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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team knocking on the door of the world’s top teams

Posted on 9 April 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 1:2 Germany More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team faces Olympic winner Germany Sunday

Posted on 8 April 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada is looking forward to further improving on its winning record against the world’s top team More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team defeat Sweden 1-0; prepare to take on Germany 9 April

Posted on 6 April 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 1:0 Sweden More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team set to face Sweden

Posted on 5 April 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The upcoming match against Sweden will be Canada’s first match since returning from the 2017 Algarve Cup in March More

ROSTER: Canada Soccer releases roster for women’s friendlies in Sweden and Germany

Posted on 29 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The two match series pits Canada’s Olympic Bronze Medalists against the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Silver and Gold Medalists, respectively. More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg and Toronto

Posted on 16 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg 8 June and Toronto 11 June More

Canada Soccer Celebrates Women’s Leadership and puts upcoming home matches on sale

Posted on 8 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer is celebrating International Women’s Day at home and abroad with activities and offerings aimed at promoting women’s soccer. More

Canada places second at Algarve Cup 2017

Posted on 8 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 0:1 Spain More

Algarve Cup 2017 Final Preview: Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team faces Spain

Posted on 7 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada v Spain at the Algarve Cup final More

Canada Soccer to face Spain in Algarve Cup 2017 Championship Final

Posted on 6 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 0:0 Portugal More

Canada Soccer defeats Russia 2-1 in second Algarve Cup 2017 group stage match

Posted on 3 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 2:1 Russia More

Canada Soccer defeats Denmark 1-0 in its first match of the 2017 Algarve Cup

Posted on 1 March 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 1:0 Denmark More

Canada Soccer's Women's National Team's Diana Matheson elects surgery

Posted on 28 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Statement from Diana Matheson More

Preview: Canada Soccer faces Denmark in opening match of the Algarve Cup 2017

Posted on 28 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The 2017 XXIV Algarve Women's Cup features 12 nations broken out into three groups, with Canada facing Denmark, Portugal and Russia More

Defending Champion Canada announce 2017 Algarve Cup roster

Posted on 21 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return to the Algarve Cup, Portugal to defend its 2016 title More

Canada Soccer announces April Women’s National Team match against Sweden

Posted on 9 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada will play Sweden 6 April 2017 in Trelleborg, Sweden. More

Canada wins 3:2 against Mexico in emotional Bronze Medal Celebration Match

Posted on 5 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 3:2 Mexico More

Preview: Canada Soccer to Celebrate Bronze in Emotional Farewell Match

Posted on 2 February 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will celebrate back-to-back bronze medals at Saturday’s match against Mexico More

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Vancouver Camp Roster

Posted on 31 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Women’s National Team camp roster in advance of the two upcoming Women’s National Team international friendly matches against Mexico in Vancouver More

Canada Soccer Bronze Medal Celebration Match to be Broadcast LIVE on TSN2 and RDS2

Posted on 27 January 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

On TSN2 and RDS2 at 15:00 PT/ 18:00 ET. More

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Despite a 2-1 loss to Germany in Canada’s second European friendly this week, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team come away from the two matches confident in its place among the world’s best.

MATCH CENTRE: CANADA 1:2 GERMANY

Germany got an early lead in the 13th minute as a result of an own goal by Canada. However, Canada equalized in the 38th minute when Janine Beckie crossed the ball behind the Germany defense and found Deanne Rose, who one-touched the ball past the keeper. Canada showed periods of great control during the second half, but a German corner led to a rebound goal for the opposition in the 85th minute leading to 2-1 victory for the home side.

“I'm pretty comfortable with that performance,” said Head Coach John Herdman, after the match. “I didn't think Germany dominated us in any way, but it was just a solid defensive performance from Canada and I am really proud of the players. This European tour has been a success. The result against Sweden was crucial, and then moving into Germany we knew a two day turn around was going to be tough for our starting XI. I thought our players showed real resilience today, but Germany were the better team in terms of possession.”

Canada had several excellent chances, but a strong, fresh German side were able to capitalize on extra energy and sustained an attacking approach for much of the game.

“Germany is obviously a fantastic side, number one in the world right now, and never an easy group to play against, but it's games like this we are excited about because it pushes us, it pushes us to play at a faster pace, their pressure is good and it's sustained,” said striker Janine Beckie. “They pressed the entire 90 minutes, so we struggled keeping the ball, especially in the first half, and we had a spell where we had the ball that showed what we can do, and I think the goal showed that and some of our build up play showed that. We have players that are willing to get on the ball under that kind of pressure.”

Canada is focused on it’s stated aim of reaching the top spot in Women’s football, and know opponents like Germany are those that will prepare them for big tournamnets including the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“These kind of teams prepare us for where we want to go and a 2-1 result against the world's number one is obviously not good enough for us, and I think that's a big statement,” said Beckie. “There are a lot of players in the dressing room really disappointed that we walk away with a loss in this game when we competed and we can play with the worlds best, so I think the rest of this year you'll start to see the results that we want.”

For Canada’s players, splitting a two-match series against top European teams, especially considering they are preparing to compete in the Euro competition, only puts Canada closer to its goal.

"It was definitely a wonderful experience to play against two tier one, top international opponents,” said fullback Ashley Lawrence. “We knew coming in it was going to be a challenge, but to become the number one team in the world we have to play the top teams, so this was a great test for us and we are going to take away many learnings for these two games and move forward with those.”

Canada next plays in a two-game series against Costa Rica on 8 June in Winnipeg and 11 June in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now.

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Home Matches
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will return home to play Costa Rica in Winnipeg on 8 June and in Toronto on 11 June. The matches will mark the first meetings between the two nations since Canada defeated Costa Rica in February 2016 at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament, securing Canada a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Canada last played in Winnipeg in 2014 against the USA resulting in a 1:1 draw. Kadeisha Buchanan gave the 28,255 fans on hand something to cheer about as she opened the scoring in the first half, but the Americans tied the game with fifteen minutes to go to draw 1:1. At the time, the attendance in Winnipeg was the second highest for a Canadian ‘A’ level women’s international played in Canada.

Toronto fans last saw Canada in action against Brazil as part of the Road to Rio series in June 2016 as Canada prepared for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Canada fell to Brazil in that match 0:2 but came back and defeated them 1:0 in Ottawa three days later, and then 2:1 when it mattered most in the Bronze Medal Match of the Rio Olympic Games.
 

Canada continues its drive to the top of women’s football when it plays Germany, Olympic Gold Medalists and FIFA’s top ranked team, Sunday 9 April in Erfurt, Germany at 15:00 local (9:00 ET / 6:00 PT)

Canada faced Germany twice at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, winning the group stage encounter 2-1, before falling to Germany in the semi-final. Germany went on to play Sweden for gold while Canada defeated Brazil in the bronze medal match.

Coming off a 1-0 win over sixth ranked, Olympic silver medalists Sweden on Thursday, Canada is looking forward to further improving on its winning record against the world’s top team.

“I think you will get to see that Olympic gold medal quality from Germany tomorrow, that’s what Germany bring. They are a world-class team and we are happy to get a chance to play them again,” said Head Coach John Herdman. “For us it’s about managing playing back to back games knowing that Germany will be coming in fresh.”

Herdman’s views were echoed by the players after the final training session in Jena, Germany on Saturday.

“It’s going to take our best,” said striker Janine Beckie. “We’ve been training now for six days and we were really prepared going into play Sweden, and now with only two days between that match and Germany it is a much shorter turnaround. I think to win it’s just going to take us doing our best defensively, being sharp on the attack, and taking our chances when we get them because a tier one team, the number one team in the world, is not going to give us many opportunities.”

Canada’s Captain Christine Sinclair, who didn’t play in Canada’s win over Germany at the Olympics, also expressed a need for Canada to go into Sunday’s match focused.

“Germany are the kind of team that punish any mistakes that you make,” said Canada’s Captain Christine Sinclair. “Against Sweden we got away with a couple of things and Germany is the type of team that have players all over the pitch that will take advantage of any mistakes we make. And then we have to be lethal in front of the goal because we are not going to get that many chances.”

“We have had some time together on the field against a tough opponent in Sweden and the confidence from that game will spur us on,” added Herdman. “I am absolutely sure that Germany will be a tough test, but if we carry on the spirit we showed against Sweden we’ll do okay.”

Canada’s come-from-behind group stage win over Germany, its first-ever result against the European champions, continues to feature in the public’s memory of the Rio Games and for Head Coach John Herdman, it’s his favourite moment of the tournament.

Canada is currently ranked fifth in the world, behind only Germany, the USA, France, and England. While 2016 saw Canada rise to the highest position it has ever held, Herdman’s team has promised there is more to come.

“We want to take this team from fifth to first and the only way to do that is to consistently play tier-one, world-class teams like Germany,” said Herdman. “We’ve made a commitment to play the best and this match in April will give us an opportunity to test ourselves against the best in the world. Canada Soccer has made incredible strides over the last four years, earning back-to-back podium finishes, and we are ready to show the world we are a soccer nation by beating the best, and becoming the best.”
 

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team defeated Sweden 1-0 in Trelleborg, Sweden 6 April, in its first of two international friendlies in Europe. Canada’s lone goal came in the 34th minute when Janine Beckie received a perfectly placed pass from Sinclair, and slipped the ball past the keeper.

MATCH CENTRE: CANADA 1:0 SWEDEN

“It’s a great result to beat Sweden, in Sweden,” said Head Coach John Herdman after the match. “We knew it was going to be a tough game, but I think the team played very well. We came out strong in the first half, and the second half was all about game-management - when you are a goal up at halftime, our job is to ensure we come away with the points."

Canada had several strong chances, including a blistering shot from Sophie Schmidt that forced the Sweden keeper to make an leaping, outstretched save. Despite the many chances, Canada’s control of the ball stood out for it’s continuity and precision.

“It was a real team performance tonight,” said Herdman. “It was arguably some of the best possession play I’ve seen from our team. We’ve been working on that as a team and have made it our intent to move forward in that space. I’m proud of what they put out there tonight against a really physical Sweden team.”

Centreback Shelina Zadorsky, was likewise pleased with the team’s control and possession. “In the first half we had some really good passages of play, and the goal was amazing,” she said. “We struggled to find our rhythm a bit in the second half, but I am proud of everyone for grinding out that win and getting a clean sheet.”

Canada now will look forward to another difficult match as it prepared to take on Germany, the top ranked team in the world, 9 April in Erfurt, Germany at 15:00 local (09:00 ET / 06:00 PT).

“Coming out of this match the team will be a bit bruised and battered, but we knew how physical it would be. We will be focusing on recovery and we’ll be fresh and ready for Germany on Sunday,” said Herdman.

“It’s a bit of a revenge match, you could say,” added Zadorsky. “Meeting them twice in the Olympics was huge and we learned a lot from those games. It’s going to be a challenge, but we are looking forward to it.”

Canada will return home to play a two-game series in June with matches in Winnipeg and Toronto. Tickets are on sale now.

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