• Wednesday Dec 09, 2015

    Canada, Mexico women to meet Wednesday in Brazil

    Action from the CONCACAF Women's Olympic qualifier between host Canada (red jersey) and Mexico on January 27, 2012, in Vancouver. (Photo: Mexsport)

    NATAL, Brazil – A pair of CONCACAF rivals with aspirations of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Women’s Football Tournament in Rio de Janeiro will square off against each other in Brazil on Wednesday.

    Canada and Mexico will have the chance to gauge what life could be like in the South American country next year, as well as scout each other for a possible encounter in the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, when they meet at the Arena das Dunas.

    The match is part of the Torneio Internacional de Natal de Futebol Feminino, an annual four-team event that also includes another CONCACAF side in Trinidad & Tobago and the host nation.

    “The first match against Mexico is going to give us an interesting test,” said Canada head coach John Herdman. “We know a little bit about Mexico. They know about us. We've played each other a lot, so I am pleased it is a team we know and give these younger players an opportunity to test themselves.“

    On his roster, Herdman included four players age-eligible for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship, which is currently being contested in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Even without those potential squad members, the Canadian youngsters posted a perfect 3W-0D-0L record in Group A play to earn a berth in Friday’s semifinals.

    Clearly, Herdman is giving youth a chance.

    “Some of them experienced it in the Pan Ams, but we know a month and a half out from an Olympic qualifier this is going to be Mexico's best squad and it's going to be a tough match,” the 40-year-old commented.

    This will be the second time Canada and Mexico tussle this year. In January, the Canadians posted a 2-1 win on goals by Adriana Leon and Christine Sinclair. Veronca Charlyn Corral netted for the Mexicans.

    How will Canada approach the game, knowing that the probability of the sides seeing each other again in February is a high?

    Herdman was not willing to divulge much.

    “How much are we going to show Mexico knowing that they could be our fourth place, third place playoff, or even a finalist in the CONCACAF Qualifying Championship,” he finished. “There’s a little bit of hiding some of your cards.”

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