2015 Cyprus Cup preview

Photo by Canada Soccer - Ville Vuorinen

Photo by Canada Soccer – Ville Vuorinen

Tournament details:
March 4 – 12, 2015
Cyprus

Matches:
March 4th: Canada v Scotland, GSP Stadium
March 6th: Canada v Korea Republic, GSP Stadium
March 9th: Canada v Italy, GSZ Stadium
March 11th: Finals

Canada roster:

GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Chicago Red Stars
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Houston Dash
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | USA / West Virginia University
D- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
D- Robyn Gayle | unattached / sans club
D- Carmelina Moscato | unattached / sans club
D- Marie-Eve Nault | SWE / KIF Örebro
D- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Duke University
D- Rhian Wilkinson | USA / Portland Thorns FC
D- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Jitex BK
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Portland Thorns FC
M- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County Ladies FC
M- Sophie Schmidt | unattached / sans club
M- Selenia Iachelli | unattached / sans club
M- Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia University
F- Josée Bélanger | CAN / Comètes de Laval
F- Janine Beckie | USA / Texas Tech University
F- Christina Julien | GER / FF USV Jena
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Melissa Tancredi | USA / Chicago Red Stars

Notes:

Canada finished fifth at last year’s Cyprus Cup. The red and white have, however, won the tournament on three occasions, with the most recent time being in 2011.

Canada last faced Scotland in December of 2013 and earned a 1:0 win at the Torneio Internacional Brasilia, thanks to a goal from Sophie Schmidt. Canada and Mexico’s most recent meeting was last month. Canada defeated China 2:1 in their last match (January 11 2015). Janine Beckie scored her first senior goal in the victory.

Christina Julien returns to the roster and does so with plenty of momentum. She leads her German team, USV Jena, in scoring with six goals.

Lauren Sesselmann has not yet returned to the roster after injuring her ACL during training for last year’s edition of this tournament. Her last appearance was January 31, 2014.

Kaylyn Kyle and Melissa Tancredi are nearing the 100 cap milestone. They both have 94. Christine Sinclair is just seven goals shy of tying Mia Hamm’s 158 total, which is second on the all-time list.

Quotes:

Head coach John Herdman
“This Cyprus Cup has a clear outcome and that clear outcome is building that team cohesion similar to what we did in the Four Nations (in China) where we built a depth in the squad.”

“In Cyprus, it’s about the cohesion in the group of players to go and win football matches.”

“We’ll be only three months out from a World Cup with probably only a few more games after this tournament. We’re starting to define the players roles and responsibilities in the team environment and the team culture.”


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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7 thoughts on “2015 Cyprus Cup preview

  1. I think this was Canada’s most recent meeting with Mexico.
    Bao’An Cup, China
    January 13, 2015
    Canada 2 Sinclair (80′), Leon (47′)
    Mexico 1 Charlyn Corral ( 79′)

  2. Pingback: Notes: Herdman on Cyprus Cup and injuries | Northern Kick

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