Canada Soccer has announced its official roster for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 and introduced the players to the media at an event held on 16 July in Toronto, ON.
Head Coach Andrew Olivieri has selected the 21 players that will make up Canada’s Women’s U-20 Team that will try to win a world championship on home soil as Canada hosts the tournament that starts in Toronto on 5 August and ends at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on 24 August. Edmonton and Moncton will also host games in the competition.
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The team features a number of players who have international experience at both the youth and senior levels – Kadeisha Buchanan, Jessie Fleming, Ashley Lawrence, Rebecca Quinn and Sura Yekka having all featured in a Women’s National Team match over the past year – but without a doubt, a FIFA competition at home will be the highlight of their young careers.
Four members of this team have already represented Canada in youth FIFA World Cup action this year as Jessie Fleming, Rylee Foster, Sarah Kinzner and Sura Yekka all were members of the team that reached the quarterfinals at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014 back in March.
Defender Kinley McNicoll from Oakville, ON will wear the armband as team captain. McNicoll was a member of the Canadian team that took part at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010.
Playing in Group A, Canada opens the competition in Toronto on 5 August against Ghana with a game against Finland on 8 August before wrapping up the group stage in Montreal on 12 August against Korea DPR. All the details on the competition, including ticket information, are available at fifa.com/canada2014
This will be the second time Canada is hosting the world’s best women’s teams at the youth level. In 2002, Canada famously advanced all the way to the final when they lost a heartbreaking 0:1 result in a thrilling final to the United States in front of almost 48 000 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
That tournament launched the careers of many players who went on to represent Canada at the senior level, including Christine Sinclair who won both the golden boot as the tournament’s top scorer, and the golden ball as most valuable player.
Throughout the competition, fans will be able to follow live updates on Twitter @CanadaSoccerEN and @CanadaSoccerFR as well as read match previews and reports on canadasoccer.com. The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 will be broadcast on CBC.
Kailen Sheridan – Clemson University
Marie-Joëlle Vandal – Dynamo de Québec
Rylee Foster – Woodbridge SC
Sura Yekka – Brams United
Kinley McNicoll – University of Wisconsin
Kylie Davis – Comètes de Laval
Kadeisha Buchanan – Ottawa Fury FC
Rebecca Quinn – Duke University
Victoria Pickett – Glen Shields
Lindsay Agnew – The Ohio State University
Jordane Carvery – Glen Shields
Ashley Campbell – Toronto Lady Lynx
Jessie Fleming – London NorWest SC
Ashley Lawrence – Ottawa Fury FC
Vanessa Grégoire – Comètes de Laval
Sarah Kinzner – Calgary Foothills
Emma Fletcher – Louisiana State University
Nichelle Prince – Toronto Lady Lynx
Janine Beckie – Texas Tech University
Amandine Pierre-Louis – Comètes de Laval
Valérie Sanderson – Comètes de Laval