Canada’s women’s national team is hoping a trip to Vancouver will be a taste of things to come as they get set to take on Germany in women’s international friendly action on Wednesday, June 18 at BC Place.
Head coach John Herdman is assembling a 22-player squad in the site of the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 for the first of two games they’ll play in 2014 on the West Coast.
“If you want to win a [FIFA Women’s] World Cup at home, you’re going to have to beat these teams. You’re going to find them on your road to the finals somewhere,” said Herdman. “The more we can learn about those teams and learn about ourselves with those teams, it’s only going to put us in better stead.”
There are only a handful of changes to the squad, which features eight former Vancouver Whtiecaps FC Women's players, that played in Winnipeg against USA early in May. Veteran defenders Emily Zurrer and Marie-Eve Nault are making their return, as is forward Christina Julien. Julien will be back in the squad for the first time in a year. She was in the squad when Canada hosted the USA rematch at BMO Field in June 3, 2013 in Toronto.
The last time Canada played Germany was in 2013 when they lost 1-0 in Paderborn, Germany. Canada has never beaten Germany.
“When we played them in Germany we had an experimental squad with a different way of playing,” said Herdman. “We were developing and this year we’re trying to improve and to get closer to where it’s going to look like when we’re in a [FIFA Women’s] World Cup.”
The team will begin training in Vancouver on Friday, June 13 in advance of the game that kicks off at 7 p.m PT on June 18. Tickets are still available and the game will be carried live on Sportsnet One.
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / Ottawa Fury FC
D- Robyn Gayle | USA / Washington Spirit
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Duke University
D- Rhian Wilkinson | CAN / Comètes de Laval
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Houston Dash
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County Ladies FC
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC
M- Ashley Lawrence | USA / Ottawa Fury FC
M- Brittany Baxter | USA / Seattle Sounders Women
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA Sky Blue FC
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Josée Belanger | CAN / Comètes de Laval
F- Christina Julien | GER / FF USV Jena