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Canada WNT ready for match against Japan

Canada will face the former world champions Japan in a Women’s International Friendly match on Saturday (Sunday in Japan). The October 6 2019 match in Shizuoka, Japan will help both sides prepare for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with Canada’s qualification competition scheduled for early next year in January/February 2020.

Included on the roster are two graduates from the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX program in partnership with BC Soccer, with midfielder Julia Grosso and striker Jordyn Huitema.
This will in fact mark Canada’s first international appearance since the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. The match kicks off at 10:30 p.m. PT (2:30 p.m. local time on Sunday in Japan). Extended coverage is featured across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans are encouraged to follow Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team every step of the way by using the social media handle #CANWNT.
“It is crucial as a program that we qualify and deliver a massive performance at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Japan next year,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “From the FIFA Women’s World Cup forward, there are elements that we need to keep doing, but we also need to improve and focus our attention on those solutions to put together an even better performance in 2020.”
This will be the 14th international meeting between the two sides since they first met on May 5, 1995 in Tokyo, Japan. After winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011, Japan won three straight matches against Canada before Canada won 2-0 over Japan at the 2018 Algarve Cup, the most recent meeting between the two nations. All time, Japan hold a slight edge with six wins and three draws to Canada’s four wins and three draws.
So far this year, Canada have posted an record of seven wins, three draws and two losses in 12 international matches. Reaching back to September 2018, Canada’s record is 12-3-3, with their only three losses against the top three nations from the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 (USA, Netherlands and Sweden). Earlier this year, Canada posted a 10-match unbeaten streak, the second longest in program history.
At the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, Japan and Canada had the second and third youngest national teams, respectively. Both nations reached the Round of 16. Of the 16 Canadians that featured in the final competition, eight of them made their FIFA Women’s World Cup debuts including teenagers Jordyn Huitema and Jayde Riviere, who also spent a year in the Whitecaps FC BC REX program.
GK- Sabrina D'Angelo | SWE / Vittsjö GIK
GK- Stephanie Labbé | USA / NC Courage
GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / Sky Blue FC
CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | FRA / FCF Olympique Lyonnais
CB- Vanessa Gilles | FRA / FC Girondins de Bordeaux
CB- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Seattle Reign FC
CB- Jade Rose | CAN / Ontario REX
CB- Shannon Woeller | SWE / Eskilstuna United
CB- Shelina Zadorsky | USA / Orlando Pride
FB- Lindsay Agnew | USA / Houston Dash
FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
M- Julia Grosso | USA / University of Texas at Austin
M- Jessie Fleming | USA / UCLA
FB- Ashley Lawrence | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
F- Deanne Rose | USA / University of Florida
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash
M- Desiree Scott | USA / Utah Royals FC
F- Janine Beckie | ENG / Manchester City FC
M- Gabrielle Carle | USA / Florida State University
F- Jessica De Filippo | USA / University of Louisville
F- Jordyn Huitema | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
F- Adriana Leon | ENG / West Ham United FC
FB- Jayde Riviere | USA / University of Michigan
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
Canada are two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) and three consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2016). At Rio 2016, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team were the first Canadian Olympic team to win back-to-back medals at a summer Olympic Games in more than a century.
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth titles: the 2004 and 2008 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all six editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).