Canada to face England in a pre-tournament behind-closed-doors match July 14, 2023
Canada Soccer announced today the Women’s National Team pre-tournament roster traveling to Australia as the team will enter their final preparation phase for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.
Canada will face Nigeria on Friday 21 July in Melbourne, the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday 26 July in Perth, and co-hosts Australia on Monday 31 July in Melbourne. Canada Soccer also announced today that, ahead of their opening Group Stage match, Canada’s Women’s National Team will travel to the Sunshine Coast to compete in a behind-closed-doors match against England on 14 July 2023.
“With the preparation camp being only weeks away, I’m so excited to name this squad and see what this squad can bring as we move that much closer towards the Women’s World Cup,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “Picking this roster brought some incredibly difficult decisions and conversations, which I think speaks volumes to how competitive and exciting the group is.”
“I must acknowledge the hard work of the players, the clubs and our dedicated support staff to have some long-term injured players available for this camp as I know all parties have done everything possible to get to this point,” added Priestman.
Canada’s three goalkeepers for the camp will be Sabrina D’Angelo from Arsenal FC, Lysianne Proulx from SCU Torreense, and Kailen Sheridan from San Diego Wave FC.
Also selected for the camp are: defenders Kadeisha Buchanan from Chelsea FC, Allysha Chapman from Houston Dash, Vanessa Gilles from FCF Olympique Lyonnais, Ashley Lawrence from Paris Saint-Germain, Jayde Riviere from Manchester United FC, Jade Rose from Harvard University, and Shelina Zadorsky from Tottenham Hotspur.
Other Canadians in the squad are midfielders: Quinn from OL Reign, Marie-Yasmine Alidou D’Anjou from Famalicão, Simi Awujo from the University of Southern California, Jessie Fleming from Chelsea FC, Julia Grosso from Juventus FC, Sophie Schmidt from Houston Dash, and Desiree Scott from Kansas City Current.
The rest of the squad will feature forwards: Jordyn Huitema from OL Reign, Cloé Lacasse from SL Benfica, Adriana Leon and Christine Sinclair from Portland Thorns FC, Nichelle Prince from Houston Dash, and Deanne Rose from Reading FC.
Also called up to the pre-tournament camp are: Damallsvenskan forwards Clarissa Larisey from BK Häcken FF and Evelyne Viens from Kristianstads DFF, although not released by their respective clubs until the start of the official FIFA International Window on 10 July 2023.
The squad will report to the Gold Coast, Australia on 28 June, and all 25 players are in contention to make Priestman’s final roster for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, which will be announced on 9 July. With an average age of 27, the 25-player pool consists of a mix of veterans and fresh faces, with 8 players looking to appear in their first World Cup.
“In the final twenty-three player roster, I know we will have a fantastic blend of experienced players along with World Cup debutants who are big part of the future of this program, and that blend makes for an exciting squad to lead and for any player to be a part of,” added Priestman.
The camp will provide Canada with an opportunity to acclimatise to the different time zone and weather conditions of Australia, while also spending valuable time as a group before the start of the competition.
“This camp is about us solidifying our identity and player partnerships whilst preparing for our group stage opponents. We know we have three difficult games, all with different styles of play and so being able to adapt and be equipped for all three is important whilst really harnessing and imposing our strengths on any opponent we face,” added Priestman.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, which will be held from 20 July 2023 to 20 August 2023, will be a tournament of firsts. Fans will see 32 nations playing 64 matches across nine host cities in Australia and New Zealand for the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history.
GK- Sabrina D’Angelo | ENG / Arsenal FC
GK- Lysianne Proulx | POR / SCU Torreense
GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / San Diego Wave FC
CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | ENG / Chelsea FC
CB- Vanessa Gilles | FRA / FCF Olympique Lyonnais
CB- Shelina Zadorsky | ENG / Tottenham Hotspur
CB/FB- Jade Rose | USA / Harvard University
FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
FB- Ashley Lawrence | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
FB- Jayde Riviere | ENG / Manchester United FC
M- Quinn | USA / OL Reign
M- Marie-Yasmine Alidou D’Anjou | POR / Famalicão
M- Simi Awujo | USA / University of Southern California
M- Jessie Fleming | ENG / Chelsea FC
M- Julia Grosso | ITA / Juventus FC
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash
M- Desiree Scott | USA / Kansas City Current
F- Jordyn Huitema | USA / OL Reign
F- Cloé Lacasse | POR / SL Benfica
F- Clarissa Larisey | SWE / BK Häcken FF
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Nichelle Prince | USA / Houston Dash
F- Deanne Rose | ENG / Reading FC
F- Evelyne Viens | SWE / Kristianstads DFF
Player | Pronouns | Age | City in which they grew up | Notable youth clubs
Nom du joueur | Âge | Lieu où il a grandi | Début d’activité/premier club
Alidou D’Anjou, Marie-Yasmine | she/elle | 28 | Saint-Hubert, QC, CAN | CS Spatial Saint-Hubert
Awujo, Simi | she/elle | 19 | Atlanta, GA, USA | AFC Lightning
Buchanan, Kadeisha | she/elle | 27 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brams United SC
Chapman, Allysha | she/elle | 34 | Courtice, ON, CAN | Darlington SC
D’Angelo, Sabrina | she/elle | 29 | Welland, ON, CAN | Welland SC Wizards
Fleming, Jessie | she/elle | 25 | London, ON, CAN | Nor’West Optimist SC
Gilles, Vanessa | she/elle | 27 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Ottawa Capital United SC
Grosso, Julia | she/elle | 22 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Vancouver’s Italian Canadian SF
Huitema, Jordyn | she/elle | 22 | Chilliwack, BC, CAN | Chilliwack FC
Lacasse, Cloé | she/elle | 29 | Sudbury, ON, CAN | Sudbury
Larisey, Clarissa | she/elle | 23 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Ottawa Goulbourn SC
Lawrence, Ashley | she/elle | 27 | Caledon East, ON, CAN | Brams United SC
Leon, Adriana | she/elle | 30 | Maple and King City, ON, CAN | Vaughan Azzuri
Prince, Nichelle | she/elle | 28 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax SC
Proulx, Lysianne | she/elle | 23 | Boucherville, QC, CAN | CS Boucherville
Quinn | they/iel | 27 | Toronto, ON, CAN | North Toronto SC
Riviere, Jayde | she/elle | 22 | Markham, ON, CAN | West Rouge SC
Rose, Deanne | she/elle | 24 | Alliston, ON, CAN | Alliston SC
Rose, Jade | she/elle | 20 | Markham, ON, CAN | Markham SC
Schmidt, Sophie | she/elle | 34 | Abbotsford, BC, CAN | Abbotsford
Scott, Desiree | she/elle | 35 | Winnipeg, MB, CAN | Maples Cougars
Sheridan, Kailen | she/elle | 27 | Whitby, ON, CAN | Pickering SC
Sinclair, Christine | she/elle | 39 | Burnaby, BC, CAN | South Burnaby Metro Club Bees
Viens, Evelyne | she/elle | 26 | L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC, CAN | AS Mistral Laurentien
Zadorsky, Shelina | she/elle | 30 | Kitchener & London, ON, CAN | Kitchener SC
CANADA SOCCER’S WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
Canada are Olympic champions (Tokyo 2020), two-time bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016), and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) and four consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2021). At Tokyo 2020, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team became the first Canadian team to win three consecutive medals at the Summer Olympic Games and just the third nation in the world to win three medals in women’s soccer.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth titles: the 2004 and 2008 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for eight editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all seven editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).
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