Canada Women’s National Team head coach John Herdman has called in 14 players off NWSL rosters for the June 2 International Friendly against the United States Women’s National Team at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario. The match will be aired live on ESPN News (United States) and Sportsnet (Canada) at 4:30 EDT (1:30 PDT) and is part of the U.S. Soccer Centennial Celebration.
Of the 19 players called in, 14 were on the 2012 Olympic Roster and 10 appeared for Canada in their controversial loss against the United States on August 6, 2012 in Manchester, England.
“It was important for us to bring in a blend of youth and experience for this game,” said head coach John Herdman in a release from Canada Soccer. “We feel we have a good blend of players that have experience playing against USA – but we are also sticking to our task of preparing for the future.”
A surprise addition is Chicago Red Stars defender Rachel Quon, who will be in her first senior national team camp. Quon has appeared for the United States at both the U20 and U23 level.
“Rachel came on our radar in August of last year – but she has been injured in recent months, said Herdman. “She has a family connection to Canada. We’re currently going through the process with FIFA make her available.”
Headlining the roster is forward Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns), who is considered by many to be one of, if not the best player, in the world. Her 145 international goals ranks her third all-time behind the United States’ Mia Hamm (158 goals) and Abby Wambach (155).
Joining Sinclair in camp is Thorns teammate goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, goalkeeper Erin McLeod (Chicago Red Stars), defenders Carmelina Moscato (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Sesselmann, midfielders Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit), Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City), and forward Tiffany Cameron (Seattle Reign), among others.
The Chicago Red Stars and Seattle Reign FC both lead the way with three players selected, while the Western New York Flash will be unaffected by the Canadian call ups.
Forward Melissa Tancredi is also making her return for the first time since the Bronze Medal Game of the London 2012 Olympics. Tancredi has reportedly returned to school and has been unavailable for national team duty.
Herdman sees the match as a bit of a preview of what’s to come for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which is being played in six venues across Canada. “This will be a taste of playing at home in 2015. The packed house, the sea of red. We know we need to perform. An excellent test.”
Not taking the match lightly, Herdman said, “USA are world No. 1 and we have not beaten them in 12 years. We had to pay full respect to this game.”
The Canadian Soccer Association is billing the match as “The Rematch” of the Olympic Semifinals, where a series of questionable calls appeared to go the United States’ way, sending Canada to the Bronze Medal Game, while the United States went on to win Gold.Tickets for the match were sold-out within the day of being released to public sale.
Canada Women’s National Team Callups by Club Team
Boston Breakers- D Rhian Wilkinson
Chicago Red Stars- GK Erin McLeod, D Carmelina Mostcato, D Rachel Quon
FC Kansas City- D Lauren Sesselmann, M Desiree Scott
Portland Thorns- GK Karina LeBlanc, F Christine Sinclair
Seattle Reign- F Tiffany Cameron, M Kaylyn Kyle, D Emily Zurrer
Sky Blue FC- M Sophic Schmidt
Washington Spirit- D Robin Gayle, M Diana Matheson
International- F Christina Julien (WFC Rossiyanka)
Collegiate- D Kadeisha Buchanon, M Ashley Lawrence
Unattached- F Melissa Tancredi
Canada Women’s National Team Callups Position
Goalkeepers (2)- Karina LeBlanc (Portland Thorns), Erin McLeod (Chicago Red Stars)
Defenders (7)- Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia University), Robyn Gayle (Washington Spirit). Carmelina Moscato (Chicago Red Stars), Rachel Quon (Chicago Red Stars) Lauren Sesselmann (FC Kansas City), Rhian Wilkinson (Boston Breakers) Emily Zurrer (Seattle Reign FC)
Midfielders (5)- Kaylyn Kyle ( Seattle Reign FC), Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia University), Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit), Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City)
Forwards (4)- Tiffany Cameron (Seattle Reign FC), Christina Julien (WFC Rossiyanka), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns), Melissa Tancredi (unattached)