The next couple of weeks will be something special for Melissa Tancredi. First up is her 100th appearance in red and white silks, when the squad takes to the pitch for their friendly versus England. Not only will she achieve the milestone in Canada, she’ll do it surrounded by family and friends in the city where she grew up. Just a week and a day later, the 33-year-old will hit the field in Edmonton for the opening match of the Women’s World Cup.
Don’t let Desiree Scott’s small stature fool you. She’s one of the most imposing central defensive midfielders in the women’s game because of her grit, determination and work ethic.
When you speak to centre back Carmelina Moscato, you soon learn that the journey isn’t always easy. However, when you get there, it’s worth it. She was recently named to her third Women’s World Cup team and she can’t wait to hit the pitch in June to represent her country.
With 40 days until their opening match, head coach John Herdman named his 23-player Women’s World Cup roster. The squad features a blend of experience and youth.
Sophie Schmidt has been a permanent fixture on the Canadian team for many years. The midfielder has over 130 appearances to her name since her senior debut in 2005. Her most successful year statistically was just a year ago, when she led the squad in scoring with six goals.
Soldier and warrior are two words that first come to mind when describing Rhian Wilkinson. The defender has been through all the ups and downs with the national team during her long-tenured career, which began in 2000 as a member of the youth program. In 2014, she became the third female player to make her 150th appearance for Canada.
The Road to Canada 2015 player interview series begins with Karina LeBlanc, who truly embodies the sport and what it means to not only be a Canadian athlete, but the responsibilities of being a role model.