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

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Match details:
June 11, 2015
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Edmonton, Commonwealth Stadium

Broadcast details:
19.00 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

New Zealand roster:

GK Erin NAYLER – (Norwest United AFC, NZL)
DF Anna GREEN – (No club affiliation)
MF Katie DUNCAN – (FC Zurich Frauen, SUI)
DF Abby ERCEG – (Chicago Red Stars, USA)
DF Rebekah STOTT – (No club affiliation)
DF Ali RILEY – (FC Rosengard, SWE)
FW Jasmine PEREIRA – (Three Kings United SC, NZL)
FW Amber HEARN – (FF USV Jena, GER)
FW Sarah GREGORIUS – (AS Elfen Saitama, JPN)
MF Kirsty YALLOP – (Vittsjo GIK, SWE)
MF Betsy HASSETT – (No club affiliation)
FW Rosie WHITE – (No club affiliation)
MF Katie BOWEN – (Univ. North Carolina, USA)
DF Meikayla MOORE – (Eastern Suburbs AFC, NZL)
MF Annalie LONGO – (Coastal Spirit FC, NZL)
FW Hannah WILKINSON – (Univ. Tennessee, USA)
DF Catherine BOTT – (Forrest Hill Milford United AFC, NZL)
MF Evie MILLYNN – (Eastern Suburbs AFC, NZL)
MF Daisy CLEVERLEY – (Forrest Hill Milford United AFC, NZL)
GK Rebecca ROLLS – (Three Kings United SC, NZL)
FW Emma KETE – (Fencibles United AFC, NZL)
GK Cushla LICHTWARK – (Upper Hutt City FC, NZL)


Canadian head coach John Herdman coached New Zealand for five years prior to taking the job in Canada.

Canada’s overall record against New Zealand, which dates back to 1987, is 6W – 2D – 1L.

Canada and New Zealand last met in 2012 at a friendly in Switzerland just before the 2012 Olympics. The Reds won 2:0 on goals by Christine Sinclair and Diana Matheson. Sophie Schmidt was named player of the match, while Karina LeBlanc earned the clean sheet.

This is New Zealand’s third consecutive Women’s World Cup and their fourth in history. In all of their previous appearances, they were eliminated in the opening round.

Canada and the Netherlands are tied for first in Group A with three points each, both with one goal for and none conceded.

It will be an all German officiating crew: Bibiana Steinhaus (referee), Katrin Rafalski (assistant referee 1), and Marian Wozniak (assistant referee 2).

Keep your eye on Christine Sinclair. She’s four 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 facing his old squad:

“It’s not about getting a result over your old team or trying to pull one over your old assistant coach. I think we’re way beyond on that.”

“It’s going to be a tough test for Canada. It’s going to come down to the New Zealand team are in a bit of desperation now. I’ve been there with them, where it’s the second game of the tournament and they need three points. But it’s going to be down to the fact Canada want those three points more because we want six points.”

Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan on Thursday’s match:

“I think that we’re all ready and we’re all prepared. We did a lot of behind the scenes, like watching film and watching the game against Netherlands. I think the team’s ready to go out there and perform.”

New Zealand head coach Tony Readings on facing Canada:

“We’re really excited ahead of this game. It’s a game we’ve been looking forward to since we arrived.”

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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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