April 2016 From CanadaSoccer and Canada Press
Soccer Canada has released its player roster for the Women’s National Team camp to be held from 4th to 13th April 2016. The camp includes an international friendly against the Netherlands on April 10th in Eindhoven. Canada won this match 2 -1.
The camp is a continuation of Canada’s preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics following their qualification in February with a second place finish at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship. The squad then went on to win the Algarve Cup weeks later with a 2-1 win over Olympic hosts Brazil in the final.
All of the 19 players Coach John Herdman called into camp were on the squad that recently won the Algarve Cup for the first time in Canada’s history. With the exception of a goalkeeper change, that sees Sabrina D’Angelo replacing Erin McLeod, every player called into the Netherlands camp was part of the Olympic qualification squad.
The Netherlands match in April will be Canada’s last international before it returns to play on home soil against Brazil in a “Canada Soccer Road to Rio” series with matches scheduled for Toronto on 4th June and Ottawa on 7th June.. “The Netherlands are a strong team and have made significant progress since the FIFA Women’s World Cup, rising through the rankings with wins over both France and Japan,” said Coach John Herdman.
“Playing in-form teams that present tough tactical challenges is an integral part of the process to be prepared for the Olympics.” We expect the match against the Netherlands to be very difficult, but our team has developed momentum this year and will be up for the challenge. Playing the Olympic hosts Brazil at home will be our most important test. We’ve built a fierce rivalry in recent years so it will be great for our Canadian fans to see the sort of intensity these games are played at.”
The draw for the Olympic Football Tournament 2016 in Rio, will be held at Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro on 14 April 2016. In the most recent FIFA rankings, Canada are back in 10th position. The 12 qualified women’s teams will be drawn into 3groups. The teams qualified are: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia, China PR, Germany, France, Sweden, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Colombia, and host country Brazil.
Soccer Netherlands international friendly roster
GK – Stephanie Labbé, and Sabrina D’Angelo. D – Kadeisha Buchanan; Rebecca Quinn; Shelina Zadorsky; Josée Bélanger; Allysha Chapman; and Rhian Wilkinson. M – Jessie Fleming, Ashley Lawrence; Diana Matheson; Deanne Rose; Sophie Schmidt; and Desiree Scott. F – Janine Beckie, Gabrielle Carle, Nichelle Prince,. Christine Sinclair; and Melissa Tancredi,