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

Photo by Canada Soccer / Ian Jackson

Photo by Canada Soccer / Ian Jackson

Match details:
June 15, 2015
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Montreal, Olympic Stadium

Broadcast details:
19.30 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

Netherlands roster:

GK- Loes GEURTS – (Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC, SWE)
DF-  Desiree VAN LUNTEREN – (AFC Ajax, NED)
DF- Stefanie VAN DER GRAGT – (Telstar, NED)
DF- Mandy VAN DEN BERG – (LSK Kvinner FK, NOR)
MF- Anouk DEKKER – (FC Twente, NED)
FW- Manon MELIS – (Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC, SWE)
MF- Sherida SPITSE – (LSK Kvinner FK, NOR)
FW- Vivianne MIEDEMA – (FC Bayern Munchen, GER)
MF- Danielle VAN DE DONK – (PSV/FC Eindhoven, NED)
FW- Lieke MARTENS – (Kopparbergs/Goteborg FC, SWE)
DF- Dyanne BITO – (Telstar, NED)
DF- Dominique JANSSEN – (SGS Essen, GER)
DF- Merel VAN DONGEN – (AFC Ajax, NED)
MF- Tessel MIDDAG – (AFC Ajax, NED)
MF- Maran VAN ERP – (PSV/FC Eindhoven, NED)
FW- Kirsten VAN DE VEN – (FC Rosengard, SWE)
MF- Jill ROORD – (FC Twente, NED)
FW- Vanity LEWERISSA – (Standard Liege, BEL)
FW- Shanice VAN DE SANDEN – (FC Twente, NED)
GK- Angela CHRIST – (PSV/FC Eindhoven, NED)

Photo by Canada Soccer / Ian Jackson

Photo by Canada Soccer / Ian Jackson


Canada’s overall record against the Netherlands, which dates back to 1988, is 8W – 2D – 0L.

The Canadians and the Dutch last met in the 2013 Cyprus Cup. The Reds won 1:0 on a goal by Christine Sinclair. Erin McLeod earned the clean sheet and was named player of the match.

This is the Netherlands first Women’s World Cup. They were the final European team to qualify for the tournament.

Vivianne Miedema is the player to watch for the Dutch. She might only be 18, but she’s already scored 19 times for her country.

Canada leads Group A with four points. The Netherlands and China are tied for second with three points. The Reds, along with Brazil, are the only teams not to have conceded a goal in the tournament thus far.

The officiating crew will be made up of referee Hyang Ok Ri from Korea DPR, assistant Kum-Nyo Hong also of Korea DPR and assistant South Korea’s Kyoung Min Kim. The fourth official is Romania’s Teodora Albon.

Desiree Scott and Allysha Chapman both have yellow cards. Another booking and they would be suspended for the next match.

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 the final group stage match:

“To stay in control of your destiny, you need three. Every game we wanted to get three points out of and make sure we won the group and then control our destiny and who we played against. We’re still in that control. Nothing’s changed. We’re here to win the game.”

Canada’s Josee Belanger on the team’s preparation:

“All of the players are still focused on that third game. We are connected. We’re adapting our playing style to the opponent that we face. So nothing’s changed. We’re just preparing for that next team for those details we need to fix.”

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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