Canada to face Jamaica in second match of the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship
Posted on 31 January 2020 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team
On the heels of a 11:0 victory against St. Kitts & Nevis, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team is getting ready to face Jamaica in its second group stage match at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on Saturday February 1 at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas.
The Canada match kicks off at 17.00 local (18.00 ET / 15.00 PT) and will be broadcast live in Canada on OneSoccer.ca as well as on Rogers TV (Digital TV channel 368 and Ignite TV channel 430). Extended match day coverage is featured across Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Fans are encouraged to interact with Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team every step of the way on social media handle using the hashtag #CANWNT.
Canada opened the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship with a 11:0 victory against Group B opponent St. Kitt’s & Nevis. Christine Sinclair set the world’s all-time international goalscoring record with two first-half goals to bring her count to 185 international goals. Also for Canada, Adriana Leon registered her first four goal game while Ashley Lawrence scored twice and Jayde Riviere, Jessie Fleming and Jordyn Huitema each scored one goal.
“I think we’ve shown well the kind of impact that Canada can bring to a game,” said fullback Jayde Riviere, who scored her first international “A” goal against St. Kitts & Nevis on Wednesday. “We’ve shown that we’re here and that we are ready for this tournament. And now, we’re ready for our next game.”
Canada last played Jamaica to a 2:0 victory at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship also at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas, with Nichelle Prince scoring both goals for Canada. While Canada qualified for their seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup through the championship, Jamaica earned their first-ever berth by finishing in third place at the confederation tournament.
“Jamaica have really good players that can make a match tough for any opposition,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “We need to make sure that we are ready and that we minimize their chances, Hopefully, we’ll also get a few chances and put the ball into the net.”
The team hopes to use the momentum of the 11:0 victory against St. Kitts & Nevis to get a result against Jamaica.
“This team is more confident than I’ve seen it in a long time, which is really exciting,” said forward Janine Beckie. “Jamaica is a fast-paced, athletically gifted team. They are a good quality team and they’ve gotten better over the last couple of years, so it’s going to be tough. We will need to take our game to another level. I think we played really well on Wednesday, but doing that on a higher stage is going to be important.”
After facing Jamaica, Canada will play Mexico on 4 February in their last Group B match after which the top two-nations in the group will cross over against the top-two nations in Group A. The two winners of those Concacaf Semi-finals on Friday 7 February will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well as advance to the Sunday 9 February Concacaf Final. Both the Semi-finals and Final will be played in Carson, CA, USA near Los Angeles.
CANADA RETURN HOME IN APRIL
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will come home this Spring when they face Australia in Vancouver on Tuesday 14 April. The home international soccer match will provide Canadian fans will an opportunity to see their favourite players live in action at BC Place (19.30 local kickoff).
Tickets are on sale now starting as low as $20 via Ticketmaster.ca (or by calling 1.855.985.5000), with complete information available via CanadaSoccer.com/tickets. Group discounts of up to 30% off the regular price are available for orders of 10 or more tickets using the Group Order Form. A special Me+3 ticket package can be purchased directly via Ticketmaster.ca.
Beyond the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in January and February, Canada will face France, Netherlands and Brazil at the Tournoi de France (4-10 March) and then Australia at home in Vancouver (14 April).
OLYMPIC MEDAL WINNERS & CONCACAF CHAMPIONS
Canada are two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time Concacaf champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada have participated in seven consecutive editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ (1995 to 2019) and three consecutive editions of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (2008 to 2016). At Rio 2016, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team were the first Canadian Olympic team to win back-to-back medals at a summer Olympic Games in more than a century.
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Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Youth Teams, meanwhile, have won four Concacaf youth titles: the 2004 and 2008 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, the 2010 Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship, and the 2014 Concacaf Girls’ Under-15 Championship. Canada have qualified for seven editions of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (including a silver medal at Canada 2002) and all six editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (including a fourth-place finish at Uruguay 2018).