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Canada puts on a tremendous show for Toronto fans in 6:0 win

Posted on 11 June 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 6:0 Costa Rica More

Canada plays big in front of raucous home crowd with 3:1 win in Winnipeg

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

Canada 3:1 Costa Rica More

Canada Soccer to honour five retiring Women’s National team players & Hall of Fame inductee at match in Toronto

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

Fans will get a chance to salute five Olympic bronze medal winners at the upcoming Women’s National Team international match in Toronto this Sunday 11 June. The special celebration will honour five players who have all taken their bow from the international game: Rio 2016 star Josée B&e More

Preview: Canada Soccer Women’s National Team take on Costa Rica 8 June in Winnipeg

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

Canada v Costa Rica on 8 June More

ROSTER: Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Costa Rica series 8 June in Winnipeg & 11 June in Toronto

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

Canada Soccer has released the Women’s National Team roster ahead of two matches against Costa Rica on 8 June in Winnipeg and 11 June in Toronto More

Canada Soccer honours recent Women’s National Team retirees Josée Bélanger and Kaylyn Kyle

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

Both players will be honoured, at the upcoming Canada Soccer Women’s National Team home match against Costa Rica on 11 June in Toronto More

Canada Soccer invites 13 players into Women’s National Team EXCELeration camp

Posted on 26 May 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s EXCELeration programme provides opportunities for a small group of targeted players to receive individualized training and development More

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

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Canada Soccer's Women's National Team provided the hometown crowd much to cheer about in an impressive 6:0 win over Costa Rica in Toronto. Deanne Rose, Janine Beckie (three), and Jordyn Huitema (two) were the goalscorers in front of the Sunday afternoon crowd of 20,628 at BMO Field.

"That's nine goals over two games, so we are really happy," said John Herdman, Head Coach of the Women's National Team. "We also had a clean sheet, so those are all the things that you look for as a coach through a game.

“We put in a structure in the last four years to ensure that the right players are coming through at the right times. This is an exciting group, it is one of the youngest teams in the world at this point and sitting in the top five, so we have a great future ahead.”

MATCH CENTRE & PHOTOS : CANADA 6:0 COSTA RICA

The future is certainly bright with all six goals scored by players 22 years or younger. After teen star Deanne Rose opened the scoring in the second minute, Beckie scored the first hat trick of her international career with goals in the 6th, 13th, and 21st minutes. It marked Canada’s fastest three goals in a Women’s International Friendly and fastest four goals in a home Women’s International Friendly.

In the second half, Jordyn Huitema scored two goals in back-to-back minutes, thus making her the second youngest goalscorer in Women's National Team history. The 6:0 scoreline was also Canada's biggest home victory in five years dating back to the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifiers.

“Once that first one came, it gave me a bit more confidence to go for the second," said striker Janine Beckie. "Those finishes don’t happen if we don’t have the incredible quality behind the front line. I am proud of this team. I am proud of the six goals and it is part of pushing this team to number one (in the world).”

“It is just an honour to be able to play with such an amazing group of women," said Jordyn Huitema. "I would have never gotten those two goals if it wasn’t for my teammates supporting me and giving me those balls to put in the back of the net. I am very grateful I am able to share my first and second goals with the women that surround me on this team.”

Across the two-match series against Costa Rica, Canada drew 35,062 cumulative fans to the matches in Winnipeg (a 3:1 win on 8 June) and Toronto. Canada Soccer's Summer of Soccer Series continues this Tuesday 13 June when the Men's National Team faces Curaçao at Stade Saputo in Montréal. The Canada-Curaçao match will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS.

CANADA GOALS:

Canada opened the scoring in the second minute after Christine Sinclair used her speed to drive to the goalline to the right of the goalkeeper. Noelia Bermúdez thought she had the cross, but incoming Deanne Rose tipped it past the stunned goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead.

In the sixth minute, Janine Beckie made it 2-0 on her first of three goals. Quinn played the ball forward to Beckie and Beckie chipped the ball past Bermúdez. Seven minutes later, it was Jessie Fleming's turn to play in Beckie, but this time Beckie played it under the onrushing Bermúdez .

In the 21st minute, Beckie completed her hat trick from the top of the box after a nice pass from Christine Sinclair. The play had moved from Deanne Rose to Lindsay Agnew and, from the Agnew cross, from Sinclair to Beckie.

Canada made it 5-0 on a scramble in front of goal in the 73rd minute, with the ball bouncing off Nichelle Prince’s back before Huitema tipped the ball over the line. Fleming and Ashley Lawrence had combined on the play before Lawrence crossed it in on goal for Prince and Huitema.

A minute later, the Prince-Huitema duo combined for Canada’s sixth and final goal, with Prince making the pass from the right side and Huitema beating Bermúdez with the shot.

With back-to-back victories, Canada improves their 2017 international record to six wins, one draw, and two losses.

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CANADA SOCCER HALL of FAME & WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM CELEBRATIONS:

Before the match, former Women’s National Team captain Amy Walsh was celebrated as an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. Walsh received both a crystal trophy and scripted jersey marking her induction in the Class of 2017.

At half time, fans saluted five former Olympic medalists with a collective 355 caps and who all announced their departure from the international game: Josée Bélanger, Jonelle Filigno, Robyn Gayle, Kaylyn Kyle, and Lauren Sesselmann.

Score one for the home side. Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team won 3:1 in their first of two home matches against CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica. Jessie Fleming, Christine Sinclair and Adriana Leon were the goalscorers in the 2017 home victory in Winnipeg.

MATCH CENTRE – CANADA 3:1 COSTA RICA

As part of a three-match Summer of Soccer Series across Canada, the Women’s National Team will next face Costa Rica on 11 June at BMO Field in Toronto. The series wraps up two days later when the Men’s National Team faces CONCACAF rivals Curaçao. All three matches are broadcast live on TSN and RDS.

A terrific crowd of 14,434 enjoyed the 8 June match at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, with hometown hero Desiree Scott given a standing ovation option when was subbed out in the 72nd minute.

“I am pretty happy with the performance and we will have to do it again in Toronto,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach.

Canada opened the scoring in the third minute on the Fleming goal after she was played in by Sinclair. Canada created numerous chances throughout the first half, then added to their score with the Sinclair penalty goal in the 52nd minute.

“It was a great start for Canada with Jessie Fleming’s goal,” said Herdman. “We started exactly how we wanted with an early goal to take the nerves off. I thought we settled in nicely in the first half and we controlled the game.”

Canada fell briefly on their heels, once clearing a chance from the goal line, then moments later conceding a Diana Saenz goal in the 56th minute. Canada took back control of the game and finally added to their lead in the 91st minute on the Leon goal.

“Finishing strong is a mark of a very good team,” said Herdman. “I thought for the last 20 minutes Canada dominated and took control back of the game.”

The two sides will meet again on Sunday 11 June in Toronto, with a large crowd expected to be cheering for Canada’s Olympic heroes. At half time, fans will have a chance to pay tribute to five Olympic medalists who have recently announced their departure from the international game: Josée Bélanger, Jonelle Filigno, Robyn Gayle, Kaylyn Kyle, and Lauren Sesselmann. Before kick off, CONCACAF champion and former captain Amy Walsh will be inducted as an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.

The Women’s International Friendly match in Toronto is part of a three-match Summer of Soccer Series in Canada which includes back-to-back matches against Costa Rica (Winnipeg and Toronto) and a Men’s International Friendly match against Curaçao (Montréal). Tickets to all Canada Soccer matches are available via canadasoccer.com/tickets.

Fans will get a chance to salute five Olympic bronze medal winners at the upcoming Women’s National Team international match in Toronto this Sunday 11 June. The special celebration will honour five players who have all taken their bow from the international game: Rio 2016 star Josée Bélanger and London 2012 heroes Jonelle Filigno, Robyn Gayle, Kaylyn Kyle, and Lauren Sesselmann.

(See player and Head Coach quotes below)

Alongside Bélanger and Kyle who announced their retirement from international football earlier this year, London 2012 bronze medal winners Filigno, Gayle, and Sesselmann have all confirmed their departure from the international game. The trio were all national heroes when Canada brought home their first medal in a Summer Olympic team sport in 76 years.

Filigno of Mississauga, Ontario was a 2010 CONCACAF champion and London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist. In all, she participated in two FIFA Women's World Cups and two Women's Olympic Football Tournaments. She also won a CONCACAF youth title in 2008. She won Canada U-20 Player of the Year honours in both 2008 and 2010.

Gayle of Mississauga, Ontario was a 2010 CONCACAF champion and London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist. She played in three FIFA Women's World Cups and two Women's Olympic Football Tournaments. She won a 2011 Pan American Games gold medal with Canada and a 2002 Jubilee Trophy gold medal with Oakville SC. At the youth level, she won a silver medal with Canada at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Canada 2002.

Gayle has since joined the Women’s National Team as a full-time staff member focusing on effective team culture.

Sesselmann won an bronze medal with Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games. After making her international debut in 2011, she won a Pan American Games gold medal in 2011 and finished sixth with Canada at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015.

All three have also played professionally in the National Women's Soccer League as allocated players through Canada Soccer. Filigno played for Sky Blue FC, Gayle for Washington Spirit, and Sesselmann for Houston Dash. The NWSL was established in 2013 in partnership between US Soccer, Canada Soccer, and the Mexican Football Federation.

Canada Soccer Hall of Fame

Canada Soccer will also officially honour Amy Walsh as a member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame as part of the Women’s National Team match on 11 June.

Walsh has been inducted as a player as part of the Class of 2017.

A CONCACAF champion in 1998, she played in two FIFA Women’s World Cups and one Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. She made 102 international appearances, including a record 43 consecutive starts from 1998 to 2001. She served as Canada’s captain for more than 25 international matches.

Walsh, who made her international debut 19 years ago in Ottawa, will have her family by her side when she is honoured in the pre-match ceremony. She will then watch the match as part of the #CanadaRED home crowd that will be fully behind Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team.

The Women’s International Friendly match in Toronto is part of a three-match Summer of Soccer Series in Canada which includes back-to-back matches against Costa Rica (Winnipeg and Toronto) and a Men’s International Friendly match against Curaçao (Montréal). Tickets to the match in Toronto is available via canadasoccer.com/tickets.

Quotes

 

Jonelle Filigno-Hopkins
"I just want to thank every individual - husband, family, friends, teammates, coaches - that supported and allowed me to live out my dream and represent my country for nine incredible years. Canada Soccer has taught me some of the most invaluable life lessons and intangible skills that I have transitioned from the pitch to now corporate world. Canada soccer has played a huge role in the person I am today. I will cherish all of the incredible moments, memories, and amazing relationships I have built along the way.”

 

“Jonelle really found a level that not many athletes reach when she hit the Olympic Games in 2012. Her competitive spirit is one thing that always stands out to me. She would battle and fight for every single ball, and when she got into the box she just knew where that goal was. She was always quiet around the team, and respectful, but on the field she was an absolute battler. When I think back on Jonelle, I recall her composure in the box, but what stands out the most is her fighting spirit.”
-Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman

Lauren Sesselmann
"Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of playing on the international stage. Day in and day out I worked to make that dream come true. Representing Canada is the most surreal and incredible thing that has ever happened to me. Every moment I got to take the field with my teammates, got to put on that symbolic and beautiful red and white jersey, and got to hear the crowd cheering for us were the absolute best moments of my life. I am incredibly proud of my career and I can't thank Coach Herdman, the staff and my "sisters" for giving me this honor and making memories of a lifetime. It's never easy to retire from something you love so much, but I take with me so much and I look forward to continuing to cheer on the next generation, who I am so proud of. Thank you to my family, friends and to all the BEST FANS IN THE WORLD - your support over these years are my everything and nothing would be possible without you. I love this beautiful game and I look forward to continuing to inspire you all in every way possible."

“Lauren joined the family late in 2011, right before the 2012 Olympic games. She started out as a centre forward, converted to a left-back and finally played in centre back where she was instrumental in winning a Gold Medal at the Pan American Games and helped lead us to a London 2012 bronze medal. Lauren played out of her skin during the London Olympics, against some of the best strikers in the world, and formed a wonderful partnership with Carmelina Moscato. With Lauren, I’ll always remember those big tackles, those last-ditch tackles where everything was left on the line.”
-Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman

Robyn Gayle
"I must express my utmost gratitude to every and any one who has played a part in my soccer journey. Reflecting on my career, I’m amazed to realize the amount of people who have influenced and supported me along the way. I wish this part of the journey never had to end, but I know the connections and memories I’ve made through this beautiful game, are for life. Thank you to my family, friends, coaches, support teams and teammates (#V’s) for making every moment of this adventure an incredible one & Thank you to Canada Soccer and our amazing fans for continuing to support our program-we have some amazing things to come! Playing the game I love, with people I love, for the country I love, has been the greatest privilege and blessing… for this, I am eternally grateful. Thank you."

“Robyn was an integral player on the London 2012 and Pan-American Games teams, but she was also the soul of the team. She is an unbelievable teammate whose values and principles are absolutely “true north”, and who always leads by example. She carried a lot of injuries in the time I’ve worked with her, and I don’t think I had the best Robyn Gayle because of the amount of injuries she was dealing with, but within any of the situations of adversity, whether with injuries or selection, she was always able to show other people how to behave, how to be selfless and give yourself to the team. Without Robyn, we wouldn’t have medaled in London, because she could bring this team together. And in 2016 she did the same. We brought her onto the staff because I can talk the talk, but Robyn can walk it every single day. When players see that - when she speaks – its very powerful.”
-Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Head Coach John Herdman

Amy Walsh, Canada Soccer Hall of Fame honoured member
"I think it is a really big thing mentally for an athlete to play at home in front of a crowd that is rooting for you, just to hear that roar that they are there for you no matter what. It is a massive thing for an athlete to play at home and really feel that unconditional support whether from family or a great fan base."

 

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