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Canada w20 making progress at Costa Rica camp

Posted on 18 February 2012 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-18 to U-20

Canada's U-20 coach Andrew Olivieri is pleased with the progress his team has made after just four days together in San José, Costa Rica. The team is currently preparing for the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship, which runs 1-11 March in Ciudad Panama, Panama. The Canadian team will have 15 days together before leaving for Panama on 27 February.

As part of the preparations, the Canadian U-20 team faced an older Costa Rica "A" side on Saturday 18 February at the Piedades de Santa Ana. All 11 of Costa Rica's Saturday starters recently featured in the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver. Saudy Rosales, Raquel Rodríguez (two) and Wendy Acosta scored for Costa Rica before Catherine Charron-Delage countered for Canada in the dying minutes.

"We could have liked the result to be better, but the performance was good," said Olivieri of the Canadian team's first match together. "It is very good to see the progress our players have made in just four days."

Coach Olivieri made sure that all 22 Canadian players featured in the exhibition match. By 27 February, Olivieri will have to trim his roster down to 20 players for the trip to Panama. Before that departure, Canada will also face club side Arenal Coronado during its stay in Costa Rica.

"We are seeing this team start to build an identity," said Olivieri. "The players are buying into our new program. They are buying into a new culture - not just on the field, but also off the field. They are buying into everything of which we ask them."

Canada opens the eight-team CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship on 1 March against Haiti. Canada then faces Jamaica on 3 March and Mexico on 5 March. All matches will be played at the Estadio Rommel Fernández. Matches will also be televised live online via CONCACAF TV.

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