Closer look at Canada’s 2015 Pan American roster

Photo by Canada Soccer - Bob Frid

Photo by Canada Soccer – Bob Frid

Schedule:
Canada vs Ecuador – July 11th, Hamilton
Canada vs Costa Rica – July 15th, Hamilton
Canada vs Brazil – July 19th, Hamilton

Matches will air on Sportsnet.

Roster:
F- Janine Beckie | Littlejohn, COL, USA | USA / Texas Tech University
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | Brampton, ON | USA / West Virginia University
F- Gabrielle Carle | Lévis, QC | CAN / AS Armada Chaudière-Est
F- Nkem Ezurike | Halifax, NS | USA / Boston Breakers
M- Emma Fletcher | Victoria, BC | USA / University of California
M- Jessie Fleming | London, ON | CAN / London Nor’West SC
M- Sarah Kinzner | Calgary, AB | CAN / Calgary Foothills SC
GK- Stephanie Labbé | Stony Plain, AB | Unattached
M- Ashley Lawrence | Toronto, ON | USA / West Virginia University
F- Marie Levasseur | Stoneham, QC | CAN / CS Haute St- Charles
D- Kinley McNicoll | Oakville, ON | USA / University of Wisconsin
D- Victoria Pickett | Barrie, ON | CAN / Glen Shields Soccer Club
F- Nichelle Prince | Ajax, ON | USA / Ohio State University
D- Rebecca Quinn | Toronto, ON | USA / Duke University
GK – Kailen Sheridan | Whitby, ON | USA / Clemson University
D- Chelsea Stewart | Highland Ranch, CO, USA | USA / Western New York Flash
M- Danica Wu | Edmonton, AB | GER / Herdorfer
D- Shelina Zadorsky | London, ON | SWE / Vittsjö

Canada at 2011 Pan American Games / Image via Canada Soccer

Canada at 2011 Pan American Games / Image via Canada Soccer

Notes:
The oldest player on the roster is goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe at 28, while the youngest is striker 16-year-old Gabrielle Carle.

Chelsea Stewart has the most senior caps (44) and was a member of the 2012 Olympic bronze medal team. Kadeisha Buchanan is next in line with 40.

In the past year and a half, Jessie Fleming has played in the U-17 Women’s World Cup, U-20 Women’s World Cup and Women’s World Cup.

Ashley Lawrence, Jessie Fleming, Kadeisha Buchanan, and Stephanie Labbe are all coming off representing Canada at the recent Women’s World Cup.

Kinley McNicoll captained last year’s U-20 Women’s World Cup squad.

Gabrielle Carle, Emma Fletcher, Sarah Kinzner, Marie Levasseur, Kinley McNicoll, Victoria Pickett, and Kailen Sheridan had not yet made their senior debuts.

Chelsea Stewart and Nkem Ezurike are currently members of NWSL clubs, while Shelina Zadorsky and Danica Wu are playing professionally in Europe.

Daniel Worthington is the group’s head coach. John Herdman will serve as an assistant.

Canada won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Since 1999, Canada has also won silver and bronze medals.

Quotes:

Head coach Daniel Worthington:

“We are approaching this event with an Olympic depth focus and with ’the future’ in mind of increasing the current and future positional threshold of Canada’s Women’s National Team. It is a great opportunity for these girls to gain tournament expertise against five international teams that will pose different challenges.”


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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