CANADA'S WORLD CUP TEAM OPENS CAMP IN VANCOUVER
17th January, 2007, From a CSA Report
Canada’s National Women's team will start training this January, 21 for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China
this September. The country’s best players are taking part in a new Canadian residency camp in which the players will
train together as a team throughout the year in Vancouver, BC.
Pellerud plans to take his squad to Brazil for the Pan
American Games in the summer and hopes to have seven or eight international
games in advance of the World Cup.
Canada qualified for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in November, 2006, when it reached the 2006 Gold Cup final
in Carson, California. “This residency camp will provide us the best opportunity ever to attend a World Cup Final
with an optimum level of preparation,” says coach Even Pellerud. “For the first time, the team can, in principle,
be run like a Club team. This program allows us to set up daily, weekly and monthly schedules, and technical programs
that include fitness, tactics, skills, and psychology. The program will also reinforce team spirit and unity, elements
that are so essential to a strong showing.”
The first stage to the 2007 residency camp runs from January 21 to March 8th. The focus for this stage is fitness,
and the players will go through an extensive battery of tests. The team will train 8 - 10 times per week, while also
taking part in scrimmages against local teams.
There will be 24 players in camp for the first stage, starting this Sunday. Players in camp are receiving funding
from the Greg Kerfoot Foundation, and this funding is additional to the funding players are receiving from the Sport
Canada Athlete Assistance Program. More players will join the residency camp later in the year, after they have
completed school commitments, or when they are called to the team.
The camp will maintain an open door throughout the year, whereby players can be added or removed from the camp.
In the first stage this January, the team will welcome back players who have been recovering from lengthy injuries.
“Our World Cup team is entering a new era in Canadian soccer,” says Pellerud. “We are extremely thankful to the
W-League franchises that have agreed to release their players for this year-long program. September 2007 may seem a
long way away, but it will come quickly.”
In the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Canada finished fourth overall in the 16-team finals which were held in the
United States. In 2006, Canada qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup by reaching the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. While
Canada lost the Gold Cup final to the United States 1:2 after a penalty kick in extra time, the team finished the
year with a record of 10 wins, four draws and just three losses in 17 games.
The 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup takes place 10-30th September 2007, in Wuhan, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Tianjin.
NAME / Age / Hometown / Team / Pos. / Caps
/ 17 / Port Coquitlam, BC, / Vancouver Whitecaps / F /
/31/ Pitt Meadows, BC / Vancouver Whitecaps / M/F / 15
Sasha Andrews / 24 /
Edmonton, AB / Vancouver Whitecaps / D / 35
/ 29 / Unionville, ON / Vancouver Whitecaps / M/F / 2
/ 22 / Burlington, ON / University of Florida / D / 27
Candace Chapman / 24 / Ajax, ON / Vancouver Whitecaps / D/M / 31
Martina Franko / 31 / Squamish,
BC / Vancouver Whitecaps / D / 17
Robyn Gayle /21/Mississauga,
ON /University North Carolina / D / 10
Randee Hermus / 27 / Langley, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps / D / 80
/ 26 / Ottawa, ON / Amazon Grimstad / M / 57
/ 20 / Oakville, ON / UCLA / D/M/F / 51
Karina LeBlanc / 27 /
Maple Ridge, BC / New Jersey Wildcats / G / 49
Diana Matheson / 23 / Oakville, ON / Ottawa Fury / M / 55
/ 24 / Calgary, AB / Vancouver Whitecaps / G / 27
/ 35 / Vancouver, BC / Vancouver Whitecaps / M / 118
Jodi-Ann Robinson / 18 / Richmond, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps / F / 7
Sophie Schmidt / 19 /
Abbotsford, BC / Vancouver Whitecaps / M / 21
Christine Sinclair / 24 / Burnaby, BC / Vancouver Whitecaps / F / 90
Taryn Swiatek / 26 /
Calgary, AB / Ottawa Fury / G / 21
Katie Thorlakson / 22 / Langley, BC / Vancouver Whitecaps / F / 13
Brittany Timko / 21 / Coquitlam,
BC / Vancouver Whitecaps / M/F / 58
Amy Vermeulen / 23 / Saskatoon, SK/ Ottawa Fury / F / 3
/ 29 / St-Bruno, QC / Comètes de Laval / M / 81
Rhian Wilkinson / 24 / Baie d’Urfe, QC/ Ottawa Fury / F / 32
G = Goalkeeper / D = Defender / M = Midfielder / F = Forward /
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