Pregame notes: Canada versus Finland, Cyprus Cup – March 5, 2014

Canada’s all-time record against Finland: 2W-1L-1T

Canada roster:

GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Robyn Gayle | USA / Washington Spirit
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 – injured and has returned home.
D- Rhian Wilkinson | Unattached / sans club
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
D- Rachel Quon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Boston Breakers
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County Ladies
M- Brittany Baxter | unattached
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Josée Belanger | Unattached / sans club
F- Nkem Ezurike | USA / Boston Breakers

Finland roster:

Tinja-Riikka Korpela, Tyresö FF
Minna Meriluoto, Vittsjö GIF
Vera Varis, FC Honka
Susanna Lehtinen, KIF Örebro
Katarina Naumanen, Pallokissat
Anna Westerlund, Lillestrøm SK
Tuija Hyyrynen, Umeå IK
Laura Kivistö, PK-35 Vantaa
Katri Nokso-Koivisto, PK-35 Vantaa
Heidi Kivelä, PK-35 Vantaa
Nora Heroum, Åland United
Ella Vanhanen, Åland United
Emmi Alanen, Umeå IK
Annika Kukkonen, KIF Örebro
Linda Ruutu, PK-35 Vantaa
Marianna Tolvanen, Åland United
Sanna Saarinen, PK-35 Vantaa
Sanna Talonen, KIF Örebro
Adelina Engman, Åland United
Juliette Kemppi, Åland United
Sanna Ylianttila, ONS
Canada v Finland - 2013 Cyprus Cup / Photo by Canada Soccer

Canada v Finland – 2013 Cyprus Cup / Photo by Canada Soccer

Odds and ends:

Stephanie Labbe, Marie-Eve Nault, Sanna Talonen, Annika Kukkonen and Susanna Lehtinen play together professionally at KIF Örebro.

Canada’s first match against Finland was on March 16th, 2000 at the Algarve Cup. Canada won 2-1 thanks to goals from Isabelle Harvey and Amy Walsh. A young Christine Sinclair played 90 minutes and she’s the only current active member to have suited up in the game. Nicole Wright was in goal for Canada.

Canada’s most recent match against Finland was at last year’s Cyprus Cup on March 8th, 2013.  Canada won 2-0 after first half goals by Jonelle Filigno and Sinclair. The game also marked Sinclair’s return from suspension. Labbe and Karina LeBlanc split duty in goal. The win secured a spot in the Cyprus Cup final for Canada.

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.





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