Canada Soccer set to open pre-tournament camp in Texas ahead of 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship
Canada Soccer – Canada Soccer set to open pre-tournament camp in Texas ahead of 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship
20 September 2018
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will hold a camp in Texas from 20 September to 1 October ahead of next month’s 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship. The group of players attending the camp will train in Frisco before the final 20 players selected for the competition will travel to Edinburg for the group stage.
“We are excited to bring this group back together and really set our sights on the upcoming qualification campaign,” said Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller. “We’ve been together a few times this year and we’ve been pleased with how the group is evolving. Having this time prior to an important tournament like the Concacaf Women’s Championship is critical. We are expecting some pretty hot temperatures in Texas for the tournament and that is something we haven’t experienced much of this year, so getting to experience the conditions and train in the heat ahead of the tournament is something we will be using to ensure we are ready to face our Concacaf opponents.”
Canada will play their group stage matches at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas, beginning with their opening match against Jamaica on Friday 5 October at 18.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT), followed by Canada v Cuba on Monday 8 October at 18.30 local (19.30 ET / 16.30 PT), and then Canada v Costa Rica on Thursday 11 October at 20.00 local (21.00 ET / 18.00 PT). Following the group stage, all matches will be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
The top three teams in the tournament will qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, with an additional opportunity for the fourth-place team to qualify through a playoff against Argentina of CONMEBOL.
“Many of the players coming into this camp will be on the final roster for the tournament, so we are taking this opportunity to fine-tune some of our strategies and future work on the players connections, both on and off their field,” said Heiner-Møller. “This camp is really about bridging the gap between working on being ready and being in form to compete against some very tough, hungry teams.”
The final Canada Soccer Women’s National Team roster for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship will be released prior to the team’s travel to Edinburg.
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Canada are two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in six consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2015) and three consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2016). At Rio 2016, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team were the first Canadian Olympic team to win back-to-back medals at a summer Olympic Games in more than a century.
Canada Soccer 2018 Texas Pre-Tournament Camp Roster
Head Coach – Kenneth Heiner-Møller
GK – Stephanie Labbé, age 31, from Stony Plain, AB/ Lejonflocken Linköping (Damallsvenskan)
GK – Erin McLeod, age 35, from St. Albert, AB/ USV Jena (Frauen-Bundesliga)
GK – Sabrina D’Angelo, age 25, from Welland, ON/ NC Courage (NWSL)
CB – Kadeisha Buchanan, age 22, from Brampton, ON/ Olympique Lyonnais (Division 1 Féminine France)
CB – Shelina Zadorsky, age 25, from London, ON/ Orlando Pride (NWSL)
FB – Lindsay Agnew, age 23, from Kingston, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB – Allysha Chapman, age 29, from Courtice, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB – Ashley Lawrence, age 23, from Caledon, ON/Paris Saint Germain (Division 1 Féminine France)
FB – Jenna Hellstrom, age 23, from Sudbury, ON/ Växjö DFF (Damallsvenskan)
FB – Emma Regan, age 18, from Burnaby, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
M/CB – Rebecca Quinn, age 23, from Toronto, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
M – Jessie Fleming, age 20, from London, ON/UCLA (NCAA)
M – Julia Grosso, age 17, from Vancouver, BC / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
M – Diana Matheson, age 34, from Oakville, ON/Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
M- Sophie Schmidt, age 30, from Abbotsford, BC/ Unattached
M- Desiree Scott, age 31, from Winnipeg, MB/ Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
F- Jordyn Huitema, age 17, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
F – Adriana Leon, age 25, from King City, ON/ Seattle Reign FC (NWSL)
F – Nichelle Prince, age 23, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F – Deanne Rose, age 19, from Alliston, ON/ University of Florida Gators (NCAA)
F – Christine Sinclair ( C ), age 35, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns (NWSL)
F – Janine Beckie, age 24, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Manchester City (FA Women’s Super League)
F- Gabrielle Carle, age 19, from Levis, QC/ Florida State University (NCAA)
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