OTTAWA – Canada will field an experienced squad, when it visits the United States for a women’s international friendly on January 31 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Head coach John Herdman announced Saturday a 19-player roster that is highlighted by the inclusion of forward Christine Sinclair and midfielder Diana Matheson.
“The objective is to see if we can get a result,” said Herdman. “It’s always the same end whether we can put that performance together that can upset the world number one.”
The Canadians are returning to play for the first time since defeating Scotland, 1-0, on December 22, 2013, in the match for third place at the Torneio Internacional de Futebol Feminino in Brasilia, Brazil.
With the objective of increasing offensive production, Herdman recalled Josee Belanger and Jonelle Filigno at the forward position.
Belanger, who was a key element in Canada’s qualifying campaign for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, has five scored goals in 11 career games. Due to an ankle injury, she has not pulled on the red jersey since 2010.
Filigno has won 55 caps and was recently allocated to Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League. The 23-year-old scored four goals in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2011 Women’s World Cup
“Both players are returning back from lengthy times out so we’ve just got to hope that the players are ready for that sort of intensity,” noted Herdman. “Because when you play the USA everyone knows it’s a different type of game: fast, physical, and another level to what you experience in your own training session.”
CANADA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
(International Friendly: January 29, 2014, away v United States at Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas)
GOALKEEPERS: Stephanie Labbé (Örebro/Sweden), Karina LeBlanc (Chicago Red Stars/USA), Erin McLeod (Houston Dash/USA)
DEFENDERS: Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia University/USA), Carmelina Moscato (Seattle Reign/USA), Marie-Eve Nault (Örebro/Sweden), Lauren Sesselmann (Houston Dash/USA), Rhian Wilkinson (no club), Sura Yekka (Brams United), Emily Zurrer (Jitex BK/Sweden)
MIDFIELDERS: Kaylyn Kyle (Boston Breakers/USA), Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit/USA), Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC/USA), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City/USA), Brittany Baxter Timko (no club)
FORWARDS: Josee Belanger (no club), Jonelle Filigno (Sky Blue FC/USA), Adriana Leon (Chicago Red Stars/USA), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns/USA)