and will use these matches to keep providing our youth with opportunities."

Both Germany and Sweden recently rose in the FIFA rankings, with Germany overcoming the USA to take the coveted number one spot in women’s football. Sweden is tied for sixth with Japan, while Canada sits in the fifth-place position.

“We want to take this team to number one in the world,” said Herdman. “The only way we are going to be able to do that is to play these tough matches and continually learn from them. Canada Soccer has made incredible strides over the last five years, earning back-to-back podium finishes, and our goal continues to be reaching the number one spot.”

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team 2017 European Friendlies Roster


GK Stephanie Labbé, age 30, from Edmonton, AB/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
GK Sabrina D'Angelo, age 23, from Welland, ON/ North Carolina Courage (NWSL)
GK Kailen Sheridan, age 21, from Whitby, ON/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
FB Lindsay Agnew, age 21, from Kingston, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
FB Allysha Chapman, age 28, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
FB Ashley Lawrence, age 21, from Caledon, ON/ Paris St-Germain FC
FB Marie Levasseur, age 19, from Stoneham, QC/ University of Memphis (NCAA)
CB Hannah Taylor, age 17, from Edmonds, WA/ Eastside FC
CB Kadeisha Buchanan, age 21, from Brampton, ON/ FCF Olympique Lyonnais
CB Shelina Zadorsky, age 24, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
M Jessie Fleming, age 19, from London, ON/ UCLA (NCAA)
M Rebecca Quinn, age 21, from Toronto, ON/ Duke University (NCAA)
M Sophie Schmidt, age 28, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Bundesliga)
M Desiree Scott, age 29, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
M Gabrielle Carle, age 18, from Lévis, QC/ CS Lévis-Est & Québec Soccer REX
M Sarah Stratigakis, age 18, from Woodbridge, ON/ Aurora United FC (League1 Ontario)
F Jordyn Huitema, age 15, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX
F Nichelle Prince, age 22, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F Deanne Rose, age 18, from Alliston, ON/ Scarborough GS United
F Adriana Leon, age 24, from King City, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
F Janine Beckie, age 22, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F Christine Sinclair, age 33, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns FC (NWSL)

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg 8 June and Toronto 11 June. The matches will mark the first meetings between the two nations since Canada defeated Costa Rica in February 2016 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, securing Canada a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

“Getting to play in front of Canadian fans is really special, so we are obviously thrilled to be coming home for another June two-match series,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “We’ll be coming off away games against both Sweden and Germany, Olympic Silver and Gold medalists respectively, so we’re confident the team will be in good shape to produce a winning performance for both sets of fans.”

The matches against the second-ranked Germans and sixth-ranked Swedes marks the start of a new cycle for the Women’s National Team. Competition against the Gold and Silver medalists from the Rio 2016 games will set Canada toward a new goal, who reached number four in the world post-Olympics, to be the top nation in the FIFA rankings.

“We are thrilled that the Women’s National Team will get to play in front of hometown fans as they begin their quest to be the top ranked team in the world, culminating at the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Peter Montopoli, Canada Soccer General Secretary. “For many players, including Desiree Scott in Winnipeg, and several of our Toronto area players, there will be an added motivation to perform in front of hometown fans.”

Canada last played in Winnipeg in 2014 against the USA resulting in a 1:1 draw. Kadeisha Buchanan gave the 28,255 fans on hand something to cheer about as she opened the scoring in the first half, but the Americans tied the game with fifteen minutes to go to draw 1:1. At the time, the attendance in Winnipeg was the second highest for a Canadian ‘A’ level women’s international played in Canada.

Toronto fans last saw Canada in action against Brazil as part of the Road to Rio series in June 2016 as Canada prepared for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Canada fell to Brazil in that match 0:2 but came back and defeated them 1:0 in Ottawa three days later, and then 2:1 when it mattered most in the Bronze Medal Match of the Rio Olympic Games.

“We’re looking forward to coming back to Winnipeg and Toronto,” Herdman said. “For the Toronto crowd especially, we want to deliver for the fans, they always come out and support us but we’ve yet to deliver a win for them. Rest assured we’ll be doing everything we can in the preparation to make that happen.”

In celebration of International Women’s Day, individual tickets to the Canada v Costa Rica matches on will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, 8 March at 10:00 local time via Ticketmaster.ca. The launch of ticket sales will be preceded by a presale for Canada Soccer Insiders and past purchasers of Canadian National Team matches. Fans interested in receiving access to the presale offer for these matches are encouraged to subscribe to the #CanadaRED newsletter via canadasoccer.com

Ahead of the launch of the individual ticket sale phase, Groups of 10+ will have access to an exclusive advance window starting on Tuesday, 21 February and running through Friday, 3 March. All group orders received by 3 March will be processed ahead of the individual ticket sales phase. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets - for complete group ticket information and to place your order today visit the group ticket info pages (Winnipeg | Toronto). The group ticket program will continue to be offered during the individual ticket sales phase.

Complete ticket information can be found at CanadaSoccer.com/Tickets.

After making the final for the second time in as many tries, defending Champion Canada wasn’t able to convert on numerous chances and fell 0-1 to Spain in the Championship match of the Algarve Cup.

MATCH CENTER: CANADA 0:1 SPAIN
 
“Spain pressed well in the first half and disrupted our rhythm, but our goal in the first half was to catch them on the counterattack and exploit that high line and we had some good chances,” said Head Coach John Herdman.  “In the second half, we found our rhythm and established better control in the game, had a couple of good chances that should have gone in, and I have to think some of those players will be a bit disappointed with the opportunities lost.”

Canada clocked four crosses and shots on net in the first half, followed by 11 in the second, outshooting Spain by nine shots on net.

“I think Canada should have won the game on the chances that we had, but we haven’t been as clinical as we should be in this tournament,” said Herdman. “I can’t really fault our team on this one. Our girls gave one hell of an effort in the second half trying to pull it back, it’s just that some games are like that.  You can throw everything at it, but it won’t go in.  We’ll take away some learnings from these last two games, but at the same time it was a strong performance from Canada, and next year we’ll be back.”

Placing second, Canada leaves the Algarve Cup 2017 with a 2-1-1 record against four European teams preparing to compete in the UEFA Women’s Euro tournament later this year.

“The Algarve Cup is always a great tournament - one of the best in the world,” said Herdman at the closing press conference.   “It brings in a variety of teams, from Asia, Europe and the Americas, which gives it that little bit extra quality.  You get to play against different styles of play, and Spain was a good style for us to match up against tonight.  They were a really good opponent.  They’ve shown their quality throughout the tournament, and are peaking to be ready for the Euros, so they look a good prospect for that tournament.”

The 2017 XXIV Algarve Women's Cup featured 12 nations broken out into three groups.  Canada faced Denmark, Portugal and Russia in Group 1.  Group 2 consisted of Iceland, Japan, Norway and Spain; while Group 3 consisted of Australia, China PR, Netherlands and Sweden.

Canada next plays in Sweden on 6 April and in Germany 8 April, before coming home for a two game series against Costa Rica on 8 June in Winnipeg and 11 June in Toronto.  Tickets are now on sale for both home matches.

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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team
 
Canada recently made history with back-to-back podium finishes at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games. At the last three major women's tournaments, Canada finished third at the London 2012 Women's Olympic Football Tournament, sixth at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, and third at the Rio 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team are the first Canadian team to win back-to-back Summer Olympic medals since 1908, and the first-ever women’s Canadian team. 

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Home Matches
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg on 8 June and in Toronto on 11 June. The matches will mark the first meetings between the two nations since Canada defeated Costa Rica in February 2016 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, securing Canada a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Canada last played in Winnipeg in 2014 against the USA resulting in a 1:1 draw. Kadeisha Buchanan gave the 28,255 fans on hand something to cheer about as she opened the scoring in the first half, but the Americans tied the game with fifteen minutes to go to draw 1:1. At the time, the attendance in Winnipeg was the second highest for a Canadian ‘A’ level women’s international played in Canada.

Toronto fans last saw Canada in action against Brazil as part of the Road to Rio series in June 2016 as Canada prepared for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Canada fell to Brazil in that match 0:2 but came back and defeated them 1:0 in Ottawa three days later, and then 2:1 when it mattered most in the Bronze Medal Match of the Rio Olympic Games.

Individual Tickets On Sale
Individual tickets to the Canada v Costa Rica matches will go on sale 8 March 2017 via Ticketmaster.ca and by phone at 1.855.985.5000 (Buy Winnipeg | Buy Toronto). Fans will be able to take advantage of a special ‘Me+3’ offer in select sections for both matches, by purchasing three tickets in the eligible price category, fans will receive the fourth free. Groups of 10 or more are eligible to receive up to 30% off regularly priced tickets. Canadian Supporters have been allocated a number of dedicated sections at both matches, fans wishing to sit in the Canadian supporter sections are encouraged to visit the Voyageurs website for more information and to purchase tickets through thevoyageurs.org. For complete ticket information and to place group ticket requests, visit the event information pages (Winnipeg | Toronto).

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