Pregame notes: Canada v Germany – U-20 Women’s World Cup Quarter-Final

 

Match details:
August 16, 2014
U-20 Women’s World Cup Quarter-Final
Edmonton, Commonwealth Stadium

Broadcast details:
CBC
20.00 ET / 18.00 MT / 17.00 PT
A live webstream will be available at cbcsports.ca.

Canada roster:

1 – GK – Kailen Sheridan | USA / Clemson University
2 – D – Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
3 – D – Kinley McNicoll | USA / University of Wisconsin
4 – D – Kylie Davis | CAN / Comètes de Laval
5 – D – Kadeisha Buchanan | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
6 – D – Rebecca Quinn | USA / Duke University
7 – M – Ashley Campbell | CAN / Toronto Lady Lynx
8 – M – Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC
9 – F – Nichelle Prince | CAN / Toronto Lady Lynx
10 – M – Ashley Lawrence | CAN / Ottawa Fury FC
11 – F – Janine Beckie | USA / Texas Tech University
12 – D – Victoria Pickett | CAN / Glen Shields
13 – D – Lindsay Agnew | USA / The Ohio State University
14 – M – Vanessa Grégoire | CAN / Comètes de Laval
15 – D – Jordane Carvery | CAN / Glen Shields
16 – M – Sarah Kinzner | CAN / Calgary Foothills
17 – F – Amandine Pierre-Louis | CAN / Comètes de Laval
18 – GK – Marie-Joëlle Vandal | CAN / Dynamo de Québec
19 – F – Valérie Sanderson | CAN / Comètes de Laval
20 – M – Emma Fletcher | USA / Louisiana State University
21 – GK – Rylee Foster | CAN / Woodbridge SC

Germany roster:

1 – GK – Meike KAEMPER – (MSV Duisburg, GER)
2 – D – Manjou WILDE – (SC Freiburg, GER)
3 – D – Felicitas RAUCH – (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER)
4 – D – Margarita GIDION – (SGS Essen, GER)
5 – D – Franziska JASER – (North Carolina State Univ., USA)
6 – M – Lina MAGULL – (VfL Wolfsburg, GER)
7 – M – Kathrin SCHERMULY – (Eintracht Wetzlar, GER)
8 – D – Rebecca KNAAK – (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, GER)
9 – F – Pauline BREMER – (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER)
10 – F – Linda DALLMANN – (SGS Essen, GER)
11 – M – Theresa PANFIL – (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, GER)
12 – GK – Merle FROHMS – (VfL Wolfsburg, GER)
13 – M – Sara DAEBRITZ – (SC Freiburg, GER)
14 – D – Marie BECKER – (Harvard Univ., USA)
15 – D – Wibke MEISTER – (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER)
16 – D – Joelle WEDEMEYER – (VfL Wolfsburg, GER)
17 – M – Jennifer GAUGIGL – (FC Bayern Muenchen, GER)
18 – F – Lena PETERMANN – (Univ. South Florida, USA)
19 – M – Rieke DIECKMANN – (SV Meppen, GER)
20 – F – Madeline GIER – (SGS Essen, GER)
21 – GK – Anna KLINK – (Bayer 04 Leverkusen, GER)

Notes:

Photo by Canada Soccer - Bob Frid

Photo by Canada Soccer – Bob Frid

Canada and Germany have only met twice at this tournament. One ended in a draw and the Germans came away with three points in the other meeting.

This marks Canada’s first quarter-final match at the U-20 Women’s World Cup since 2004.

In the last ten years, Germany has won the tournament twice (2004, 2010), finished as runners up once (2012) and earned two third place finishes (2002, 2008). The German side has also done well capturing individual awards, with two Golden Ball winners, one Golden Boot winner and one Golden Glove winner since the tournament’s inception.

Three German players are currently in the top five for scoring: Sara Daebritz (5 goals), Pauline Bremer (3 goals) and Theresa Panfil (3 goals).

Janine Beckie leads the way for the red and white. She’s scored twice, including the crucial game winner in Canada’s final group stage match against Korea DPR.

Thus far, Canada has scored all four of their goals in the second half, whereas all three of the goals they have conceded came in the opening 22 minutes.

Canadian GK Kalien Sherdian has played in all three matches. She’s made 11 saves and and sits in the top five for save percentage at 78.6%.

Canada’s Ashley Lawrence, Janine Beckie and Kadeisha Buchanan all go into this match sitting on yellow cards.

Argentina’s Salome Di Iorio will be the referee for this match. She’ll be joined by assistants from Uruguay and Argentina. The fourth official hails from Colombia.

Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and the Canadian team have a special relationship. It was the host venue during the tournament’s inaugural edition in 2002, where Canada finished second. Over 47,000 people were on hand to witness the final between the home nation and USA.

Quotes:

Canadian captain and defender Kinley McNicoll
“We’ve gone through footage and we’ve come up with ways to solve the problems that we’ve faced in the last game and we’re going to use those solutions and put them into the Germany game.”

Canadian forward Janine Beckie
“I don’t think we could be more ready. Germany are just another team for us. They’re great opponents, I’m excited to play them, but I think where we’re at now will keep propelling us through. We have our Canadian DNA and we never give up.” (FIFA.com)

German defender Manjou Wilde
“This is going to be very good. They’re going to have many fans in the stadium and I’m sure it’s going to be a good game.” (Edmonton Sun)

“I think we are playing as a team and we don’t have offensive weaknesses or defensive weaknesses. We all play together.” (Edmonton Sun)


 

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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2 thoughts on “Pregame notes: Canada v Germany – U-20 Women’s World Cup Quarter-Final

  1. I think the key for Canada is to avoid turnovers in midfield. Those players who like to dribble have to be extra cautious. The Germans are very difficult to beat one on one. Better to rely on short passing. I notice that BRA actually had better possession than GER. Canada should try to do the same. The defenders will probably need help with the speedy Germans on the outside. The German defenders sometimes lose track of their woman for no apparent reason so there could be chances created if Canada can advance the ball into attacking positions.

    • I watched the Germany/China match very closely. The Germans are deadly on the flanks and their fullbacks really like getting involved in the opposition’s third. Marking them closely will be critical for Canada. I think Kadeisha Buchanan and Rebecca Quinn handle the middle soundly. However, the midfielders will need to support Sura Yekka and Kinley McNicoll on those sides to allow complete coverage. I wonder if Canada would consider going to a 4-4-2 against Germany.

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