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Canadian soccer timeline from 2001 to 2004

Posted on 27 May 2012 in Canadian Soccer Timeline

Canada participated in its third FIFA Women's World Cup, this time finishing fourth in the 16-tournament at USA 2003. At the FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifiers in 2002 (the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup), Canada finished second behind USA to qualify, only falling 1:2 in the championship final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, USA. At USA 2003, Canada lost its opening match to eventual-champion Germany, but then won back-to-back matches over Argentina and Japan. Canada then won its quarter-final match 1:0 over China PR (the defending silver medalist from 1999), but then lost to Sweden in the semi-final and USA in the match for third place. Both third- and fourth-place finishers were presented bronze medals at USA 2003.

Also in this era, Canada participated in the first CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament. Canada finished third and did not qualify for Athens 2004.

 

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Silvana Burtini

Forward | Williams Lake, BC

CONCACAF champion Silvana Burtini represented Canada at three FIFA Women’s World Cups. She won Canadian Player of the Year honours in 1998, the same year she won MVP honours at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. She was also a two-time CONCACAF Top Scorer awards. In 2010, she became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Randee Hermus

Midfielder | Langley, BC

Randee Hermus represented Canada at two FIFA Women’s World Cups and one Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. A two-time runner-up for Canadian Player of the Year honours, she set a national record by making 46 consecutive appearances for Canada from 2005 to 2008. She was also just the fourth women’s footballer to make 100 appearances for Canada.


Charmaine Hooper

Forward | Ottawa, ON

CONCACAF champion Charmaine Hooper represented Canada at three FIFA Women’s World Cups. An original member of Canada’s national team in 1986, she went on to set national records with 129 appearances and 71 goals. At USA 2003, she was a FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament all-star. In 2012, she became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Kara Lang

Midfielder | Oakville, ON

CONCACAF champion Kara Lang represented Canada at two FIFA Women’s World Cups, including a fourth-place finish at USA 2003. She led Canada in minutes played in her first two seasons and also co-led Canada with 11 goals scored in 2003. In 92 appearances for her country, she scored 34 career goals. She also won a silver medal at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.


Karina LeBlanc

Goalkeeper | Maple Ridge, BC

Karina LeBlanc is Canada’s one and only two-time CONCACAF champion, having won titles in 1998 and 2010. She has participated in four FIFA Women’s World Cups and one Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. She also won a gold medal at the Pan American Games. In 2012, she became the first women’s goalkeeper to make 100 appearances for Canada.


Diana Matheson

Midfielder | Oakville, ON

CONCACAF champion Diana Matheson has represented Canada at three FIFA Women’s World Cups, including a fourth-place finish at USA 2003. She set a national record in 2006 after making 45 consecutive appearances for Canada. She has participated in one Women’s Olympic Tournament and won a gold medal at the Pan American Games.


Erin McLeod

Goalkeeper | Edmonton & Calgary, AB

Erin McLeod has represented Canada at three FIFA Women’s World Cups, including a fourth-place finish at USA 2003. She has also represented Canada at one Women’s Olympic Tournament. She is a two-time runner-up in voting for Canadian Player of the Year honours. In 2002, she won a silver medal at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2002.


Andrea Neil

Midfielder | Vancouver, BC

Andrea Neil was the first Canadian to feature in four FIFA Women’s World Cups, with the highlight a fourth-place finish at USA 2003. Over an 18-year career, she set a national record by making 132 international appearances. She also won four CONCACAF silver medals. In 2012, she became an honoured member of The Soccer Hall of Fame.


Christine Sinclair

Forward | Burnaby, BC

CONCACAF champion Christine Sinclair is a seven-time Canadian Player of the Year. She also Canada’s all-time leader in appearances and goals scored. She has participated in three FIFA Women’s World Cups and one Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. She has also won back-to-back Women’s Professional Soccer titles, winning championship MVP honours in 2011.


Rhian Wilkinson

Full Back | Baie d’Urfé, QC

CONCACAF champion Rhian Wilkinson has represented Canada at three FIFA Women’s World Cups, including a fourth-place finish at USA 2003. She has also participated in one Women’s Olympic Tournament and won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Pan American Games. In 2011, she became the eighth women’s footballer to make 100 appearances for Canada.

 




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