Meet the 2014 Canadian U-20 Women’s World Cup squad

Photo by Canada Soccer - Bob Frid

Photo by Canada Soccer – Bob Frid

For 21 Canadians, an unforgettable journey is about to begin. Not only is it a World Cup, it’s a World Cup taking place on home soil. It’s not an exaggeration to say this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Head coach Andrew Olivieri’s team includes five players who are already seeing regular senior squad duty, four who suited up at this year’s U-17 Women’s World Cup, and 16 of them have international tournament experience through previous U-17 or U-20 World Cups.

The roster includes three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and four forwards.

Defender Kinley McNicoll will wear the armband as team captain.

It all begins August 5th, when the Canadians play their opening match in Toronto against Ghana. They are joined with Finland and North Korea in Group A.

The Canadians have had success at this tournament, finishing second in 2002, when it was still called the U-19 Women’s World Championship. That final match between Canada and the US was played in front of over 48,000 fans at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.

Here’s a look at the 2014 21-player roster:

GK – Kailen Sheridan
Pickering, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2010 at the age of 15
– won silver at 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– represented Canada at 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup

GK – Rylee Foster
Kitchener, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2013 at the age of 15
– won silver at 2013 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– represented Canada at 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup

GK – Marie-Jöelle Vandal
Longueuil, QC
– entered Canadian program in 2014 at the age of 18
– represented Team Quebec at 2013 Sherbrooke Canada Summer Games
– spent 2014 W-League season playing for Quebec Dynamo ARSQ

D – Lindsay Agnew
Kingston, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2011 at the age of 16
– won silver at 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– represented Canada at 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup

D – Kadeisha Buchanan
Toronto, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2010 at the age of 14
– represented Canada at 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup
– earned first senior cap in 2013 against China at Yongchuan Cup as 17-year-old

D – Jordane Carvery
Scarborough, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2011 at the age of 15
– led provincial team to U-16 silver medal in 2012 CSA National All-Star Championships
– currently a member of the LSU women’s soccer program

D – Kinley McNicoll
Oakville, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2010 at the age of 15
– won gold medal at 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– represented Canada at 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup

D – Victoria Pickett
Newmarket, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2012 at the age of 15
– won silver at 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– represented Team Ontario at 2013 Sherbrooke Canada Summer Games

D – Rebecca Quinn
Toronto, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2010 at the age of 14
– represented Canada at 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup
– earned her first senior cap as 18-year-old during the 2014 Cyprus Cup against Italy

Photo by Canada Soccer - Bob Frid

Photo by Canada Soccer – Bob Frid

D – Sura Yekka
Toronto, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2012 at the age of 15
– earned her first senior cap in October 2013 during a friendly versus Korea Republic as a 16-year-old
– represented Canada at 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup

D – Kylie Davis
Pointe-Claire, QC
– entered Canadian program in 2009 at the age of 15
– won gold medal at 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– represented Canada at 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup and 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup

M – Jessie Fleming
London, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2012 at the age of 14
– debuted for the senior squad as a 15-year-old during 2013 Torneio Internacional Brasilia against Chile
– was captain of Canadian 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup team

M – Emma Fletcher
Victoria, BC
– entered Canadian program in 2010 at the age of 15
– returned to Canadian program after representing New Zealand at 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup
– playing college soccer with LSU, earning SEC All-Freshman Team, Second-Team All-SEC and TopDrawerSoccer.com Freshman Best XI First Team honours in 2013

M – Vanessa Gregoire
Montréal, QC
– entered Canadian program in 2013 at the age of 16
– 2013 Quebec Youth Player of the Year
– will begin playing college soccer this fall with the Princeton Tigers

M – Sarah Kinzner
Calgary, AB
– entered Canadian program in 2012 at the age of 15
– won silver at 2013 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– represented Canada at 2014 U-17 Women’s World Cup

M – Ashley Lawrence
Toronto, ON
– represented Canada at 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup and was captain at 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup
– won silver at 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– earned first senior cap at 17 in 2013 against China at Yongchuan Cup

M – Ashley Campbell
Bradford, ON
– three-time Ontario Cup Champion
– two-time Athlete of the Year and MVP at Holy Trinity High School
– playing college soccer with Dayton Tigers, where she led the team in goals and points in sophomore season

F – Janine Beckie
Regina, SK
– spent time growing up in Canada and US, playing soccer in both countries
– named 2012 Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year during high school
– during sophomore college season, named to NSCAA All-Central Region First Team and earned All-Big 12 First Team honours

Photo by Canada Soccer - Bob Frid

Photo by Canada Soccer – Bob Frid

F – Amandine Pierre-Louis
Montréal, QC
– entered Canadian program in 2011 at the age of 16
– won silver at 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– represented Canada at 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup

F- Nichelle Prince
Ajax, ON
– entered Canadian program in 2010 at the age of 15
– represented Canada at 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup
– earned first senior cap as 17-year-old in 2013 against China at Yongchuan Cup

F- Valerie Sanderson
Laval, QC
– entered Canadian program in 2010 at the age of 15
– won silver at 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
– represented Canada at 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup

 

 


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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