Previewing Canada WNT

Canada Women’s National Team

FIFA Ranking: 7

Head Coach: John Herdsman

Number of Olympic Appearances: This will be Canada WNT’s second time participating in women’s soccer at an Olympics.

Group: F (Japan, Sweden, South Africa)

First Match: July 25 against Japan

Road to qualifying: Under the guidance of new coach John Herdsman, the team had a terrific start at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympics Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver. They placed first in Group A and advanced to the Semi-finals. The team faced the United States WNT and vied for the title of the tournament champion. Although the team is disappointed with the loss, the team will mark its second Olympics appearance by playing its first game against Japan WNT, the current World Cup champion, on July 25th.  

Roster:

GK Karina Le Blanc

GK Erin McLeod

DF Carmelina Moscato

DF Emily Zurrer

DF Robyn Gayle

DF Lauren Sesselmann

DF Rhian Wilkinson

DF Candance Chapman

DF Chelsea Stewart

MF Kaylyn Kyle

MF Diana Matheson

MF Desiree Scott

MF Sophie Schmidt

MF Kelly Parker

FW Jonelle Filigno

FW Christine Sinclair

FW Melissa Tancredi

FW Brittany Timko

Key players One of key players to look out for is Christine Sinclair, a forward and a leading scorer for the Canada WNT.  Other notable Canadian players to consider is Melissa Tancredi (forward), Diana Matheson (midfielder), Sophie Schmidt (midfielder), and Lauren Sesselman (defender). When Sinclair and Tancredi are on the pitch at the same time, they put defenders on opposing teams on notice and they will score when given an opportunity to do so.

PredictionCanada WNT will look to redeem itself from their early exit from the 2011 Women’s World Cup. With ambitions of being a serious contender in women’s soccer competitions, Canada WNT has worked hard to impose more physical presence and slow down their opponents on the pitch.  I think Canada WNT will have moderate difficulty in securing one of the top two spots in their group.  The team does have a good chance of defeating South Africa. However, they must not make a mistake of underestimating their opponents. After all, Nigeria defeated them in the World Cup last year. Still, I do not think we should count out Canada WNT this time. They may end up as a surprise 2nd place in this group. Although Sweden is a physical and experienced team, they have struggled with top ten teams except Canada WNT since the 2011 Women’s World Cup. In order for Canada WNT to have a fighting chance, the team will have to play a better possession game, attack, and score against Sweden often and early.

 

 

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