FRISCO, TX – Canada's women's national team qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday with a 7-0 win over Panama in the semi-finals of the Concacaf Women's Championship. The Red and White will play either Jamaica or the United States in the final this coming Wednesday, October 17 at Toyota Stadium.
This will be Canada's seventh appearance at the FIFA Women's World Cup, after hosting the previous edition in 2015. The 2019 World Cup will take place from June 7 to July 7 across nine cities in France.
Julia Grosso, a recent graduate of the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX program in partnership with BC Soccer, earned her third start of the tournament in midfield. Also helping Canada qualify during the tournament have been fellow 'Caps Jordyn Huitema, with four goals scored, and defender Emma Regan who made her senior national team debut.
On Sunday it was captain and former Whitecaps FC striker Christine Sinclair leading the way. The Burnaby, BC native scored two goals to bring her career total to 177 international goals, bringing her within seven goals of tying retired USA striker Abby Wambach (184) for the world record. Also chipping in with goals were Jessie Fleming, Janine Beckie, Rebecca Quinn, and Adriana Leon with two to bring her total to a tournament leading six goals. Long-time Canada midfielder Diana Matheson earned her 200th cap.
For more information on the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX program, visit whitecapsfc.com/rex.