More positive progress for Canada w20 squad
Posted on 21 February 2012 in Women's U-20 Team
Canada continues to make preparations in advance of the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship. The team was on the pitch again this Tuesday 21 February for an exhibition match against Costa Rica's women's club champions Arenal Coronado. The Canadians are just over half way through a 15-day camp in San José, Costa Rica. The team leaves on Monday 27 February for Ciudad de Panama.
"The mood has been good," said Canadian U-20 coach Andrew Olivieri. "The players are soaking it up - they are really enjoying the training and everything that we are throwing at them right now (in our sessions)."
Tuesday's player-of-the-match Jenna Richardson of Vancouver, BC scored both goals in the 2:0 victory over Arenal Coronado. In the match, Olivieri was able to feature 20 of his 22 players. Upon return to the hotel, Olivieri confirmed it was a good team performance.
"We have been able to address many of the problems that we might anticipate in the CONCACAF tournament," said Olivieri. "We know that (in Panama) we are going to have to be able to attack and be versatile."
Canada opens the eight-team CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship on 1 March against Haiti. Canada then faces Jamaica on 3 March and Mexico on 5 March. All matches will be played at the Estadio Rommel Fernández. Matches will also be televised live online via CONCACAF TV.