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Canada announces roster for Four Nations Tournament

Posted on 9 January 2008 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada's women's national team announced its roster for the upcoming Four Nations Tournament today. Coach Even Pellerud has selected 21 players for Canada's trip to China and the four-team, three-game tournament.

Canada will face the United States on 16 January, hosts China on 18 January, and Finland (Suomi) on 20 January.

"This tournament and the three excellent opponents provide an amazing start to the Olympic season," says head coach Pellerud. "The Canadian team will gain valuable match fitness early in the year, which is more crucial than ever due to the early April CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament in México."

Canada's women's national team - whose title sponsor is Winners - is in its second phase of preparations for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournament. After last September's FIFA Women's World Cup, Canada opened its first residency camp in Vancouver in November. After a short Christmas break, the team regrouped in Vancouver last week.

"We are heading to the Four Nations Tournament with a strong team, but also a very young team," says Pellerud. "A number of our World Cup veterans are not available due to injury-recovery programs and school commitments."

Canada's women's national team is currently ranked ninth in the world (and second in their confederation) by the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Rankings. Canada will need to finish amongst the top-two teams in the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic Qualification Tournament to earn a berth in this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

"Some of our younger talents are piling up," says Pellerud. "Quite a few of these youngsters will enjoy their first international senior experience in China, specifically Kaylyn Kyle, Jonelle Filigno, Alexi Marton and Monica Lam-Feist, Julie Armstrong and Taryn Boudreau."

1 Karina LeBlanc - Ajax, ON
2 Amy Vermeulen - Saskatoon, SK
3 Melanie Booth - Saskatoon, SK
4 Taryne Boudreau - Edmonton, AB
5 Jonelle Filigno - Mississauga, ON
6 Alexandra Marton - Aurora, ON
7 Rhian Wilkinson - Baie d'Urfe, QC
8 Monica Lam-Feist - Kelowna, BC
9 Candace Chapman - Ajax, ON
10 Martina Franko - Squamish, BC
11 Randee Hermus - Langley, BC
12 Christine Sinclair - Burnaby, BC
13 Kaylyn Kyle - Saskatoon, SK
14 Melissa Tancredi - Ancaster, ON
15 Clare Rustad - North Vancouver, BC
16 Julie Armstrong - Delta, BC
17 Brittany Timko - Coquitlam, BC
18 Erin McLeod - St. Albert, AB
19 Sophie Schmidt - Abbotsford, BC
20 Stephanie Labbé - Stony Plain, AB
21 Jodi-Ann Robinson - Richmond, BC

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