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Canada Soccer's Women’s National Team to take on Norway 28 November in Marbella, Spain

Posted on 20 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team will play its final match of 2017 against Norway More

Canada sends signal to the world in US series playing six teens against world’s top team

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

Canada 1:3 USA More

Canada draw the USA 1-1 in its first of two international friendlies between the North American rivals

Posted on 10 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 1:1 USA More

Canada v USA Fan Advisory

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

Ahead of Thursday’s highly anticipated Canada v USA match at BC Place, we wanted to share some important information to help make your event experience as memorable as possible.BE PART OF A ‘SEA OF RED’ Canada’s Women’s National Team is calling on all fans to show their More

Packed house set for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team derby with USA

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

Expectations are high that the fiercest rivalry in women’s sports will once again be on display before a sea of Canadian fans More

Canada Soccer’s John Herdman awarded Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award

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

The Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award is presented to a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) for their outstanding contributions More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team unleashes young guns for derby with USA

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

Fans will get the opportunity to see the future of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team More

Canada Soccer honours three retired 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalists during Canada v USA match

Posted on 30 October 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Brittany Timko Baxter, Chelsea Stewart and Kelly Parker will be recognized in a ceremony at half time at centre pitch. More

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November

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

Canada v USA tickets on sale NOW More

San Jose named as location for 12 November Canada Soccer Women’s National Team v USA match

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

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will travel to San Jose for the second match of the two-game home-and-away series against rivals USA More

Christine Sinclair recognised with Order of Canada

Posted on 30 June 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer congratulates Christine Sinclair on announcement of her appointment to the Order of Canada More

Fiercest rivalry in women's sport: Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to face USA in Vancouver in November

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

It will be a clash between arch rivals when Canada hosts USA at BC Place More

Canada puts on a tremendous show for Toronto fans in 6:0 win

Posted on 11 June 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 6:0 Costa Rica More

Canada plays big in front of raucous home crowd with 3:1 win in Winnipeg

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

Canada 3:1 Costa Rica More

Canada Soccer to honour five retiring Women’s National team players & Hall of Fame inductee at match in Toronto

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

Fans will get a chance to salute five Olympic bronze medal winners at the upcoming Women’s National Team international match in Toronto this Sunday 11 June. The special celebration will honour five players who have all taken their bow from the international game: Rio 2016 star Josée B&e More

Preview: Canada Soccer Women’s National Team take on Costa Rica 8 June in Winnipeg

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

Canada v Costa Rica on 8 June More

ROSTER: Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Costa Rica series 8 June in Winnipeg & 11 June in Toronto

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

Canada Soccer has released the Women’s National Team roster ahead of two matches against Costa Rica on 8 June in Winnipeg and 11 June in Toronto More

Canada Soccer honours recent Women’s National Team retirees Josée Bélanger and Kaylyn Kyle

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

Both players will be honoured, at the upcoming Canada Soccer Women’s National Team home match against Costa Rica on 11 June in Toronto More

Canada Soccer invites 13 players into Women’s National Team EXCELeration camp

Posted on 26 May 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s EXCELeration programme provides opportunities for a small group of targeted players to receive individualized training and development More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team knocking on the door of the world’s top teams

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

Canada 1:2 Germany More

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Canada Soccer's Women’s National Team will play its final match of 2017 against Norway on 28 November in Marbella, Spain. 
 
The roster for the international friendly against Norway includes a number of players who were not available for the recent US series due to European club commitments, including Kadeisha Buchanan, Sophie Schmidt, Erin McLeod, and Ashley Lawrence, who did play in the first of the two US matches earlier this month.
 
“We’ll be bringing in all our top players from the European leagues as well as the NWSL, so it will be a strong squad for the match, but still not the final group as we have three key players who are doubtful due to competition in the NCAA championships,” said Head Coach John Herdman.  “Norway are a top European team.  This match is about ensuring those players who have not played together for six months, like Buchanan and Schmidt, get game time under their belt before we head into 2018 and the CONCACAF FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.”
 
Canada Soccer Women’s National Team long-time goalkeeper Erin McLeod has returned to the roster after recovering from an ACL injury picked up in 2016.
 
“This has been a real journey for Erin.  She did a great job for the team in qualifying us for the 2016 Rio Olympics and we were all heartbroken when she couldn’t make the trip with us to Rio, but we told her it was important for her to take her time and not to force anything and that we would slowly bring her back at the right time, and I think now is the right time,” said Herdman.
 
Herdman has also added two new faces to Canada’s roster with the inclusion of Jenna Hellstrom and Amelia Pietrangelo.
 
“Jenna Hellstrom came on to our radar earlier this year.  We’ve always said that players who play in the top teams in Europe would be scouted and Jenna has showed well for Rosengård when she’s played this season and she’ll get a good assessment at this camp in Spain,” Herdman said.
 
Pietrangelo, who was a member of Canada’s gold medal winning squad for the 2011 Pan American Games, has also emerged out of European leagues.
 
“I have fond memories of working with Amelia in 2011.  We called her in to cover an injury and she landed an hour before our second group stage match against Argentina and she had been on the pitch for ten minutes and scored,” recalled Herdman.  “At the time she was very young, and we asked her to let her career tell her story and now she’s playing in the Bundesliga and has played every game this season for USV Jena.  When players have that consistency in top leagues we are going to be looking at them.”
 
Heading into Canada’s last camp of the year, Herdman is looking to bring together much of the core team for a difficult test against a strong European opponent.  
 
“I think Norway are genuinely one of Europe’s elite, so we are expecting to come up against a well organised, physical team, who are adopting a different style of play that is more possession based as opposed to direct and counter-attacking, so it will be a real tough match and exactly what we want to close the year out,” said Herdman.  “We’ve had to manage conflicting league schedules this year, so getting this team together at the right time and really focusing on our goal of breaking through to that No. 1 spot is critical. The players know that our team spirit and chemistry is one of our X factors so we’ll be working towards prioritizing time together throughout 2018.”
 
Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Roster for Norway International Friendly (Marbella, Spain)
Head Coach John Herdman
GK Stephanie Labbe, age 31, from Stony Plain, AB/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
GK Erin McLeod, age 34, from St. Albert, AB/ FC Rosengård (Damallsvenskan)
FB Lindsay Agnew, age 22, from Kingston, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
FB Allysha Chapman, age 28, from Courtice, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
FB Ashley Lawrence, age 22, from Caledon, ON/Paris Saint German (Division 1 Féminine France)
FB Shannon Woeller, age 27, from Vancouver, BC/ FF USV Jena (Frauen-Bundesliga)
CB Shelina Zadorsky, age 25, from London, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
CB Kadeisha Buchanan, age 21, from Brampton, ON/ Olympique Lyonnais (Division 1 Féminine France)
M/FB Maegan Kelly, age 25, from Kansas City, MO & Toronto, ON/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
M Desiree Scott, age 30, from Winnipeg, MB/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
M Sophie Schmidt, age 29,  from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Frauen-Bundesliga)
F Christine Sinclair, age 34, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns (NWSL)
F Janine Beckie, age 23, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F Adriana Leon, age 25, from King City, ON/ Boston Breakers (NWSL)
F Nichelle Prince, age 22, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F Jordyn Huitema, age 16, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer
Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
F Jenna Hellstrom,  age 22, from Sudbury, ON/ FC Rosengård (Damallsvenskan)
F Amelia Pietrangelo, age 24, from Laval, QC/ FF USV Jena (Frauen-Bundesliga)
 
Pending availability due to NCAA action:
 
M/CB Rebecca Quinn, age 22, from Toronto, ON/ Duke University (NCAA)
F Deanne Rose, age 18, from Alliston, ON/ University of Florida Gators (NCAA)
M Jessie Fleming, age 19, from London, ON/UCLA (NCAA)

Coming only three days after the heart-thumping 1-1 draw in front of 28,017 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team put on another strong performance against USA, despite falling 3-1 in front of 18,960 fans at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.

Janine Beckie scored her Canada-best seventh goal of the international season early in the second half while Julie Ertz (first half), Alex Morgan, and Carli Lloyd (second half) countered for the hosts USA.

MATCH CENTRE & PHOTOS : CANADA v USA

“We sent a message about our intent to get to number one through our actions in the first match of the series and the goal for this second match was to attain consistency,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “These women put in a shift tonight and I can’t say enough how proud of each and every one of them we are. We’ll take away some lessons from tonight and from the match in Vancouver, but I can honestly say we feel pretty good about what we’ve accomplished against this US team and there are no hung heads coming out of this camp.”

Canada started teenagers Jessie Fleming and Deanne Rose then added Jordyn Huitema, Ariel Young, Jayde Riviere, and Julia Grosso in the second half. In Huitema, Young, and Riviere, it marked the first time Canada fielded three 16-year old players against the world’s number one team.

Young, Riviere, and Grosso were all making their international debuts.



GOALS:
Julie Ertz opened the scoring with a header on a Megan Rapinoe corner kick. Ertz connected at the near post to give USA the 1-0 lead.

Christine Sinclair set the play for the equaliser with a ball down the right side. Nichelle Prince on the run beat a pair of Americans to the ball and centered to Janine Beckie at the top of the box for the 1-1 goal. Beckie made no mistake with her right-footed shot to beat Alyssa Naeher.

Alex Morgan gave USA the 2-1 lead from inside the box. Lindsey Horan and Christen Press caused the turnover before Press fired it forward past Rapinoe to the awaiting Morgan.

Carli Lloyd made it 3-1 from inside the six-yard box. This time, it was a Megan Rapinoe cross that was headed by Morgan before Lloyd tapped it in from close range.

Rapinoe nearly made it 4-1, but Stephanie Labbé made a key save to keep the ball out. The ball hit the post, but Labbé was quick to recover and smother the ball.

Canada’s record in 2017 sits at six wins, two draws, and three losses. Canada will close out the 2017 season with an international friendly against 14th ranked Norway in Marbella, Spain on 28 November.

In a match that proved Canada’s goal to reach #1 in the world is not only possible, but attainable, the Canadian side put sustained pressure on the USA and forced their opponent to play Canada’s game.

Canada opened the match on the attack, sending Janine Beckie, Deanne Rose and Christine Sinclair into the US box on numerous occasions before the 15 minute mark. Canada got into goal scoring position several times before the USA opened scoring in the 30th minute. Casey Short headed a clearance back into danger that was collected by Alex Morgan and her right footed volley deflected off Rebecca Quinn on its way into the bottom corner of the Canadian goal.

With a strong CanadaRED crowd behind them, Canada tied up the game in the 57th minute, after sustaining its pressure coming back from the halftime break. Beckie started the play with a long range right footed strike that called out the best from Alyssa Naeher who two handed it over the bar for a corner. Off Beckie’s corner, Quinn headed it toward goal and Naeher punched it back out before Quinn collected the ball and shot it again, this time off the bar. The ball came to Sinclair, and with her back facing the goal, she kicked it over head toward net, where Adriana Leon touched it in to level the match.

MATCH CENTRE & PHOTOS : CANADA v USA

"We look at our roster and we have veteran players and a handful of teenagers. It is a great mixture with some world-class players,” said Captain Christine Sinclair. “During half time we said that we could score. Adriana Leon is one of those players that is never going to give up and never going to quit. You saw that tonight, she was a sparkplug."

Canada’s sustained pressure was the defining quality of the match, with an aggressive attack that didn’t seem to ebb as the match went on.

“The crowd was great, everyone was on their feet. The only thing that’s bruising is to not come off with a win tonight,” said Head Coach John Herdman after the match. "There’s an exciting future for Canada here. We have had extensive training leading up to this game, we know what the USA can do and it was nice to see the preparations worked. I am really proud of every player on the field.”

"We played well and had a dominant performance. We were unfortunate to come out with a draw,” added Adriana Leon. “We need to work on attacking cross. We put in some good balls but fell short. I thought we could have scored more goals."

The draw in front of a capacity crowd of 28,017 at BC Place was the largest for an international friendly played in British Columbia, ninth largest Canada Soccer Women’s National Team home match in it’s history, and the fourth largest for a Canada v USA match all time.

Canada will travel to San Jose, California for the second leg of the home and away series for the 12 November match at Avaya Stadium.

Canada will close out the 2017 season with an international friendly against 14th ranked Norway in Marbella, Spain on 27 November.
 

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