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Canada have announced an extended squad for their upcoming Women’s National Team Celebration Tour as they continue their preparations for the upcoming Concacaf W Championship, the qualification route for both the FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as the next Olympic Games. Coach Bev Priestman has brought together all 22 Olympic champions from Tokyo last year as well as seven additional players for the two-match series against 11-time African champions Nigeria.
The two-match west coast series continues Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Celebration Tour, with the first match on Friday 8 April at BC Place in Vancouver and the second match on Monday 11 April at Langford’s Starlight Stadium on Vancouver Island. Both Canada home matches will be broadcast live on OneSoccer. Fans will find extended coverage across Canada Soccer’s digital channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube featuring the hashtag #CANWNT.
The first match in Vancouver provides Canada Soccer with the opportunity to celebrate Christine Sinclair’s world international goalscoring record in front of her home crowd. This celebration was originally planned for April 2020, but postponed on account of the global pandemic. Since breaking the record in January 2020, the Canadian captain from neighbouring Burnaby, British Columbia led Canada to an Olympic Gold Medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in August 2021.
In addition to the Friday night festivities, Canada Soccer will honour new Canada Soccer Hall of Fame honoured members Martina Franko, Randee Hermus, Karina LeBlanc, Brittany Timko Baxter and Rhian Wilkinson. The five former National Team Players, who all represented Canada at FIFA World Cups and the Olympic Games, will be celebrated during half time on 8 April.
The two-match series will also mark a farewell to Stephanie Labbé who will wrap up her professional and international career as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. The Olympic Gold Medal winner, who finished second in voting for The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper in 2020-21, has already played her last club matches at Paris Saint-Germain FC and will now wear the Canada maple leaf for one last series on home soil.
“We look forward to reconnecting with our Canadian fans on the west coast for these two home matches,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “These two matches against Nigeria in Vancouver and Langford will also provide us with great experience as we continue to prepare for this summer’s qualifiers to both the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games.”
Tickets for the two matches will go on sale this Friday 18 March via Ticketmaster.ca. Both the Friday 8 April BC Place and Monday 11 April Starlight Stadium matches will kick off at 19.30 local time. Group discounts (10+ tickets) are available for the match at BC Place on Friday 8 April. Fans organizing a group of 10 or more are eligible to receive discounts of up to 30% off regular priced tickets. For more information visit https://canadasoccer.com/choose-your-match/.
British Columbia has been home to incredible moments for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team including group stage matches to the 2002 Concacaf Women’s Gold Cup in Victoria, qualification to the London 2012 Olympic Games in Vancouver, and the record-setting crowds at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. Before the global pandemic, Canada’s most recent match in British Columbia was a 1:1 draw against USA in November 2017.
Canada are currently preparing for the 2022 Concacaf W Championship which doubles as both the qualification route for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 as well as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The upcoming Concacaf W Championship will feature eight nations from 4-18 July in Monterrey, NL, Mexico, with Canada and USA to be joined by six other nations yet to be determined through April’s Concacaf W Qualifiers.
Coach Bev Priestman’s Canada squad features 29 players including all 22 Olympic champions from the Tokyo Olympic Games. Captain Christine Sinclair is the squad’s most experience player with 308 international “A” appearances while five other players have 100 or more international matches to their credit: Sophie Schmidt (201), Desiree Scott (173), Erin McLeod (119), Kadeisha Buchanan (116), and Ashley Lawrence (104). Jessie Fleming, Canada Soccer’s 2021 Player of the Year, is next on the list with 97 international “A” appearances.
While Schmidt, Scott and Sinclair have each won three Olympic medals (London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020/2021), 11 other champions have won two Olympic medals: Buchanan, Fleming, Lawrence and McLeod as well as Janine Beckie, Allysha Chapman, Stephanie Labbé, Nichelle Prince, Quinny, Deanne Rose and Shelina Zadorsky. The eight first-time Olympic medal winners were Gabrielle Carle, Vanessa Gilles, Julia Grosso, Jordyn Huitema, Adriana Leon, Jayde Riviere, Kailen Sheridan and Evelyne Viens.
Also included in the Canada squad are Marie-Yasmine Alidou, Sabrina D’Angelo, Cloé Lacasse, Victoria Pickett, Sarah Stratigakis, Sura Yekka, and debutant Zoe Burns from the recent Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship in February and March.
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 six editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).
GK- Sabrina D’Angelo | SWE / Vittsjö GIK
GK- Stephanie Labbé | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Orlando Pride
GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / San Diego Wave FC
CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | FRA / FCF Olympique Lyonnais
CB- Vanessa Gilles | USA / Angel City FC
CB- Shelina Zadorsky | ENG / Tottenham Hotspur
FB- Zoe Burns | USA / University of Southern California
FB- Gabrielle Carle | SWE / Kristianstads DFF
FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
FB- Ashley Lawrence | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
FB- Jayde Riviere | USA / University of Michigan
FB- Sura Yekka | FRA / Havre AC
M- Marie-Yasmine Alidou D’Anjou | AUT / SK Sturm Graz
M- Jessie Fleming | ENG / Chelsea FC
M- Julia Grosso | ITA / Juventus FC
M- Victoria Pickett | USA / Kansas City Current
M- Quinn | USA / OL Reign
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash
M- Desiree Scott | USA / Kansas City Current
M- Sarah Stratigakis | SWE / Vittsjö GIK
F- Janine Beckie | ENG / Manchester City FC
F- Jordyn Huitema | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
F- Cloé Lacasse | POR / SL Benfica
F- Adriana Leon | ENG / West Ham United FC
F- Nichelle Prince | USA / Houston Dash
F- Deanne Rose | ENG / Reading FC
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Evelyne Viens | SWE / Kristianstads DFF
Alidou D’Anjou, Marie-Yasmine | 26 | Saint-Hubert, QC, CAN | CS Spatial Saint-Hubert
Beckie, Janine | 27 | Highlands Ranch, CO, USA | Real Colorado
Buchanan, Kadeisha | 26 | Brampton, ON, CAN | Brams United SC
Burns, Zoe | 20 | Issaquah, WA, USA | Eastside FC in Preston
Carle, Gabrielle | 23 | Lévis, QC, CAN | AS Chaudière-Est
Chapman, Allysha | 33 | Courtice, ON, CAN | Darlington SC
D’Angelo, Sabrina | 28 | Welland, ON, CAN | Welland SC Wizards
Fleming, Jessie | 24 | London, ON, CAN | Nor’West Optimist SC
Gilles, Vanessa | 26 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Ottawa Capital United SC
Grosso, Julia | 21 | Vancouver, BC, CAN | Vancouver’s Italian Canadian SF
Huitema, Jordyn | 20 | Chilliwack, BC, CAN | Chilliwack FC
Labbé, Stephanie | 35 | Stony Plain, AB, CAN | Spruce Grove Saints
Lacasse, Cloé | 28 | Sudbury, ON, CAN | Sudbury
Lawrence, Ashley | 26 | Caledon East, ON, CAN | Brams United SC
Leon, Adriana | 29 | Maple and King City, ON, CAN | Vaughan Azzuri
McLeod, Erin | 39 | Edmonton & Calgary, AB, CAN | St. Albert
Pickett, Victoria | 25 | Barrie, ON, CAN | Barrie SC
Prince, Nichelle | 27 | Ajax, ON, CAN | Ajax SC
Quinn | 26 | Toronto, ON, CAN | North Toronto SC
Riviere, Jayde | 21 | Markham, ON, CAN | West Rouge SC
Rose, Deanne | 23 | Alliston, ON, CAN | Alliston SC
Schmidt, Sophie | 33 | Abbotsford, BC, CAN | Abbotsford
Scott, Desiree | 34 | Winnipeg, MB, CAN | Maples Cougars
Sheridan, Kailen | 26 | Whitby, ON, CAN | Pickering SC
Sinclair, Christine | 38 | Burnaby, BC, CAN | South Burnaby Metro Club Bees
Stratigakis, Sarah | 23 | Woodbridge, ON, CAN |
Viens, Evelyne | 25 | L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC, CAN | AS Mistral Laurentien
Yekka, Sura | 25 | Mississauga, ON, CAN | North Mississauga SC
Zadorsky, Shelina | 29 | Kitchener & London, ON, CAN | Kitchener SC