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The Canada Women’s National Team will return to the Algarve Cup for the third consecutive year in 2018, with the international tournament running in Portugal from February 28 to March 7. Newly-appointed Canada WNT head coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller named his 23-player roster for the tournament today, which includes Sky Blue FC forward Janine Beckie, forward Adriana Leon and goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan.
The tournament will mark the first competitive matches for Heiner-Møller at the helm, with Canada having won the 12-team tournament in 2016 and finishing as runners up in 2017.
Drawn into Group B, Canada will face Sweden in its opening match on February 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET at Bela Vista Municipal Stadium, followed by Russia on March 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET at Estádio Algarve, and Korea Republic on March 5 at 9:00 a.m. ET at Lagos Municipal Stadium. All teams will play a fourth match on March 7 to determine the tournament standings.
“Once again, we are bringing a young, hungry team, blended with more experienced veteran players to the Algarve Cup as we continue to expand our tournament expertise heading into the CONCACAF Women’s Championship later this year,” said Heiner-Møller. “The competition format is especially important for the upcoming CONCACAF tournament which will serve as the qualification route for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, as it will allow us to focus on how we prepare the team for quick turnarounds between games, adapt to different opponents in short periods of time, and reinforce on-field relationships and chemistry between players.”
Canada’s 23-person squad for the Algarve Cup includes 15 players who won Bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“We are looking forward to this tournament as each of the matches will present unique challenges and help us further develop as a team,” said Heiner-Møller. “We are expecting a strong opening match against Sweden, who we beat in April last year, but who have a new coach and some world-class players. We faced Russia in this tournament last year and they showed some very strong defensive organisation, and Korea Republic are known for their very technical game, so we are pleased our group will offer us such diverse opponents and we are going have to perform in each match to get the result we want.”
Canada Soccer Women’s National Team 2018 Algarve Cup Roster
Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller
- GK Stephanie Labbe, age 31, from Stony Plain, AB
- GK Erin McLeod, age 34, from St. Albert, AB/ FC Rosengård (Damallsvenskan)
- GK Kailen Sheridan, age 22, from Whitby, ON/Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
- FB Lindsay Agnew, age 22, from Kingston, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
- FB Allysha Chapman, age 29, from Courtice, ON/ North Carolina Courage (NWSL)
- FB Ashley Lawrence, age 22, from Caledon, ON/Paris Saint German (Division 1 Féminine France)
- FB Shannon Woeller, age 28, from Vancouver, BC/ FF USV Jena (Frauen-Bundesliga)
- CB Shelina Zadorsky, age 25, from London, ON/ Orlando Pride (NWSL)
- CB Kadeisha Buchanan, age 22, from Brampton, ON/ Olympique Lyonnais (Division 1 Féminine France)
- M/CB Rebecca Quinn, age 22, from Toronto, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
- M Maegan Kelly, age 25, from Kansas City, MO & Toronto, ON/ FC Kansas City (NWSL)
- M Desiree Scott, age 30, from Winnipeg, MB/ Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
- M Sophie Schmidt, age 29, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Frauen-Bundesliga)
- M Jessie Fleming, age 19, from London, ON/UCLA (NCAA)
- M Diana Matheson, age 33, from Oakville, ON/Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
- M Julia Grosso, age 17, from Vancouver, BC / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
- F Christine Sinclair, age 34, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns (NWSL)
- F Deanne Rose, age 18, from Alliston, ON/ University of Florida Gators (NCAA)
- F Janine Beckie, age 23, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
- F Adriana Leon, age 25, from King City, ON/ Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
- F Nichelle Prince, age 22, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
- F Jordyn Huitema, age 16, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
- F Jenna Hellstrom, age 22, from Sudbury, ON/ FC Rosengård (Damallsvenskan)
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