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Canada Soccer announces Kadeisha Buchanan wins second Canadian Player of the Year award

Posted on 12 December 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Kadeisha Buchanan of the Women’s National Team has been named Canadian Player of the Year for the second time in three years as part of the 25th edition of the Canada Soccer Player Awards. Buchanan from Brampton, Ontario was honoured from a vote shared by Canadian coaches and media as she cont More

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team close out 2017 with impressive 3-2 come back win over Norway

Posted on 28 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 3:2 Norway More

Women's nominees for the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards

Posted on 28 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards More

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team set to take on Norway in final international friendly match of 2017

Posted on 27 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Fans will be able to watch the match live on CanadaSoccer.com. More

Canada Soccer's Women’s National Team to take on Norway 28 November in Marbella, Spain

Posted on 20 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer Women’s National Team will play its final match of 2017 against Norway More

Canada sends signal to the world in US series playing six teens against world’s top team

Posted on 13 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 1:3 USA More

Canada draw the USA 1-1 in its first of two international friendlies between the North American rivals

Posted on 10 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 1:1 USA More

Canada v USA Fan Advisory

Posted on 8 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Ahead of Thursday’s highly anticipated Canada v USA match at BC Place, we wanted to share some important information to help make your event experience as memorable as possible.BE PART OF A ‘SEA OF RED’ Canada’s Women’s National Team is calling on all fans to show their More

Packed house set for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team derby with USA

Posted on 8 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Expectations are high that the fiercest rivalry in women’s sports will once again be on display before a sea of Canadian fans More

Canada Soccer’s John Herdman awarded Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award

Posted on 3 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

The Jack Donohue “Coach of the Year” Award is presented to a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) for their outstanding contributions More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National team unleashes young guns for derby with USA

Posted on 2 November 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Fans will get the opportunity to see the future of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team More

Canada Soccer honours three retired 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalists during Canada v USA match

Posted on 30 October 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Brittany Timko Baxter, Chelsea Stewart and Kelly Parker will be recognized in a ceremony at half time at centre pitch. More

Rivalry Renewed: Tickets on sale today for Canada v USA at BC Place on 9 November

Posted on 5 September 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada v USA tickets on sale NOW More

San Jose named as location for 12 November Canada Soccer Women’s National Team v USA match

Posted on 21 August 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will travel to San Jose for the second match of the two-game home-and-away series against rivals USA More

Christine Sinclair recognised with Order of Canada

Posted on 30 June 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer congratulates Christine Sinclair on announcement of her appointment to the Order of Canada More

Fiercest rivalry in women's sport: Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to face USA in Vancouver in November

Posted on 29 June 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

It will be a clash between arch rivals when Canada hosts USA at BC Place More

Canada puts on a tremendous show for Toronto fans in 6:0 win

Posted on 11 June 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 6:0 Costa Rica More

Canada plays big in front of raucous home crowd with 3:1 win in Winnipeg

Posted on 9 June 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada 3:1 Costa Rica More

Canada Soccer to honour five retiring Women’s National team players & Hall of Fame inductee at match in Toronto

Posted on 7 June 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Fans will get a chance to salute five Olympic bronze medal winners at the upcoming Women’s National Team international match in Toronto this Sunday 11 June. The special celebration will honour five players who have all taken their bow from the international game: Rio 2016 star Josée B&e More

Preview: Canada Soccer Women’s National Team take on Costa Rica 8 June in Winnipeg

Posted on 6 June 2017 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada v Costa Rica on 8 June More

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Kadeisha Buchanan of the Women’s National Team has been named Canadian Player of the Year for the second time in three years as part of the 25th edition of the Canada Soccer Player Awards. Buchanan from Brampton, Ontario was honoured from a vote shared by Canadian coaches and media as she continues her rise as one of the game’s most dominant centre backs in the world.

Buchanan was a star with both Canada and French club FCF Olympique Lyonnais, notably kicking off her professional club career by winning a treble of trophies as League winners (Championnat de France), Cup winners (Coupe de France), and UEFA Champions League winners from the 2016-17 season. Buchanan, named to the tournament’s Squad of the Season, is the first Canadian to win a UEFA Champions League title.

Buchanan is one of two winners of the 2017 Canadian Players of the Year award. Her co-winner from the Men's National Team is Atiba Hutchinson, also from Brampton, Ontario.

“It has been an amazing year for Kadeisha with the club treble as she has achieved in her first year in France what many players wait a lifetime to achieve,” said John Herdman, Head Coach of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team. “She also was a key player for Canada in two home matches against Costa Rica in which she played very well in June and then again in November as Canada beat Norway for the first time. It was just another great year for Kadeisha.”

Straight out of West Virginia University having won the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy as the best college player in the NCAA for the 2016 season, Buchanan made an immediate impact as a rookie pro in France. She made 12 domestic appearances and five in UEFA Women's Champions League, helping Olympique Lyonnais win their 11th straight Championnat de France, their sixth straight Coupe de France, and second-straight UEFA Champions League title. In the European final, Olympique Lyonnais and Paris St-Germain (featuring Canadian Ashley Lawrence) played to a 1:1 draw before Olympique Lyonnais won 7-6 on kicks to capture the title.

Already in 2017-18, Buchanan has made eight appearances in the French league and four more in UEFA Women's Champions League. Buchanan and her teammates are already through to the Quarter-finals, with FC Barcelona their opponents when the continental competition resumes in March 2018.

At the international level, Buchanan made nine appearances for Canada, seven of which were wins including the come-from-behind 3:2 victory over Norway at the end of November. She also helped Canada finish second at the Algarve Women's Cup, defeat Sweden away in April, and beat Costa Rica twice at home in Winnipeg and Toronto.

This year, Kadeisha Buchanan finished first in voting ahead of runner up Christine Sinclair and top-five finishers Ashley Lawrence, Janine Beckie, and Jessie Fleming.

The 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards were announced from 8-14 December, with this year’s winners Jamie Ackinclose for Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year, Nazim Belguendouz for Canadian Futsal Player of the Year, Alphonso Davies and Jordyn Huitema for Canadian U-17 Players of the Year, Kris Twardek and Jessie Fleming for Canadian U-20 Players of the Year, and both Atiba Hutchinson and Kadeisha Buchanan as Canadian Players of the Year.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first half to defeat Norway 3-2 in its final match of 2017. In a dazzling display, Canada scored three goals in under 15 minutes to turn the match on its head in the early minutes of the second half, and posted its first ever win against Norway.

MATCH CENTRE & PHOTOS : CANADA v NORWAY

Norway opened strong against Canada, scoring in the 18th minute off a corner (Ina Gausdal), and again in the 37th minute with a strong right-footed strike from just inside the box (Caroline Graham Hansen). Canada regrouped and found its rhythm just before going into halftime, having created a number of chances from within the midfield including a good run from fullback Lindsay Agnew who got the ball in front of Norway’s net forcing the keeper to make a leaping save.

Canada’s momentum continued into the second half and changed the face of the game. In just under 15 minutes, Canada came back from a 2-0 deficit to lead 3-2 with goals by Christine Sinclair, Janine Beckie and Adriana Leon. Sinclair put Canada on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute when she capitalized on a Norway mistake and slipped the ball past the scrambling Norway keeper for her 169th international goal which puts her just 16 goals shy from becoming FIFA’s top women's goal scorer of all time. Beckie tied the match up in the 64th minute, burying the ball from the top of the box, and only two minutes later substitute Leon sliced through the defence to tap in Maegan Kelly’s pass, putting Canada up 3-2.

"That was our first win against Norway in Canada's history, so a great way to end the year,”’ said Head Coach John Herdman after the match. “I think the main thing tonight was seeing what level of performance this team can push to when challenged. At about the 20 minute mark we started finding a rhythm, we shifted some things tactically and it was about getting the midfielders on the ball. I felt we were way too forceful from our back four, so once we got Schmidt and Lawrence on the ball the momentum changed. We were a lot more aggressive in the second half, playing right up against them, and forced them into a lot of errors, but the credit is to this group: they said they were going to do something today and they absolutely committed at half time and they did what they said they would do.”

Canada started Stephanie Labbe in net; Lindsay Agnew, Kadeisha Buchanan, Shelina Zadorsky and Allysha Chapman on the back line; Ashley Lawrence, Desiree Scott and Sophie Schmidt at midfield; and Janine Beckie, Christine Sinclair, and Nichelle Prince up front.

Canada subs included Adriana Leon for Lindsay Agnew (58’), Maegan Kelly for Nichelle Prince (62’), and Jordyn Huitema for Christine Sinclair (84’).

Currently ranked fifth in the FIFA World rankings, Canada has posted solid results against tough teams for a 7-2-3 record in 2017 including a draw and a loss to world’s top ranked USA earlier this month, wins against Norway, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Mexico and two against Costa Rica, and a second place finish at the 2017 Algarve Cup.

“It's been a good year,” reflected Herdman on 2017. “We said goodbye to some veteran players against Mexico in February with a great crowd; we got to the Algarve Cup final for the second year in a row; we beat the Olympic silver medalists Sweden in Sweden; we were a narrow loss to Germany; we drew with the USA and that was a game that we felt we should have won, and then beating Norway here for the first time in our history - it's been a good year. We are two years out from the FIFA Women’s World Cup and there is still a long way to go.”

Looking ahead to 2018, and the CONCACAF Women’s Championship to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, Herdman is looking to work on further building the on-field connection between Canada’s players.

“For 2018, we are hoping we can get our team together consistently,” he said. “I think our biggest issue in 2017 was having to bring together different groups of players due to conflicting international commitments, so some players haven’t been with the team for six months and that showed in the first 25 minutes of this match against Norway, there was a little bit of disconnection, and you could feel the rhythm of the game wasn't there. Building those connections between players is what produces the real quality I know we can see from this team.”

 

Canada Soccer announced the list of nominees for the 2017 Canada Soccer Player Awards, with voting open for both media and coaches from 28 November through 7 December. The list of 12 nominees from Canada Soccer's Women's National Team features several familiar names as well as first-time nominees Rebecca Quinn and Deanne Rose.


Janine Beckie scored two goals and one assist in 19 matches for Houston Dash in her sophomore campaign. She was Canada's leading goalscorer for the second year in a row, this time scoring eight goals in 12 international matches including a hat trick in June at BMO Field in Toronto.

Kadeisha Buchanan won a trio of titles in her first season with FCF Olympique Lyonnais, lift the French Championship league title, the Coupe de France, and the continental UEFA Women's Champions League. She played nine games at the international level, seven of which were wins for Canada.

Jessie Fleming helped UCLA reach the Final Four in the 2017 NCAA competition, with the last weekend of matches to be played in early December. At the international level, she scored a goal and an assist in 12 matches. She earned Player of the Match honours at BC Place in November.

Stephanie Labbé made 17 appearances for the Washington Spirit during the 2017 NWSL season. At the international level, she made 10 appearances for Canada, posting three clean sheets including one at BMO Field in Toronto in June. 

Ashley Lawrence helped Paris St-Germain reach the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League final, only falling on kicks to winners FCF Olympique Lyonnais. At the international level, she made 10 appearances for Canada and earned Player of the Match honours in a 0:0 draw with Portugal.

Adriana Leon scored six goals and six assists in 2017 for the Boston Breakers, also earning Player of the Week honours in September. At the international level, she scored three goals in six matches, including a game-tying goal against USA at BC Place in November.

Rebecca Quinn helped Duke University reach the Final Four in the 2017 NCAA competition, with the last weekend of matches to be played in early December. At the international level, she made eight appearances for Canada and was involved in the play that led to Adriana Leon's tying goal at BC Place in November.

Deanne Rose helped the University of Florida reach the elite eight in the 2017 NCAA competition, also winning the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year honours. At the international level, she scored three goals and two assists in 11 matches, including goals at BC Place in February and BMO Field in June.

Sophie Schmidt helped FFC Frankfurst finish fifth in the Bundesliga table in 2016-17 and improve to fourth through the first three months of 2017-18. At the international level, she scored one goal in seven matches and earned Player of the Match honours in a 1:0 win over Sweden.

Desiree Scott played a career-high 21 matches for FC Kansas City during the 2017 NWSL season as the club finished seventh in the standings. At the international level, she was one of four Canadians that played in all 12 matches, including her Player of the Match honours against Germany.

Christine Sinclair scored eight goals in 24 regular-season matches before captaining Portland Thorns FC to their second NWSL Cup title in the playoffs. At the international level, she scored four goals in 12 matches for Canada while leading the team in assists (six) for the third year in a row.

Shelina Zadorsky played 21 matches for the Washington Spirit during the 2017 NWSL season. At the international level, she was Canada's leader with 1,080 minutes played over 12 matches, including Player of the Match honours in a 2:1 win over Russia in March.
 

 

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