Canada looking to continue progression at Yongchuan Cup
Posted on 15 January 2013 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team
Canada will take on Norway, and former Women’s National Team coach, Evan Pellerud on Wednesday in the team’s final match of the 2013 Yongchuan Cup in Yongchuan, China (kick-off 17.00 local; 04.00 ET; 01.00 PT).
The match has the potential to determine which team will win the four-team round-robin tournament, but Canadian Head Coach John Herdman isn’t paying the chance for the competition’s honours any attention.
“I’m not even giving any consideration to our final standing at this tournament,” said Herdman after Canada’s final training session of the camp in China.
“What’s important is that the players are progressing. The statistics from the Korea Republic game were better than the China PR game in terms of possession and time spent in the opposition half.
“Norway offer a completely different style. They are very physical and apply high pressure – so it will be interesting to see how we adapt to that approach."
Canada has given first caps to all seven of the players who entered the tournament without senior experience as the Canadian coaching staff begins its long-term preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
Norway will enter the match as tournament leaders with six points; Korea Republic occupy second place with three points (goal difference: 0), Canada sits in third with three points (goal difference: 0); while China PR are currently in last place with zero points.
- Canada have never beaten Norway in 10 attempts, with a record of 0W-8L-2D dating back to 1990.
- Current Norwegian coach Even Pellerud was Head Coach of Canada's Women's National Team from 1999-2008.