Canada Earn Goalless Draw In Japan

CBC Sports - The Canadian women's soccer team drew 0-0 with Japan Thursday in Tokyo in its final tune-up before next month's FIFA Women's World Cup. Canada had the bulk of the chances in the match, but couldn't convert. Veteran goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, a native of Maple Ridge, BC, recorded the shutout. Canadian head coach Even Pellerud and his 21-player squad travel to Singapore Friday for a brief training camp before arriving in China next week. The fifth edition of FIFA's Women's World Cup takes place in China from September 10 to 30. The Canadian team, which defeated Mexico to win a bronze medal at last month's Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, plays its first World Cup game on September 12 against Norway in Hangzhou. Canada meets Ghana on September 15 and Australia on September 19 in Chengdu. Canada will be looking to better its remarkable fourth-place finish at the 2003 World Cup in the US. Defending champion Germany, two-time champion United States, 1995 winner Norway and perennial contenders China are among the teams to beat at next month’s event. CBC Sports is carrying all of Canada's first-round matches, as well as all tournament playoff games, live on TV and online at In addition to Team Canada's games, will carry all tournament matches live online to Canadian viewers. Canada is ranked ninth in the world by FIFA, world soccer's governing body.