Canada qualifies for Guadalajara semis

With its second win in a row, Canada qualified for the semi-final stage of the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 Women’s Football Tournament. In the 20 October victory, striker Christina Julien scored the lone goal against Argentina at the Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara, Mexico. Canada also won two days earlier, a 3:1 victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday.

For more information on the Canada-Argentina match, please read the 20 October 2011 match report.



With its second win in a row, Canada qualified for the semi-final stage of the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 Women’s Football Tournament. In the 20 October victory, striker Christina Julien scored the lone goal against Argentina at the Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara, Mexico. Canada also won two days earlier, a 3:1 victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday.



“We wanted to qualify for the next round,” said John Herdman. “It is job done, mission accomplished. We can now sit back and see how the other pool plays out.”



Canada’s next and final group match is Saturday 22 October at 20.00 local (21.00 ET / 18.00 PT). Brazil also qualified for the semi-final stage on Thursday, so the Canada-Brazil match will determine a group winner. Both teams are dead even with six points, a +3 goal differential, and four goals scored.



In Group A, Colombia leads the way with six points following a 1:0 victory over Chile. Colombia has not only qualified for the semi-final stage, but has in fact secured first place in its group (which means it will face the loser of the Canada-Brazil group match).



Also on Thursday, Mexico drew 1:1 with Trinidad and Tobago. Mexico holds second place in Group A with two points, Trinidad and Tobago is in third place with one point (-1 goal differential, one goal scored), and Chile is in fourth place also with one point (-1 goal differential, no goals scored).



Canada’s overall record this 2011 season is 12 wins, two draws and six losses. In the 20 October victory, Julien scored her fourth goal of the season.



Canada is the defending bronze medal winner from the last Pan American Games Women’s Football Tournament in 2007. Canada is currently preparing for January’s 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, BC.



2012 CONCACAF WOMEN’S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING

This coming year’s 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament will take place in Vancouver, BC from 19-29 January at BC Place Stadium. Canada and seven other CONCACAF nations will fight for two available tickets to the London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. The opponents are Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, and USA. Tickets to all matches are available via Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.ca or by 1.855.985.5000.

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