The roster selected for Canada’s friendly versus the USA on January 31st in Texas is made up of experienced players and a couple of youngsters. Overall, it doesn’t differ a whole lot from the squad who suited up at the Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino in Brazil to close out 2013.
However, there are a couple of key notes:
– strikers Josee Belanger and Jonelle Filigno could both see some playing time. Belanger was with the team this fall, but didn’t suit up due to injury. Filigno was also hurt this fall and recently wrapped up her NCAA career. Filigno’s last game for Canada was April 2013, while Belanger’s was December 2010.
– Kadeisha Buchanan will play the USA for a second time in her young senior career. She faced off against the Americans on June 2, 2013 and did a fantastic job marking star striker Abby Wambach. Head coach John Herdman selected Buchanan as his player of the game for that match.
– the youngest player on the roster is defender Sura Yekka.
January 31st in Frisco, Texas
Kickoff – 21.00 ET / 18.00 PT
Sportsnet World and replay on Sportsnet One
GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Seattle Reign FC
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
D- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / Houston Dash
D- Rhian Wilkinson | Unattached / sans club
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Boston Breakers
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | USA / FC Kansas City
M- Brittany Baxter | unattached
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Josee Belanger | Unattached / sans club
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC
About the author:
Sandra Prusina is a journalist and broadcaster based out of Calgary, Canada. She has covered women’s soccer since 2010. She’s also a segment reporter for Olympic Broadcast Services, traveling to Vancouver, London and Sochi to work for the host broadcaster.