Canada’s head coach Carolina Morace has announced a 25 player roster for the September 15 international friendly against Germany in Dresden. Twenty-one players were selected from an 18 day camp held in Rome, Italy from August 25 to September 12, and the arrival of four others from Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) rounded out the squad. The match against Germany will take place at Rudolf Harbig Stadion at 6pm local time (12pm EST/ 9am PST), and will be broadcasted live on ARD in Germany.
The team held its first full training session in Dresden, Germany on September 13 at the Dresden Dynamo practice field. They will train again on the morning of the 14th. Morace, along with captain Christine Sinclair and co-captain Diana Matheson, will take part in a pre-game press conference the same day (1:30pm local time).
The roster is a mixture of veteran and youth presence. As noted on the Canadian Soccer Association website, 11 players from this roster have FIFA Women’s World Cup and/or Olympic experience. On the other hand, 7 players only recently debuted on the Senior National Team in 2009 or 2010, including Kendra Flock, Christina Julien, Alyssa Lagonia, Brooke McCalla, Caley Miskimmin Desiree Scott, and Chelsea Stewart. Additionally, 2 players, Gurveen Clair and Bahar Sansar, are yet to be capped at this level, and 12 of the 25 players have 10 caps or less. The eldest is Karina LeBlanc at 30 years of age and the youngest is 18 year-old Clair. The mean age of the roster is 24, while the average age is 24.32.
Sinclair is the highest capped player with 138 appearances. Matheson could earn her 100th cap if she plays in the match against Germany. If so, that achievement would make her the 6th Canadian Women’s National Team player to reach that milestone, following Charmaine Hooper, assistant coach Andrea Neil, Sinclair, Randee Hermus, and Amy Walsh. Matheson could also be the 2nd youngest player to make 100 appearances for the team at the age of 26 (Sinclair was 24 when she hit the century mark, while the others were above the age of 28). Sinclair is also the team’s all-time leader in goals with 101.
Heading into the match against Germany, Morace has compiled a record of 7 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses in her 2 seasons thus far in official matches (2009: 2 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses; up to August 2010: 5 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss).
After lining up in a 4-4-2 for much of the 2009 season, Morace has favoured a 4-3-3 formation since the 2010 Cyprus Cup. Despite stating that a variety of formations and positions were experimented with during their camp in Rome, it is unclear what those changes were. Canada will likely line up against Germany with a starting 11 similar to the one that faced off against the Washington Freedom in May of this year.
Wilkinson – Chapman – Zurrer – Nault
Parker – Moscato – Matheson
Julien – Sinclair – Tancredi
Canada will have an uphill battle against a team they have never beaten or drawn against. Germany has won all 9 of the previous meetings between the two teams. The last match they played against each other was an international friendly on September 4, 2005 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Of the latest roster, only Lang, LeBlanc, Matheson, Tancredi, and Wilkinson were rostered that day. The team put 3 goals past then 27 year-old Nadine Angerer, including a header by Lang, but the game winning goal was scored by German stalwart Birgit Prinz.
Morace was interviewed by the German Football Association last week, discussing both teams, her plans for Canada, as well as her time as a player. With Rudolf Harbig Stadion being 1 of 9 host venues for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the match will give the Canadians a preview of the atmosphere and level of play to expect next year. Most importantly, the only way for the World No. 13 to learn and improve is to play against the top ranked teams. Morace went on to praise the German National Team for their offence and possession-style of play. She also revealed that she has yet to settle on the final starting line up for the upcoming CONCACAF WWC Qualifiers, which runs from October 28 to November 8.
Following the match against Germany, Canada will face off against China on September 30 at BMO Field in Toronto. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.ca / 416.872.5000) and the BMO Field box office. Group tickets of 20+ can be purchased at a discounted price through the Ontario Soccer Association.
The September 15 game is the first of two home-and-away matches that Canada and Germany will play against each other. Canada will host Germany sometime during the last quarter of 2011 when both teams prepare for the 2012 London Olympics.
Note: The Canadian Women’s National Team will travel to Ontario, Canada following their stay in Germany. On September 19, Kara Lang and Diana Matheson, along with the rest of the team, will host a clinic in their hometown of Oakville. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend the event at Pine Glen Soccer Centre. The clinic will focus on “passing/first touch, dribbling and 1v1 moves, and small-sided games”. National Team players will also be on hand for photographs and autographs. At the event, please make a donation to the Haitian national team that was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake earlier this year. For more information, visit www.oakvillesoccer.ca, and sign up for the event by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, Wilkinson has blogged that their “training sessions in Toronto and in Nottawasaga will be open to the public”.
|Canada vs. Germany All-Time||Location||Stadium||Type of Match||Result||Attendance|
|04/09/2005||Edmonton, AB, CAN||Commonwealth Stadium||Friendly||L 3 – 4 GER|
|01/09/2005||Burnaby, BC, CAN||Swangard Stadium||Friendly||L 1 – 3 GER|
|24/04/2005||Hildesheim, GER||Friendly||L 2 – 3 GER|
|21/04/2005||Osnabrück, GER||Friendly||L 1 – 3 GER||6,825|
|20/09/2003||Columbus, OH, USA||Crew Stadium||2003 FIFA WWC||L 1 – 4 GER|
|17/06/2001||Oberhausen, GER||Friendly||L 1 – 7 GER|
|14/06/2001||Goch, GER||Friendly||L 0 – 3 GER||3,800|
|27/07/1994||Montréal, QC, CAN||Friendly||L 1 – 2 GER|
|15/12/1987||Tapei, TAI||Taiwan Cup||L 0 – 1 GER|