Algarve Cup Roster Released

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team will begin what promises to be an eventful year by competing at the prestigious Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 1-7, 2002. The CSA also confirmed the Canadians will face Olympic Gold Medallists Norway at Centennial Stadium in Toronto on July 17 in an international friendly.

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team will begin what promises to be an eventful year by competing at the prestigious Algarve Cup in Portugal from March 1-7, 2002. The CSA also confirmed the Canadians will face Olympic Gold Medallists Norway at Centennial Stadium in Toronto on July 17 in an international friendly.



This will be the third consecutive year Canada has competed in the annual tournament, which for the first time has expanded to 12 teams and three groups. The Canadians, who have become a regular fixture at the annual tournament held in the picturesque Algarve region of Portugal, have been grouped with newcomers Scotland and Wales and hosts Portugal in Group C.



At this year’s tournament, the 12 teams will be split into three groups of four, with first-round play consisting of round-robin matches within the group. The teams in Group A and B will compete for the title as those group winners will play in the championship game. The two second-place group finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers will play for fifth. The Group C teams will be competing for a chance to play for spots 7-12 as the winner of Group C will play the fourth place team in Group A, the second place team in Group C will play the fourth place team in Group B and the third and fourth place finishers in Group C will play each other again.



Canadian head coach Even Pellerud has always valued the Algarve Cup and this year’s tournament promises to be one of the most competitive in years. The Canadians were originally slated to compete in Group A but in an effort to avoid Portugal and England facing each other (considering they will face each other in World Cup qualifying), Pellerud agreed to move to Group C. As a result, Pellerud will not select his WUSA based players and will bring eight members of Canada’s Under-19 squad.



“With the number of games scheduled for 2002, this year’s tournament will give me an opportunity to see how younger players perform in a top-level competition, ” said Pellerud. “Our under-19 players will benefit from the experience as they prepare for the FIFA Under-19 World Championships in August in Canada.”



This year will be an important one for Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team as it attempts to qualify for the 2003 Women’s World Cup in China. Following the Algarve Cup, Canada will play a number of friendlies in Europe this spring before returning to Canada where they will face Norway at Toronto’s Centennial Stadium on July 17. The team will travel to Australia in August for the Pacific Cup and will then compete for one of three CONCACAF berths at the World Cup during the 2002 Women’s Gold Cup, to be held in October or November.



Canadian Women’s World Cup Team Roster For 2002 Algarve Cup



1tNicole WrightttGKt12.08.72ttVancouver Breakers

2tPatricia BourcierttMFt15.08.79ttUniversite de Laval

3tNoel TrepanierttDFt30.11.74ttOttawa Fury

4tCindy TyettMFt26.08.72ttScotia Olympics

5tAndrea NeilttMFt26.10.71ttVancouver Breakers

6tSasha AndrewsttDFt14.02.83ttSouthern Methodist University

7tIsabelle MorneauttDFt04.04.76ttUnattached

8tChristine SinclairttFt12.06.83ttPortland University

9tCandace ChapmantMFt02.04.83ttUniversity of Notre Dame

10tMelanie BoothttDFt24.08.84ttBurlington Flames

11tRandee HermusttMFt14.11.79ttVancouver Breakers

12tClare RustadttMFt27.04.83ttVancouver Breakers

13tAmy WalshttMFt13.09.77ttUnattached

14tHeather SmithttDFt26.07.83ttUniversity of British Columbia

15tKara LangttDFt22.10.86ttOakville

16tWanda RozwadowskatMFt14.01.81ttVancouver Breakers

17tAmber AllenttFt25.10.75ttVancouver Breakers

18tKristina KissttMFt13.02.81ttOttawa Fury

19tErin McLeodttGKt26.02.83ttSouthern Methodist University

22tTaryn SwiatekttGKt04.02.81ttOttawa Fury



Staff

Andy SharpettHead of Delegation

Even PellerudttHead Coach

Ian BridgettAssistant Coach

Lewis PagettObserver

Sophie DroletttObserver

Jerry KnutssonttGoalkeeper Coach and Equipment Manager

Erin PerryttAthletic Therapist

Cathy CampbellttTeam Doctor

Cathy AyoubttTeam Manager





9th Algarve Cup Tournament Schedule – 2002

Fri., March 1

Denmark vs. Germany tA

China vs. Finland tA

USA vs. Sweden tB

Norway vs. England tB

Portugal vs. Wales tC

Scotland vs. Canada tC



Sun., March 3

Finland vs. Denmark tA

Germany vs. China tA

Sweden vs. Norway tB

USA vs. England tB

Scotland vs. Portugal tC

Canada vs. Wales tC



Tues., March 5

Denmark vs. China tA

Finland vs. Germany tA

England vs. Sweden tB

USA vs. Norway tB

Portugal vs. Canada tC

Wales vs. Scotland tC



Thurs., March 7

Placement Games

3rd Group C vs. 4th Group C t11th Place Match

4th Group B vs. 2nd Group C t9th Place Match

4th Group A vs. 1st Group C t7th Place Match

3rd Group A vs. 3rd Group B t5th Place Match

2nd Group A vs. 2nd Group B t3rd Place Match

1st Group A vs. 1st Group BtChampionship Match

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