The Canadian Soccer Association announced on Sunday that four members of Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Girls Elite have been named to the 21-player roster for the third edition of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Included on the roster are defender Aman Shergill, midfielder/striker Jasmin Dhanda, and strikers Summer Clarke and Elissa Neff.
Clarke, Dhanda, and Neff are among 17 returning members from the Canadian team that won silver at the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Championship in May of this year. Of note, Clarke was Canada’s leading scorer in the tournament with six goals.
Canada will take part in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan from September 22 to October 14, with all three group matches to be played in the capital city of Baku.
"I think the players are quite excited," said Canadian U-17 head coach Bryan Rosenfeld. "It has been an exciting year for our women's program, so that has reflected quite positively on our young players."
Canada is one of 16 teams competing in this year's tournament, with the teams split evenly into four separate groups. In the group phase, Canada will face Nigeria on September 22, Colombia on September 25 and host Azerbaijan on September 29. Of note, Canada and Nigeria are two of eight teams that have competed in all three editions of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.
The quarter-final phase features match ups between Groups A & B (on October 4) and Groups C & D (on October 5). Along with Canada, Colombia, Nigeria and Azerbaijan, teams competing in this year's FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup are: France, Gambia, Korea DPR, and USA in Group B; Brazil, Japan, Mexico, and New Zealand in Group C; and China PR, Germany, Ghana, and Uruguay in Group C.
1- GK- Kailen Sheridan | CAN / Pickering SC
2- FB- Lindsay Agnew | USA / Ohio Premier Eagles
3- FB- Madeline Iozzi | CAN / Pickering SC
4- F- Summer Clarke | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite
5- CM- Rebecca Quinn | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16
6- FB/CB- Aman Shergill | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite
7- CM- Ashley Lawrence | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles
8- CM/F- Jasmin Dhanda | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite
9- F- Amandine Pierre-Louis | CAN / Saint-Léonard
10- F- Valérie Sanderson | CAN / FC Boisbriand U-16
11- F- Nichelle Prince | CAN / Pickering SC
12- FB/CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16
13- F- Elissa Neff | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite
14- CM/CB- Rebecca Pongetti | CAN / Oakville SC
15- FB/M- Victoria Pickett | CAN / Glen Shields
16- F- Emily Pietrangelo | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16
17- F- Jordyn Listro | CAN / Oakville SC
18- GK- Taylor Bucklin | USA / CFC United
19- M/CB- Nicole Loncar | CAN / Brams United SC
20- CM- Larisa Staub | CAN / Angels SWU
21- GK- Maryse Bard-Martel | CAN / FC Boisbriand U-16
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are preparing to launch a special offer for fans on 2013 Season Tickets. To thank fans for their continued support, those who purchase Season Tickets from Saturday, September 22 to Wednesday, October 3 will receive a special signing bonus of 12 per cent off. Fans can take advantage of this offer and renew or purchase their Season Tickets online at whitecapsfc.com or by phone at 604.669.9283.