Posted by iamhannah on May 12, 2009
Change in Schedule Will See U.S. Play in Canada for First Time Since 2001
Both the USA’s Abby Wambach and Canada’s Christine Sinclair Shoot for 100th International GoalCHICAGO (May 12, 2009) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has added a May 25 friendly against Canada in Toronto to replace two previously canceled matches against Japan. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. ET at BMO Field, Canada’s national stadium and home to Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.
The game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel, and fans can follow the match online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
Canada was previously to play host to Japan on May 25, but after the Japanese pulled out of their North American tour, the U.S. will now travel to Canada for the first time since 2001 when the two teams also met in Toronto. That match was played at the old Varsity Stadium and ended in a 2-2 draw in front of 9,023 fans, which at the time was the largest crowd ever to watch the Canadian women’s team in Canada.
“I am grateful that we could put together a game on such short notice and want to thank the WPS teams and officials for their flexibility in unique situation,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “We’ve been watching a lot of WPS games and it will be so nice to have all the players together who have performed well in the league. I am very happy that the USA and Canada could get together to organize this match.”
The quick arrangement of the match in Toronto means that the USA and Canada will play three times this summer as the two countries were already scheduled to meet twice in July in the United States, on July 19 in Rochester, N.Y., and on July 22 in Charleston, S.C. Tickets are available for both games through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Rochester and Charleston areas. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
The USA and Canada played five times in 2008, with the USA post a 4-0-1 record that included topping Canada in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Final in penalty kicks. One of the victories came in overtime in a Beijing Olympic quarterfinal, and the U.S. also edged Canada 1-0 in the Peace Queen Cup Final in South Korea.
The match presents an interesting and historic scenario for both teams’ star strikers as the USA’s Abby Wambach and Canada’s Christine Sinclair will each be going for their 100th career international goals in the same match, the first time that has ever happened in soccer history.
The match also marks the return to international play for Wambach for the first time since she suffered a broken leg in the USA’s final pre-Olympic match last July.
While the USA and Canada have played 44 times in their histories, the most meetings with the USA by any country other than Norway (45 games), the USA’s trip to Canada is certainly rare. Of the 44 matches, just four have been played in Canada, 25 have been in the United States and 15 at neutral sites. The USA is 3-0-1 against the Maple Leafs in matches played in Canada.
Source: US Soccer
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Posted by iamhannah on February 11, 2009
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Posted by iamhannah on February 7, 2009
With the announcement of Carolina Morace as Canada’s new national team manager on Thursday the Canadian Soccer Association has also announced a training camp in Los Angeles. The camp is to take place February 8 – 18 in Los Angeles, CA.
Canadian Women’s National Team California Camp Roster:
G- Stephanie Labbé (SWE / Piteå IF) | Stony Plain, AB
G- Karina LeBlanc (USA / Los Angeles Sol) | Maple Ridge, BC
G- Erin McNulty (USA / Florida State University) | Winnipeg, MB
D- Sasha Andrews (USA / Pali Blues) | Edmonton, AB
D/M- Melanie Booth (Unattached / sans club) | Burlington, ON
D- Allysha Chapman (USA / Louisiana State University) | Oshawa, ON
D/M- Candace Chapman (USA / Boston Breakers) | Ajax, ON
F- Jonelle Filigno (USA / Rutgers University) | Mississauga, ON
D- Martina Franko (Unattached / sans club) | Squamish, BC
M- Kaylyn Kyle (SWE / Piteå IF) | Saskatoon, SK
M/F- Kara Lang (USA / University of California-LA) | Oakville, ON
M- Diana Matheson (NOR / Team Strømmen FK) | Oakville, ON
D/M- Marie-Eve Nault (Unattached / sans club) | Trois-Rivières, QC
M- Kelly Parker (USA / Sky Blue FC) | Regina, SK
F- Jodi-Ann Robinson (Unattached / sans club) | Richmond, BC
M- Leah Robinson (Unattached / sans club) | Richmond, BC
D/M- Clare Rustad (Unattached / sans club) | North Vancouver, BC
M- Sophie Schmidt (USA / University of Portland) | Abbotsford, BC
F- Christine Sinclair (USA / FC Gold Pride) | Burnaby, BC
M- Chelsea Stewart (USA / Vanderbilt University) | The Pas, MB
F- Melissa Tancredi (USA / St. Louis Athletica) | Ancaster, ON
D/M- Brittany Timko (SWE / Piteå IF) | Coquitlam, BC
F- Amy Vermeulen (Unattached / sans club) | Saskatoon, SK
M- Amy Walsh (CAN / Comètes de Laval) | St-Hilaire, QC
M/DRhian Wilkinson (NOR / Team Strømmen FK) | Baie d’Urfé, QC
D- Emily Zurrer (USA / University of Illinois) | Crofton, BC
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Posted by iamhannah on February 5, 2009
TORONTO — Former Italian international star Carolina Morace is Canada’s next women’s soccer coach.
A source confirmed Morace is to be introduced at a news conference later Thursday. Morace, 45, succeeds Even Pellerud, who stepped down last year after leading Canada to the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics. The Norwegian native has since taken a job as head of the women’s program with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation.
Morace played 153 times for her country, scoring 105 goals. She is also the only woman in Europe to have coached a pro men’s team, having run Serie C side Viterbese.
She debuted for the Italian women’s national team in 1978, against Yugoslavia, at the age of just 14, and went on to captain the side.
She has also coached the Italian women’s national team and more recently served as a soccer TV analyst in Italy.
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Posted by iamhannah on January 12, 2009
Marta is finalizing a deal to sign with the Los Angeles Sol of the WPS. THE WPS or Women’s Professional Soccer league launches in March.
Christine Sinclair has been named Canadian women’s soccer player of the year for 2008. Sinclair has won the award for the last four years. In 2008 Canada won the Cyprus Cup and finished second in the Peace Queen Cup.
Sources: LA Times & CBC
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