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Seven Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX players called up to National EXCEL camp

Canada Soccer announced on Tuesday that seven players from the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX program, in partnership with BC Soccer, have been called up to a National EXCEL U-14 to U-17 development camp in Vaughan, ON.

Among the players called up by National EXCEL director Bev Priestman are defenders Ashley Cathro, Reese Moffatt, and Emma Regan, midfielders Julia Grosso and Caitlin Shaw, and strikers Jordyn Huitema and Camila Gomez.

Priestman has brought 24 players into camp, as she prepares to select the team that will represent Canada at the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship taking place in Grenada March 3 to 13. The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Jordan in September and October 2016.

With an exciting and challenging 2016 ahead for the U-14 to U-17 National EXCEL group, the first contact of the year will provide an opportunity to build on the 2015 curriculum covered, while preparing and assessing the players ahead of the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship .

“Our focus for this camp is to equip these young players with the confidence, knowledge and skills to be able to perform in a tournament setting and achieve key benchmarks against the various opponents Canada is likely to face,” said Priestman. "Since our September 2015 camp, many players have progressed up the system and gained invaluable experience and with some youth players currently with the WNT, it has provided an opportunity for other players to be assessed in the EXCEL environment."

Canada Soccer’s U-14 to U-17 Girl’s National EXCEL Camp will run January 11 to 19, before Canada learns who they will face in the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship at the draw taking place in Grenada January 21.

U-14 to U-17 Girl’s National EXCEL Camp – January 2016

GK- Lysianne Proulx | CAN / St-Léonard / Quebec Soccer REX (QC)
GK- Marissa Zucchetto | CAN / Unionville-Milliken SC (ON)
CB- Samantha Chang | CAN / Unionville-Milliken SC (ON)
CB- Reese Moffatt | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX (BC)
CB- Maya Antoine | Vaughan Azzurri (ON)
FB- Ashley Cathro | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX (BC)
FB- Emma Regan | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX (BC)
M- Nahida Baalbaki | CAN / Lakeshore SC / Quebec Soccer REX (QC)
M- Julia Grosso | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX (BC)
M- Anyssa Ibrahim | CAN / Varrennes / Quebec Soccer REX (QC)
M- Vital Kats | CAN / Scarborough GS United (ON)
CB- Kayla Mostowich | CAN / Edmonton Strikers SC (AB)
M- Maliah De Rosario / CAN / Markham SC (ON)]
GK- Caley Leask | Calgary SWU Napoli 99
M- Nadège L'Espérance | Lakeshore U16AAA/ Quebec Soccer REX (QC)
M- Caitlin Shaw | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX (BC)
M- Sarah Stratigakis | CAN / Unionville-Milliken SC (ON)
F- Teni Akindoju | CAN / Halifax Dunbrack SC/ Soccer Nova Scotia REX (NS)
F- Shana Flynn | CAN / Unionville-Milliken SC (ON)
F- Camila Gomez | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX (BC)
F- Jordyn Huitema | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX (BC)

F- Lauren Raimondo | CAN / Unionville-Milliken SC (ON)
F- Jayde Riviere | CAN / Markham SC (ON)
F- Aaliyah Scott | CAN / Toronto Skillz FC (ON)

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