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Morace Resigns as Canadian Head Coach Following Disastrous WWC

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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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Match Preview: September 15 Canada vs. Germany

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.

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The Canadian Women’s National Team’s Upcoming Schedule

As the Canadians prepare for the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, the team will train together for approximately 7 straight weeks. Here is a detailed look at their upcoming plans, including a home game at BMO Field on September 30 against China.

The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) recently announced details of the Women’s National Team’s (World No. 13) plans as they prepare for the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in hopes of advancing to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany.

The last time the Canadian squad was together, a 10 day camp was held in Gaithersburg, Maryland May 2010. Canada played an exhibition game against the Washington Freedom of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) on May 23 at the Maryland SoccerPlex, which resulted in a 3-3 tie. Midfielder Kelly Parker led the team with 3 assists, setting up goals by Christina Julien, Christine Sinclair, and Jodi-Ann Robinson. Training continued as the team relocated to Norway for a week-long camp in early June, playing an international friendly against the World No. 6 at Fart Stadium in Hamar that ended in a 1-1 draw. Josée Bélanger scored her first goal and had her second cap at the Senior level that day.

Most recently, head coach Carolina Morace called up 24 players to train in Rome, Italy from August 25 to September 12. The team will have two practice sessions a day, and will play exhibition games against Femminile Serie A club teams Roma and Lazio September 1 and 8 respectively. Morace played for Lazio from 1984-85 and 1986-89. Lazio is also the former club of Sky Blue FC striker and Leslie Osborne collarbone breaker Patrizia Panico (1998-2003).

Notably absent from the roster are players with WPS commitments. Candace Chapman, Karina LeBlanc, Kelly Parker, and Christine Sinclair, presuming they are called-up and released, are expected to join the rest of the national team in Germany when they prepare to play an international friendly against the World No. 2 in Dresden, Germany on September 15. This will be an ideal opportunity for the Canadians to get a feel for the type of atmosphere to expect if they play in next year’s Women’s World Cup. The match will take place at Rudolf Harbig Stadion, one of the venues set to host during the 2011 WWC, including three group games in addition to a quarter-final match. The 22, 933 capacity stadium is home to 3rd Liga club team Dynamo Dresden.

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Germany's 21 Player Roster For United States Friendly

Name, birthday, club, caps, goals



1 Nadine Angerer 10.11.1978 1. FFC Frankfurt 91
12 Ursula Holl 26.06.1982 FCR 2001 Duisburg 4
3 Saskia Bartusiak 09.09.1982 1. FFC Frankfurt 33    
10 Linda Bresonik 07.12.1983 FCR 2001 Duisburg 60 5    
15 Sonja Fuss 05.11.1978 1. FC Köln 65 3    
17 Ariane Hingst 25.07.1979 1. FFC Frankfurt 165 10    
5 Annike Krahn 01.07.1985 FCR 2001 Duisburg 61 4    
23 Navina Omilade 03.11.1981 VfL Wolfsburg 60    
26 Bianca Rech 25.01.1981 FC Bayern München 20    
7 Melanie Behringer 18.11.1985 FC Bayern München 58 16    
18 Kerstin Garefrekes 04.09.1979 1. FFC Frankfurt 118 38    
14 Kim Kulig 09.04.1990 Hamburger SV 17 3    
6 Simone Laudehr 12.07.1986 FCR 2001 Duisburg 33 7    
27 Alexandra Popp 06.04.1991 FCR 2001 Duisburg 5 2    
8 Inka Grings 31.10.1978 FCR 2001 Duisburg 83 57    
16 Martina Müller 18.04.1980 VfL Wolfsburg 88 29    
13 Celia Okoyino da Mbabi 27.06.1988 SC 07 Bad Neuenahr 48 6    
9 Birgit Prinz 25.10.1977 1. FFC Frankfurt 204 126    
25 Isabell Bachor 10.07.1983 FC Bayern München 30 3    
24 Conny Pohlers 16.11.1978 1. FFC Frankfurt 67 28    
21 Lisa Weiß 29.10.1987 SG Essen-Schönebeck 1    


This is a little terrifying but 64 goals have been scored in the 09-10 Bundesliga season between Germany’s four selected strikers. Inka Grings leads the pack with 30.

Of the fifteen players Germany used in the 2010 Algarve Cup Final, nine will be available for this match.