February 26, 2021

Priestman includes six players who were not included in his first list as Canada football coach

Bev Priestman has named six players who were not selected from his first list as coach of the Canadian women’s team.

Bev Priestman has named six players who were not selected from his first list as coach of the Canadian women’s team.

The 34-year-old Priestman, who took over the team in November after Kenneth Heiner-Moller withdrew from a training mission in his home country of Denmark, has named a 29-man squad for next week’s two-week camp ahead of the Sheffields. Cup in Orlando.

The list for the four-team tournament scheduled for February 18-24 at Exploreia Stadium will be reduced to 23. The Canadian women, who are ranked eighth with Brazil in the FIFA rankings, are not in the United States at number one. 10 Japan and Brazil.

Goalkeeper Riley Foster (Liverpool FC), defenders Bianca St Georges (Chicago Red Stars) and Jade Rose (Super Rex Ontario), midfielders Samantha Chang (University of South Carolina) and Jordin Listro (former Orlando Brady).

Rose, 18, attended two senior camps on Feb. 12, but has yet to earn a hat.

All but Vince worked with Priestman in his previous role as Canadian youth coach. This is the first time Soccer has brought Canada, the highest scoring player at the University of South Florida, and he is currently on loan from NWSL’s Sky Blue FC to Paris FC.

Veterans include Captain Christine Sinclair (296 caps), Diana Mattson (206 caps), Sophie Schmidt (199 caps), and Desiree Scott (157 caps). Goalkeeper Erin McLeod (118 caps) receives his first call-up in 2019 after returning from injury.

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The 37-year-old Sinclair is proud to have set a world record of 186 international goals at the Florida Games.

“The pre-match camp is designed to give any player who is not in season the opportunity to engage in valuable preparation for the Sheffields Cup,” Priestman said in a statement.

“It also provides an opportunity to see where the players are in selecting our final 23-man roster for the Sheffields Cup.”

Priestman has a good handle on Canada’s young talent. From 2013 to 2018, she worked as an assistant coach under John Hertman, helping to develop skills for the Canadian Women’s Program, and worked with her in New Zealand.

She returned home in August 2018, having worked with the English women’s team and English youth coach Bill Neville as No. 2.

The 11 players on the Canadian camp list are currently with teams in Europe, five in England, five in France and one in Sweden. There are 11 players from the NWSL, five from American colleges and two players from the development Super REX Ontario program.

The Canadian women have never played 2-2 with Brazil in a match in France since March 10. The Canadian camp scheduled for the UK was halted in October on the advice of medical experts due to the epidemic.

All four teams have qualified for the Tokyo Games in the Sheffields Cup, finishing second for the Canadian Americans at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championships last February.

The four also formed the knockout stage of the 2019 World Cup in France. Teams from Canada, Brazil and Japan were eliminated in round 16.

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The reigning champions, the Americans, have won the Sheffields Cup three times. France won in 2017 and England in 2019.

Canada

Goalkeepers: Riley Foster, Liverpool FC (England); Stephanie Lab, FC Rosencord (Sweden); Erin McLeod, Orlando Pride (NWSL); Kylan Sheridan, Sky Blue FC (NWSL).

Defenders: Kadisha Buchanan, Olympic Leonois (France); Vanessa Gilles, FC Girondins de Bordeaux (France); Jade Rose, Super Rex Ontario; Shelina Sadorski, Tottenham Hotspur (England); Gabriel Carley, Florida State University; Allisha Chapman, Houston Dash (NWSL); Ashley Lawrence, Paris Saint-Germain (France); Bianca St. Georges, Chicago Red Stars (NWSL); Jayte Rivier, University of Michigan.

Midfielders: Samantha Chang, University of South Carolina; Jesse Fleming, Chelsea FC (England); Julia Grosso, University of Texas; Jordin Listro |, Orlando Pride (NWSL); Diana Matheson, FC Kansas City (NWSL); Quinn, OL Rein FC (NWSL); Sophie Schmidt, Houston Dash (NWSL); Desire Scott, FC Kansas City (NWSL).

Forward: John Becky, Manchester City (England); Jordin Hudima, Paris Saint-Germain; Adriana Leon, West Ham United (England); Nichel Prince, Houston Dash (NWSL); Dean Rose, University of Florida; Christine Sinclair, Portland Pin; Olivia Smith, Super Rex Ontario; Evelyn Vince, Paris FC (France).

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 25, 2021

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press