Pregame notes: Canada v Switzerland – FIFA Women’s World Cup Round of 16

Photo by Canada Soccer / Ian Jackson

Photo by Canada Soccer / Ian Jackson

Match details:
June 21, 2015
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Vancouver, BC Place

Broadcast details:
16.30 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

Switzerland roster:

GK Gaelle THALMANN – (MSV Duisburg, GER)
DF Nicole REMUND – (FC Zurich Frauen, SUI)
DF Sandra BETSCHART – (Sunnana SK, SWE)
DF Rachel RINAST – (1. FC Koln, GER)
DF Noelle MARITZ – (VfL Wolfsburg, GER)
DF Selina KUSTER – (FC Zurich Frauen, SUI)
MF Martina MOSER – (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, GER)
MF Cinzia ZEHNDER – (FC Zurich Frauen, SUI)
MF Lia WAELTI – (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, GER)
FW Ramona BACHMANN – (FC Rosengard, SWE)
FW Lara DICKENMANN – (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA)
GK Stenia MICHEL – (FF USV Jena, GER)
MF Ana Maria CRNOGORCEVIC – (1. FFC Frankfurt, GER)
DF Rahel KIWIC – (MSV Duisburg, GER)
DF Caroline ABBE – (FC Bayern Munchen, GER)
MF Fabienne HUMM – (FC Zurich Frauen, SUI)
MF Florijana ISMAILI – (BSC Young Boys, SUI)
MF Vanessa BUERKI – (FC Bayern Munchen, GER)
FW Eseosa AIGBOGUN – (FC Basel 1893, SUI)
DF Daniela SCHWARZ – (Valerenga IF, NOR)
GK Jennifer OEHRLI – (BSC Young Boys, SUI)
MF Vanessa BERNAUER – (VfL Wolfsburg, GER)
FW Barla DEPLAZES – (FC Zurich Frauen, SUI)

Photo by Canada Soccer / Ian Jackson

Photo by Canada Soccer / Ian Jackson


Canada’s overall record against Switzerland, which dates back to 2002, is 4W – 1D – 0L.

The Canadians and the Swiss last met in the 2013 Cyprus Cup. The Reds won 2:0 after goals by Sophie Schmidt and Diana Matheson. Erin McLeod earned a clean sheet in the victory.

This is Switzerland’s first Women’s World Cup. In European Zone qualifying, they won their group by the greatest margin.

Although the Swiss came in third in Group C, they scored the most goals in three matches (11). The majority of those goals came in a 10-1 rout of Ecuador.

Switzerland forward Ramona Bachmann is second for goal scoring at the tournament with three.

Canada won Group A with five points. They defeated China 1:0 in their opener, while earning draws versus New Zealand (0:0) and the Netherlands (1:0) to make the Round of 16.

Ashley Lawrence’s goal against the Netherlands is the first time someone other than Christine Sinclair scored for Canada at the WWC since 2007.

If Kaylyn Kyle sees minutes during Sunday’s match, she’ll earn her 100th cap.

The officiating crew will be made up of referee Anna-Marie Keighley from New Zealand, assistant Sarah Walker also of New Zealand and assistant Allyson Flynn from Australia.

Keep your eye on Christine Sinclair. She’s four away from tying Mia Hamm for second most international goals at 158.


Canadian head coach John Herdman on facing Switzerland:

“The Swiss are a team that’s very organized defensively. Their attacking organization is very sound as well. The new coach has done a fantastic job with them. She’s got the best out of Ramona Bachmann and Lara Dickenmann. Those two are their key threats. They obviously have a lot of players who play at the highest of levels either in Sweden or Germany. But it really is Bachmann and Dickenmann that’s set that team alive and in very good form from what we can see in this tournament.”

“We have to find a way because we don’t have another chance. We don’t get another chance at this game. Our style and our approach will have to be better to overcome what this Swiss are going to throw at us.”

John Herdman on Sophie Schmidt’s hip injury:

“It’s one of those injuries that’s not too serious. It’s one of those bone muscle bruises that take a while to shake off. She’ll have to push right through the pain barriers for the next few days.”

“The tournament is just starting to begin now. These are the big games where big players step up and that’s what we’re hoping for Sophie Schmidt. This is where you get a chance to sort of write your own name in football history when you play in these big matches.”

John Herdman on Diana Matheson’s potential return:

“With Diana, she just suffered a little setback prior to the game against the Netherlands with a little mild quad sprain. She’ll be on our roster for selection. The Round of 16 was our target for Diana’s comeback. The light is looking amber to green at the minute.”

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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