• Sunday Jun 21, 2015

    Three Points: Canada v Switzerland

    A wall of Canadian players (pictured) jumps during a FIFA Women's World Cup game against the Netherlands on June 15, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images) 

    VANCOUVER, Canada – FIFA Women’s World Cup host Canada returns to action Sunday in a critical round of 16 clash with Switzerland at BC Place. 

    Here are Three Points to consider ahead of the game: 

    1) Survive and advance

    After topping a tightly-contested Group A with five points, Canada is targeting its first knockout stage victory in a World Cup since defeating China, 1-0, in the 2003, when it takes on the Swiss.  In group play, the Canadians opened with a 1-0 win over China, before draw against New Zealand (0-0) and the Netherlands (1-1). Boasting one of the most talented teams in program history, the Canada is led by a well-structured defense, as well as the goal-scoring prowess of captain Christine Sinclair.  Switzerland, on the other hand, finished third in Group C, narrowly qualifying for the round of 16 on goal differential.  The Swiss’ deciding +7 margin came thanks in large part to a 10-0 demolition of Ecuador in their second group stage fixture.  The winner of Sunday’s collision will face either England or Norway at BC Place on June 27.  

    2) How healthy is Sophie Schmidt?

    Just five days after being subbed out of Les Rouges’ final Group A match against the Netherlands with a  bone bruise on her hip, Canadian lynchpin Sophie Schmidt appears set for a return to action on Sunday.  The question remains, however, just how effective Schmidt can be only four days removed from requiring crutches?  An invaluable piece of the Canadian puzzle, Schmidt serves as the primary link between the midfielder and Sinclair within the team’s 4-3-3 formation.  Also capable of wreaking havoc from dead-ball scenarios, Schmidt’s health and functionality will play a decisive role.  

    3) Raucous atmosphere expected at BC Place

    While tournament host Canada has certainly enjoyed massive crowd support in both Edmonton and Montreal, no other venue will provide it with the type of atmosphere expected to be on hand at BC Place.  Along with being considered home by most of the players and technical staff, Vancouver has acted as manager John Herdman’s primary training base since arriving in 2011.  With a capacity crowd in excess of 54,000 expected to be on hand Sunday, Herdman and company will have the full weight of the nation providing support against the Swiss.  

    Bonus Points

    • Canada leads the all-time series between the two teams, with three wins and one draw in four all-time meetings. 
    • Canada is 1W-0D-1L in Women’s World Cup knockout stage games.
    • Attacker Christine Sinclair is currently ranked third all-time in international goals scored (154). She trails formes United States legend Mia Hamm by four goals for second.  
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