The Canadian Soccer Association announced on Thursday the preliminary roster for an upcoming International Friendly against Korea Republic scheduled for this Wednesday, October 30 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on Sportsnet ONE.
This 18-player preliminary roster put together by head coach John Herdman features nine Vancouver Whitecaps FC women's alumnae, including: goalkeeper Erin McLeod; defenders Robyn Gayle, Carmelina Moscato, and Emily Zurrer; midfielders Kaylyn Kyle, Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, and Brittany Timko; and striker Christine Sinclair.
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The group will most likely see additional young faces added to the mix by the start of the camp on Thursday, October 24.
The squad features 13 players who were part of Canada’s bronze-medal-winning roster at London 2012.
Sura Yekka, a 16-year-old defender from Mississauga, Ontario, has earned her first call-up to a Canada senior camp after having participated in a couple youth camps earlier this year.
Canada last faced Korea Republic in January 2013 at the Yongchuan Cup International Women’s Football Tournament, when a new-look Canadian squad was defeated 3-1. Canada has an all-time record of 3W-0D-1L against Korea Republic in four matches dating back to 2000.
Of the 18 players named to the current roster, 12 were in uniform when the two countries last faced off.
"South Korea will be a tough test for us,” said Herdman. “Our 3-1 loss to them in January this year and their recent win over Japan has shown we will need to be on our game to get a result while still developing our new playing models."
The match in Edmonton will be Canada’s first women’s fixture at Commonwealth Stadium since a 2005 friendly against Germany. The contest between Canada and Korea Republic will be a precursor to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 as Canada will play the opening match in Edmonton.
“This event provides the team with an excellent opportunity to develop the processes and systems around playing in the stadium where we’ll play our opening match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup and to continue to learn how to play at home," added Herdman.
Tickets for the match are still available, starting as low as $15 (plus applicable fees), with all ticket prices ranging between $15-$35 (plus applicable fees). Fans can purchase tickets online at ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1-855-985-5000 or in person at all Ticketmaster outlets.
GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Portland Thorns FC
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Chicago Red Stars
D- Robyn Gayle | USA / Washington Spirit
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
D- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / FC Kansas City
D- Rhian Wilkinson | USA / Boston Breakers
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Emily Zurrer | USA / Seattle Reign FC
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Boston Breakers
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | USA / FC Kansas City
M- Brittany Timko | unattached
F- Mélissa Busque | USA / Seattle University
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC