Canada W17 squad named for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
Posted on 4 March 2014 in ↳ Women's EXCEL U-14 to U-17
The final roster of 21-players selected to represent Canada’s Women’s U-17 Team at the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup Costa Rica 2014 has been announced.
The team qualified for the tournament in November last year by virtue of their runner-up finish at the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship in Jamaica.
“We’re excited by the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. We get to test these talented players against historically strong U17 teams who are tier one and do it trying to stay true to our DNA and style of play,” said Canada’s Women’s U-17 National Team Head Coach Bev Priestman. “We have an aim of providing these girls as many games as possible, and therefore, we will aim to progress out of the group, one which has been labelled the group of death.”
There will be four new faces in the squad compared to the qualifying tournament. One newcomer is defender Sura Yekka, who already brings a wealth of international experience despite her young age. Yekka has already stepped up to the senior level and has seen action against top quality opposition, including the United States with Canada’s Women’s National Team in a friendly in late January.
Team captain midfielder Jessie Fleming also has senior experience having played with Canada in December in Brazil.
The goal is to get Canadian talent to become tournament experts before they reach the senior level and with that in mind, four players who would be eligible for the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup Jordan 2016 are getting experience, and 10 of the 21 players have the opportunity to experience three youth World Cups.
“This tournament provides these players with an opportunity to demonstrate their ability against some of the best players in the world at their age group,” said Priestman. “Hopefully (this) is a spring board to progress up in our system. It’s an exciting time.”
The squad assembles in Liberia, CRC on 3 March and will have a 60-minute training match with Japan on 11 March.
They open competition against Germany on 15 March in Liberia before playing Korea DPR on 18 March before moving to Tibas for their final group stage game at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma on 22 March against Ghana.
GK- Rylee Foster | CAN / Woodbridge SC
GK- Devon Kerr | CAN / Glen Shields FC
GK- Lysianne Proulx | CAN / Roussillon
D- Sura Yekka | CAN / Brams United
D- Easther Mayi Kith | CAN / Laser de Joliette
D- Mika Richards | CAN / Brams United SC
D- Rachel Jones | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite
D- Bianca St-Georges | CAN / Laser de Joliette
D- Simmrin Dhaliwal | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite
M- Jessie Fleming | CAN / London NorWest SC
M- Sarah Kinzner | CAN / Calgary Foothills
M- Avery Lakeman | CAN / Edmonton Drillers
M- Karima Lemire | CAN / Varennes
M- Sarah Stratigakis | CAN / Woodbridge SC
M- Nahida Baalbaki | CAN / Lakeshore Soccer Club
F- Emily Borgmann | CAN / Burlington SC
F- Gabrielle Carle | CAN / Chaudière-Est
F- Nadya Gill | CAN / Vaughan SC
F- Anyssa Ibrahim | CAN / Terrebonne
F- Marie Levasseur | CAN / Haute St-Charles
F- Marie-Mychèle Métivier | CAN / Armada Chaudière-Est
Head of Delegation: Amélia Salehabadi-Fouques
Head Coach: Beverly Priestman
Assistant Coach: Danny Worthington
Assistant Coach: Joey Lombardi
Goalkeeper Coach: Nicole Wright
Team Manager: Sian Bagshawe
Equipment Manager: Kim Blake
Team Doctor: Tim Doty
Athletic Therapist: Helen Holubec
Athletic Therapist: Sarah Newman
Physical Trainer: Sarah Manson
Team Official: Jaclyn Dunnett