Canada W17 ready to show its poise v Korea DPR
Posted on 17 March 2014 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
As the current squad of Canada’s Women’s U-17 Team makes their way through the youth ranks with the final goal being suiting up for Canada at the senior level, a key part in their development is making them ‘tournament experts.’
After a 2:2 draw against Germany to open the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014 on Saturday, Tuesday’s game against Korea DPR is a chance for Canada to show how they can handle the pressures of a tournament experience.
It could be easy for a team to hang their head a bit after seeing a two-goal lead disappear in the second half on the weekend, but after a training session in scorching conditions on Monday, Canada looks focused and ready.
“I think the girls were really disappointed,” said Head Coach Bev Priestman after Monday’s session. “But I feel like these girls have left something on the picture so I feel they’re really determined to achieve something good.”
As Group B lives up to its ‘group of death’ billing, Canada has no room to let-up as they play a Korean team that are runners up from the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup from two years ago.
BROADCAST ALERT: Fans can watch Saturday’s Canada-Korea DPR match live on Sportsnet World at 22.00 ET / 19.00 PT.
And while Korea’s squad has changed, the fact remains that Korea has a system that’s churning out quality footballers. And the fact that they lost their opening game 2:0 to Ghana just makes them all the more dangerous.
“We’ve talked about going from being good to being great, and I think we were good in the last game and we really want to move towards being great,” said Priestman. “I’m not going to talk about the pressure of the tournament. I’m going to talk about the performance and getting more out of the performance. There are some areas we can work on and if we do that, the results will come.”
After Tuesday’s game, Canada will have another day in Liberia before hopping on the bus on Thursday and head to Tibas for their third game of the group against Ghana on Saturday, 22 March.
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