Pregame notes: Canada v China – FIFA Women’s World Cup

Photo by Canada Soccer

Photo by Canada Soccer

Match details:
June 6, 2015
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Edmonton, Commonwealth Stadium

Broadcast details:
16.00 MT/local

Canada roster:

GK- Stephanie Labbé | unattached / sans club
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 | unattached / sans club
D- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / Houston Dash
D- Rhian Wilkinson | USA / Portland Thorns FC
D- Emily Zurrer | unattached / sans club
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC
M- Selenia Iacchelli | unattached / sans club
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Portland Thorns FC
M- Ashley Lawrence | USA / West Virginia University
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Desiree Scott | ENG / Notts County Ladies
M- Sophie Schmidt | unattached / sans club
F- Josée Bélanger | unattached / sans club
F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Sky Blue FC
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Chicago Red Stars
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
F- Melissa Tancredi | USA / Chicago Red Stars

China roster:

GK – ZHANG YUE 1990-09-30 – Beijing
DF – LIU SHANSHAN 1992-03-16 – Hebei
MF – PANG FENGYUE 1989-01-19 – Dalian
DF – LI JIAYUE 1990-06-08 – Shanghai
DF – WU HAIYAN 1993-02-26 – Shandong
DF – LI DONGNA 1988-12-06 – Suwon FCM FC Korea
MF – XU YANLU 1991-09-16 – Jiangsu
MF – MA JUN 1989-03-06 – Sports Toto FC Korea
DF – WANG SHANSHAN 1990-01-27 – Tianjin
FW – LI YING 1993-01-07 – Shandong
MF – WANG SHUANG 1995-01-23 – Wuhan
GK – WANG FEI 1990-03-22 – FFC Turbine Potsdam
MF – TANG JIALI 1995-03-16 – Shanghai
FW – ZHAO RONG 1991-08-02 – Beijing
MF – LEI JIAHUI 1995-09-22 – Henan
FW – LOU JIAHUI 1991-05-26 – Henan
FW – GU YASHA 1990-11-28 – Beijing
MF – HAN PENG 1989-12-20 – Tianjin
MF – TAN RUYIN 1994- 04-13 – Guangdong
FW – ZHANG RUI 1989-01-17 – Army
MF – WANG LISI 1991-11-28 – Jiangsu
GK – ZHAO LINA 1991-09-18 – Shanghai
MF – REN GUIXIN 1988-12-19 – Changchun

Team China arrives in Canada / Photo by Canada Soccer

Team China arrives in Canada / Photo by Canada Soccer


Canada and China’s most recent meeting was at the Four Nations Tournament in January, where the Canadians came out on top 2:1. Christine Sinclair scored the brace in the win.

Canada’s overall record versus China, which dates back to 1987, is 7W-5D-14L. However, Canada has not lost to China since a friendly in 2010.

Canadian Jessie Fleming is the fifth youngest player at this edition FIFA Women’s World Cup. To counter that, Canada has the third oldest team at the tournament.

Canada’s most experienced player is captain Christine Sinclair (223 caps), followed by Diana Matheson (166) and Rhian Wilkinson (163). For China, Gu Yasha (87) has the most appearances.

Ukraine referee Kateryna Monzul will be in charge of the match. Ukraine’s Natalia Rachynska and Sanja Rodak of Croatia will be the assistant referees. France’s Stephanie Frappart is the fourth official.

This is the first match of the group stage for Canada. They’ll face New Zealand on Thursday evening in Edmonton.

Keep your eye on Christine Sinclair. She’s five away from tying Mia Hamm for second most international goals at 158. American Abby Wambach continues to be in first place with 182.


Canadian head coach John Herdman on injuries to Diana Matheson, Rhian Wilkinson and Marie-Eve Nault:

“They’re just returning to play. The goal is to get them back in this tournament. That’s why we’ve kept them in the squad. Wilkinson, she’ll be back a bit quicker than Matheson. And Matheson, we’ve got a return to play plan, hopefully last game of the first round. If not, we’re into the knockout and that’s where we expect Diana to come back.”

John Herdman on the team’s vibe ahead of the opener:

“No, they’re really chilled out. I think just being at home’s been nice for them. I think they’re less nervous now because they’re just in familiar surroundings.”

John Herdman on expectations:

“Are we the favourites for the event? No. Can we get on a roll in this tournament with our country behind us? Yes. This group of women believe they can go all the way. They’ve got a greater purpose than any other team at this event.”

John Herdman on forward Melissa Tancredi’s role:

“She’s a big game-player, we all know that about Mel. She got her four goals at the Olympics which I think changed the Olympics for us because it took a bit more pressure off Christine, it took the tactical focus off Christine for the opposition teams. But one thing you know with Mel, when the big games come she’ll deliver for you.”

Goalkeeper Erin McLeod on John Herdman’s influence:

“He’s pushed me as a human being every single day. It’s about being the best people that we can be first and then obviously doing what we need to do on the soccer pitch.”



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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