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Morace Resigns as Canadian Head Coach Following Disastrous WWC

Good news? Bad news?
Head coach Carolina Morace and her staff, including assistant coach and former Canadian national team midfielder Andrea Neil, resigned Wednesday, July 20 during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 debriefing and analysis meeting with the Canadian Soccer Association and other stakeholders.

Under Morace’s guidance since February 2009, Canada rose to their highest ever ranking of 6th in the world, all while claiming first place trophies at the Cyprus Cup (twice), the Torneio Internacional Cidade de São Paulo (Four Nations Tournament in Brazil) and the 2010 CONCACAF Gold Cup, and defeating quality opponents like England and Sweden.

Ben Rycroft of It’s Called Football points out that between January 1, 2009 and June 25, 2011, Canada played more matches than Brazil, France, Germany, Japan and USA. Additionally, the team spent 114 days of 2011 training overseas in various camps.

Based on these results and preparations, Big Red headed into the WWC seemingly poised to capture its best ever results, even medal.

As it turned out, the team gravely fell short of expectations, losing all three games and failing to advance past the group stage for the fourth time. Canada’s best result at the WWC was in 2003 when they upset China in the quarter-finals and eventually placed fourth overall.

After a closely fought 2-1 match against Germany that featured a stunning free kick goal by Christine Sinclair that snapped the host’s 622-minute WWC shutout streak, Canada lost its composure and was hounded by France 4-0, and fell 1-0 to Nigeria. Canada finished last in the 16-team tournament and registered three shots on goal.

Since the loss to France, murmurings began to circulate of Morace potentially stepping down, but she bluntly stated, “Yes, I want to continue,” following the match against Nigeria.

All else indicated that Morace would remain as head coach. The Globe and Mail‘s Stephen Brunt said of the dynamic between Morace and the CSA, “This is a very tense relationship. It’s a bad marriage at this point, or at least a very fractious marriage, but it is going to continue.”

With Morace’s sudden resignation last week, CSA General Secretary Peter Montopoli told The Canadian Press, “Yes, I would say we were surprised.”

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Canada Awarded Rights to Host the 2015 Women’s World Cup

Canadian Soccer Association/FIFA Trophy Tour

My apologies for such sporadic updates! Here’s a rundown of some CanWNT related news.

2015 Women’s World Cup
The Bid

After submitting their Women’s World Cup 2015 Bid Book on February 11, the anti-climactic announcement came on March 3 when the FIFA Executive Committee officially named Canada as the host of the seventh WWC tournament. Their lone competitor, Zimbabwe, withdrew its bid a day earlier. The tournament will expand from 16 to 24 teams and from 32 matches to 52, reportedly running from mid-June to mid-July. Canada will also stage the 2014 U-20 WWC. Canada previously bid for the 2011 WWC, but hosting rights went to Germany.

2014 and 2015 will mark the fourth and fifth World Cups that Canada has hosted, previously being the site of the 1987 U-17 World Cup, the inaugural U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002, and the U-20 World Cup in 2007.

A minimum of six cities were required in the bid submission. The seven current candidates include Edmonton, Alberta; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Moncton, New Brunswick; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Notably absent from the bid (yet got more press attention than cities actually interested in hosting) is Toronto, who will be busy staging the 2015 Pan American Games July 10-26 and the ParaPan American Games August 7-14. Toronto was reportedly included in the initial bid process, but Tourism Toronto eventually declined to take part. However, the opportunity to become a host city is still open. The CSA General Secretary Peter Montopoli revealed that if Toronto changed its decision then, “they have to follow up and be a part of everything that everybody else has gotten to this point and this stage right now.”

Ian Troop, CEO of Pan Am Toronto 2015, told The Globe and Mail,

Yes, there were discussions [with the Canadian Soccer Association]… It comes down to logistics. The issue is practicality; we have to take into consideration the need to prepare the site for the Pan Am sports program as well as accommodating the professional [soccer] team’s schedules… This is a great opportunity for six other markets in Canada to take advantage of a FIFA tournament. Plus those markets will have the opportunity to enhance their own infrastructure because of it.

If hosting duties in 2015 do not pan out for Toronto or other cities interested in hosting, they could still potentially be the site of U-20 WWC matches a year earlier.

Official host cities will be announced in late 2011 or early 2012 pending FIFA site inspections of stadium facilities and other local infrastructures this fall, including “the airport, transportation routes, accommodations and restaurants”. It’s widely reported that stadiums require a capacity of at least 20,000.

In support of the 2014 U-20 WWC and 2015 WWC, the federal government has pledged funding for up to $15 million in operating costs. While candidate host cities have slightly different budget structures depending on local funding, the official bid guidelines suggests $2.75 million to be provided by the province, the city to contribute $400,000 in cash and in-kind services along with the $25,000 bid fee, and for the province and city to spend a combined $100,000 for a local “World Cup cultural festival.”

Montopoli also highlighted the budget forecast: the two WWC are expected to break even; the operating budget for the U-20 WWC is between $15 and $20 million while the WWC will cost $40 million; other sources of funding include sponsorships, ticket sales and a FIFA subsidy for the youth tournament. Not included in the budget is $1 billion in infrastructure upgrades.

The Venues
Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, which famously hosted the 2002 U-19 WWC finals between Canada and the US in front of a sold out crowd, is the largest facility in the bid, seating 60,000. While the stadium requires a minimum of $100 million in renovations, the seating capacity makes it an ideal site for big games like the semi-finals and quarter finals. Commonwealth Stadium has also been noted as a potential championship game host.

Halifax requires a new stadium to be built. A $100,000 feasibility study is currently in progress.

The yet to be built stadium in Moncton Stadium, on the campus of the University of Moncton, features a natural grass surface. The stadium opened in 2010 to host the IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics. While the venue has a permanent seating capacity of 10,000, there are plans to double that number. A preliminary schedule has the city hosting four teams for seven games; Shane Porter, Moncton’s director of festivals and special events, points out that as many as nine games could take place in the city.

Home of the NASL Montreal Impact (and the 2012 MLS expansion team), Saputo Stadium will undergo an estimated $22 million in upgrades, expanding from 13,000 seats to 20,000.

In Ottawa, Frank Clair Stadium, located in the “multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility” Lansdowne Park, requires major renovations, including installing stands on the south side. However, redevelopment of Lansdowne, which also features new condominium and retail space, is threatened by a lawsuit claiming that the project was illegally approved. The hearing has since been delayed until June 2011. With the WWC, Ottawa is projected to attract more than 20,000 visitors and to generate $12 million in economic activity.

The early budget by Vancouver city council indicates that $400,000 will be spent over four years in preparation for the WWC, while the city’s sport hosting budget will provide $100,000 each year from 2012 to 2015. The Whitecaps MLS franchise is among the local stakeholders reportedly involved in the bid process. BC Place Stadium, which features “FIFA-approved Polytan artificial turf”, appears to be another frontrunner in hosting the 2015 WWC final given its 55,000 seating capacity. The stadium is currently undergoing a $563 million renovation, which includes a new retractable roof.

Winnipeg’s new football stadium, located on the campus of the University of Manitoba, is set to be completed in the summer of 2012. Hector Vergara, Executive Director of the Manitoba Soccer Association, pointed out that the artificial turf will not be an issue, “For the Women’s World Cup, FIFA will allow two-star synthetic grass fields… For the senior men’s (World Cup), it’s a requirement that it has to be natural grass.”

2011 Women’s World Cup
The FIFA/OC Welcome Tour for Germany 2011
is in the midst of visiting countries participating in this summer’s WWC. On March 11, Ottawa was the tenth stop of the 15 country tour. OC President Steffi Jones also symbolically passed down the torch from the current WWC hosts to Canada, who will stage the tournament in 2015.

Canada and Germany will open the 2011 WWC June 26 at Olympic Stadium in Berlin. At the moment, over 60,000 of the 75,000 tickets have been sold for the opener, breaking the previous 44,500 attendance record for a women’s soccer match in Europe, which was set on April 22, 2009 when Germany played Brazil in Frankfurt. The tournament runs until July 17 with matches played in 9 stadiums across the country.

Canadian fans will be able to catch all the WWC games on CBC and Rogers Sportsnet. “For the first time in history every match of the tournament… will be broadcast live in Canada.” CBC will air all Canadian matches live, as well as 3 of 4 quarter-finals, a semi-final, the third place and championship games. Rogers Sportsnet will air live coverage of non-Canadian group matches, the other quarter-final match, and several encore broadcasts. Telelatino (TLN) will also be airing all 32 matches.

As reported back in September, AllWhiteKit got an exclusive tip about the possibility of two Canadian home friendlies before the WWC. With the USWNT hosting Japan May 14 and 18, along with another friendly on June 5 (possibly against Mexico), I wouldn’t be surprised if Canada was to play at least one of those teams.

Following the 2011 WWC
Canada will host a friendly against Germany in late 2011. The 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament for the 2012 London Olympics will also be played in Canada.

Finally, you need some of this in your life: Barbra Streisand- CanWNT dance

Things happened
World No. 6
FIFA released the latest Women’s World Rankings
on March 18. Canada reached a historic high of sixth place after earning 54 points and jumping 3 spots, more than any other nation. Since the last ranking in November 2010, Canada has compiled 8 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. The top 3 remains unchanged with the USA, Germany and Brazil respectively, while Japan moved up 1 spot for a team high fourth place, overtaking Sweden in the process. France, Korea DPR, Norway and England round out the rest of the top 10.

China’s Four Nations Tournament
Canada kicked off the 2011 season competing in the Yongchuan Cup Four Nations Tournament in China, January 21-25. The opening match was a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory against China. After falling 2 goals behind in the first half, Melissa Tancredi scored in the 56′, and then assisted on Christine Sinclair’s equalizer in the 80′. During the dying moments of stoppage time, the pair combined again for Sinclair’s game winner in the 94′.

The CanWNT record 11 game unbeaten streak (9W, 2D) came to an end with a 2-1 loss to the USWNT. This was their first defeat since the September 15, 2010 5-0 drubbing by Germany. Lauren Cheney opened the scoring in the 54′ while Tancredi answered back just two minutes later. Lindsay Tarpley’s goal in the 71′ would prove to be the difference maker.

Sinclair notched her third goal of the tournament when she barrelled past the Swedish defence to take the closing game 1-0. The US took home the top prize, while Canada finished in second place, followed by China and Sweden.

Front page of the sports section
News of head coach Carolina Morace’s resignation following the 2011 WWC hit headlines on February 4. Days later, details of ongoing compensation disputes between the CanWNT and the Canadian Soccer Association came to light. In support of their coach, the team threatened to boycott international competition if the issues between Morace and the CSA weren’t resolved. While Morace’s tenure is yet to be sorted out, the boycott was eventually lifted on February 25 just days before to the Cyprus Cup.

Cyprus Cup champions (again)
With an all-time record of 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at the tournament, the CanWNT claimed its third Cyprus Cup title. Staged from March 2-9, group play started off with a pair of 1-0 wins over Scotland and Italy with goals by Emily Zurrer and Jonelle Filigno respectively. Veterans Sinclair and Brittany Timko then lifted the team to a 2-0 victory over England.

Zurrer and Filigno would strike again during the championship match against the Netherlands. In the 20′, Filigno intercepted a defensive pass to put Canada ahead 1-0. The game was forced into extra time when the Dutch left back, Claudia van den Heiligenberg, tied things up in the 40′. Starting goalkeeper Erin McLeod was injured during a play in the 89′ and was immediately replaced by Stephanie Labbé. Just a few minutes into extra time, Matheson served a corner kick and Zurrer rebounded her own header. With her first two international goals, the 23 year-old central defender scored two game winners.

The Cyprus Cup also marked two other milestones for the CanWNT. The team debuted a 4-1-4-1, adding to their arsenal of other formations (4-4-2, 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1) that Morace has been experimenting with. They also wore their new Umbro kits for the first time. The jerseys will be available in stores June 1, so get ready to suit up, fans!

Pictures from the Canada vs. China Friendly

To conclude our coverage of Canada’s September 30th friendly against China, here are some pictures from that night. Hope everyone enjoyed the reports and interviews! Keep coming back to AWK for the latest news and discussions on women’s soccer from around the globe. Thanks for reading!

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Interview with Christine Sinclair

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Do you really need me to provide context? Maybe I’ll just leave it at this: Christine Sinclair is the Canadian poster child for “awesome”!

Okay, fine.

As a Portland Pilot, Sinclair scored 110 goals and guided the team to 2 national championships, all while reaping back-to-back M.A.C. Hermann Trophy awards and breaking Brandi Chastain’s NCAA record by scoring in 17 consecutive games. She also led the Canadian U-19 Women’s World Cup team to a second place finish at the inaugural tournament in 2002, scoring 10 goals to secure the Golden Boot and Golden Ball awards as the tournament’s top scorer and MVP respectively. Sinclair was an integral part of FC Gold Pride’s tandem of unstoppable offensive threats, scoring 10 goals and providing 9 assists en route to winning the 2010 WPS Championship and Regular Season Title. Since debuting on the Senior squad in 2000 as a 16 year-old, and subsequent World Cup and Olympic appearances, Sinclair has scored 102 goals. Perhaps it’s fitting that the very team she debuted (and lost) against 10 years ago, China, was the same team she blasted a goal past during Canada’s 3-1 victory last Thursday.

All White Kit: Carolina has had you guys lining up in a 4-3-3, which is a bit different from what you used to play. How has that changed your role as a striker? Is it fluid movement among the 3 of you?

Christine Sinclair: Yeah, we’re rotating all over the place up top. She wants movement, she wants creativity and unpredictability, whereas before, under Even, it was very rigid and we were in our set positions. This is a lot more interesting game to play under Carolina.

AWK: That sort of style has obviously brought you guys a lot of success over at Gold Pride. Congratulations about that. Can you talk a little bit about those two goals, the final, celebrating and all that?

CS: Thank you very much! Wow, it was a long day. It was the perfect end to a great season for FC Gold Pride. We completely dominated the league and I think it would have been so unfair had we not won that championship. To score two goals is obviously very nice, but we had so many attacking options on our team. Our motto is that they can’t stop us all. And they couldn’t in the final.  Continue reading

Interview with Diana Matheson

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If you’re looking to name a hard working midfielder then Diana Matheson has to be mentioned. The 4-time first-team All-Ivy honouree led the Princeton University Tigers (2004-2007) with 23 goals and 26 assists. Since debuting for the Senior National Team as an 18 year-old in 2003, Matheson has played every minute in 91 of her 101 caps. Most recently, she displayed her tenacity in Canada’s September 30 friendly against China while patrolling the midfield and playing great one-touch soccer with her teammates. Matheson started the match with a bang, scoring the opening goal after making a great run from the centre circle to the 18-yard box. Perhaps AWK likes the idea of Western New York signing her?

All White Kit: You, Kara Lang and the rest of the team recently hosted a clinic with the Oakville Soccer Club to help raise money for the Haitian National Team. Talk a little bit about that, and your experience playing for OSC as you were growing up.

Diana Matheson: I had a great experience growing up with OSC. It’s a huge soccer club and they do a great job with women’s soccer. Kara grew up there as well, so they do okay in producing soccer players I think ;). The clinic went really well. I think we basically wanted to try and connect with girls’ soccer players out there. With Kara and I being from Oakville and they being such a good club, we thought of them first. The club did a great job organizing the event, and Carmelina Moscato and Kara organized it on our end and the drills and everything. We did 2 hours of coaching with the girls and it was a great turnout. I think we had about 300 people from age 4 to age 51. We did signings afterward and we met everyone. It was a great experience for us.

AWK: Did you and Kara grow up playing against each other?

DM: No, Kara’s 2 years younger so we never played against each other.

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Interview with Carolina Morace

Since taking over as the head coach of the Canadian Senior and U-20 Women’s National Teams in February 2009, Morace has always made it clear that her intentions are to implement a possession-oriented style that wouldn’t hinder the creativity of her players. A highly successful striker herself, Morace scored 105 goals in 153 appearances for the Italian National Team and absolutely dominated Italy’s Femminile Serie A with 550 goals over her 20 year club career before moving on to coach at the club and National levels. After seeing the promising performance that Canada had against China last Thursday, there’s no doubt that the new training drills and game tactics have reinvigorated Morace’s team.

All White Kit: You played China this past April and since then they’ve made a coaching change. You played them again in a scrimmage on Sunday [September 26]. Did you notice any differences in how the Chinese team plays?

Carolina Morace: I know that the coach has changed since China didn’t qualify for the Women’s World Cup. I think the team was also good when we played them in China and we lost 2-0. We played against them, also, two days ago. The team is very organized and many players are fast and good players. The Chinese team is good.

AWK: The team’s been playing a 4-3-3 since the beginning of 2010. Is that the formation we should expect against China or even during the CONCACAF Qualifiers?

CM: During our previous game [the closed door scrimmage], we played a 4-4-2. I think that we can play both. I have to decide. It’s based on two different things: I have to decide which players are good or are fit and then I’ll decide afterward.

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Interview with China’s Captain Xu Yuan

Dubbed as the “next Sun Wen”, the Chongqing native was a part of the Chinese team that won 2nd place at the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, defeating Nigeria, Italy, Kara Lang’s Canada, and Marta’s Brazil in the process. Xu’s soccer journey began after being inspired by the Chinese National Team’s silver medal wining performance at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. The 24 year-old forward debuted on the Senior squad in December 2007, and wore the captain’s armband for the first time during China’s September 30 friendly against Canada.

Xu was kind enough to have a quick chat with All White Kit following the team’s practice that ended at 8pm on a cold night before game day. She ended up being the last person to board the team bus, so I didn’t want to bother her with a whole list of questions and wasn’t able to ask about the game.

All White Kit: How would you compare your previous coach to your current coach?

Xu Yuan: With the previous coach [Shang Ruihua], each training session was really long. Our current coach [Li Xiaopeng] understands us very well as a team. He doesn’t normally coach women’s teams, so he treats us in the same type of way that he’d treat a men’s team.

AWK: Can you describe a typical day of training with the National Team?

XY: I’d say the daily training sessions are different each time. Sometimes we practice our defence and sometimes we practice our attack. Honestly, each day’s training is done for the purpose of becoming more competitive for future games.

AWK: What’s your favourite soccer memory? And who’s your soccer idol?

XY: It’d be the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was my first Olympic experience and I scored a goal during our first match [against Sweden 6 minutes into the game, nonetheless]. And my favourite soccer player is Brazil’s Ronaldo.

A special thanks to Elaine Sun for making this interview possible! And a shout out to my Mom for speaking 5 languages/dialects and helping to translate this interview.

Interviews with Kara Lang and Stephanie Labbé

Prior to Canada’s September 30 friendly against China at BMO Field, several players took the time to speak with All White Kit. Here’s what they had to say:

 

Kara Lang
The former UCLA Bruin entered college as the #1 recruit. She set UCLA freshman records in goals and assists (17g, 6a), both of which were integral to her team’s 22-2-2 record in 2005 and their appearance at the NCAA College Cup Final that year. Her soccer potential was spotted early on as she made her Senior National Team debut at the age of 15 and signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the W-League as a 16 year-old. Following several U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cup appearances, Lang has represented the Senior squad at two WWCs, including a 4th place finish at the 2003 tournament, and the quarter-finals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Lang chatted with All White Kit about sponsorship deals, recovering from injuries, World Cup qualifying, and what to expect from China.

 

All White Kit: I’ve noticed that you and Stephanie Labbé have been tweeting about Umbro lately. Talk about that sponsorship and how you’re working with them.

Kara Lang: Recently, a bunch of us actually signed with Umbro and set up a deal, so they’re sponsoring us and giving us free boots. We’re all really excited about it and we’re happy to work with their company. It’s nice to be with a company that’s so enthusiastic about soccer and so supportive of us and our goals as players.

AWK: Do you know who else has signed with them as well?

KL: Carmelina Moscato, Emily Zurrer, Diana Matheson, Melissa Tancredi, Stephanie Labbé, and Brittany Timko.

AWK: You’ve recovered from last year’s ACL tear, but then you had a bit of a foot injury during the latter part of the Whitecaps’ season that kept you from playing. Is everything okay now? Back to full training and playing?

KL: Yeah, my foot’s completely healed. The stress fracture healed really well, so that’s good. I’m still kind of going through the recovery process with my knee. I’m about 100%, but now I’m kind of getting used to being back on the field and doing my best to crack the starting line up.

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Post-Match: Canada vs. China

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On September 30 at BMO Field, Canada’s 3-1 victory over China was a promising display of what Carolina Morace’s team is capable of executing. The long ball game and rigid player roles of Even Pellerud and Canada’s past were replaced by a free flowing squad who held possession with quick passes and attacked aggressively.

Lining up in a 4-3-3, Canada didn’t hesitate to test China’s backline right from the get-go. Just 6 seconds into the game, forward Josée Bélanger got into the final third to set up Kaylyn Kyle, but Kyle’s chip bounced harmlessly into the box.

In the 2nd minute of play, Bélanger hustled down the right wing again and won a corner kick after the ball deflected off a Chinese defender. Diana Matheson served a high arching ball into the box that Christine Sinclair headed on target, but was cleared out of bounds by #2 Liu Huana on the near post.

Canada’s second ensuing corner kick turned into China’s advantage instead. After pinging around in the air, a heavy touch by Marie-Even Nault allowed China to play a 20 yard through ball to an unmarked #8 Xu Yuan for a breakaway opportunity. The Canadians were caught playing a high defensive line and could only retreat as they watched Karina LeBlanc tip the shot over the bar.

China’s first corner kick of the match in the 4th minute was played short, and Bélanger was there to intercept. It was difficult for China to gain any sort of rhythm with Canada constantly stepping in to challenge their passes. Kyle was a bully in the midfield and had a great sequence early on in the game with about 4 or 5 interceptions in the span of a minute, all on different parts of the pitch.

The Canadian defence had their fair share of interceptions as well. At one point, Candace Chapman stepped high in the midfield to cut off a through ball, and Carmelina Moscato‘s pass sparked an attack with Matheson and Melissa Tancredi playing one touch passes to one another to advance the ball while making good use of space. This was one of Canada’s many attacks throughout the night that displayed the possession-oriented and quick passing style that Morace has been trying to implement since taking over the team in early 2009.

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Canada vs. China: Match Preview and Notes

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Canada is facing China tonight at BMO Field in Toronto. The match kicks off at 7:30 EST/4:30 PST and will be broadcasted live on Rogers Sportsnet East and Rogers Sportsnet Ontario.

This is a rare opportunity to play at home. Prior to 2008, Canada didn’t play a home game in over two years. Since then, one home game a year has been the norm, all of which have been held at BMO Field.

China has brought a really young team to face Canada and the US. 11 of the 23 players are from the 2006 U-20 WWC Russia and/or Thailand 2004, winning silver at both tournaments. That means that about half of the team was born on or after 1985. (I’ll give you better stats in another post). Veterans Bi Yan and Han Duan did not make the trip due to injuries.

The team is being revamped after a disappointing result at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup that meant China failed to qualify for the Women’s World Cup for the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1991. Shang Ruihua took over as the head coach in 2008 after the team’s rocky relationship with Frenchwoman Elisabeth Loisel (2007-2008). Shang was replaced by Li Xiaopeng (not that Captain Obvious should butt in, but it’s the footballer Li Xiaopeng and not the gymnast, although that would be interesting =)) earlier this summer. Li is a former defensive midfielder for the Chinese National Team, and made a rare World Cup appearance in 2002.

Canada has been training since camp opened in Rome on August 25. After winning two exhibition games against Italian club teams in early September, Canada lost 5-0 to Germany in front of a raucous crowd of 20,431 in Dresden. The team relocated to Alliston, Ontario for more training on September 21 and played a closed door scrimmage on the 26th against China with a 1-1 result.

Following tonight’s match, China will face the USWNT in Kennesaw, Georgia October 2 at Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium and in Chester, Pennsylvania October 6 at PPL Park. China is preparing for the 16th Annual Asian Games in November and is targeting a gold medal finish. Canada will return to training after a short break. Camp will resume at Nottawasaga Inn & Resort in Alliston, Ontario on October 4 and go until the 14. They will have open training sessions, so both fans and media are invited to attend. Continue reading