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Canada takes home silver at 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship

Posted on 18 October 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada has earned second place at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship falling 0:2 to the United States in the Final. Canada secured their place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ France 2019 with their 7-0 victory over Panama in the Semi-Final after a strong tournament run with 24 g More

Canada set to take on USA in Concacaf Women’s Championship Final

Posted on 16 October 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Having achieved its primary goal of qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, Canada is now getting ready to take on the current World Champions USA on Wednesday, 17 October at 20:00 ET/17:00 PT.  The USA raised the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy in Vancouver, BC More

Canada qualifies for FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

Posted on 14 October 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada has qualified for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ after defeating Panama 7:0 in the tournament Semi-Final in Frisco, Texas.   Canada will now move on to the Final against the winner of tonight’s second Semi-Final match between hosts USA and More

Canada defeats Costa Rica 3:1; tops Concacaf Women's Championship Group B

Posted on 12 October 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team are one win away from qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. As a result of their 3:1 victory over Costa Rica in their final group stage match, Canada captured first place in Group B at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Cha More

Concacaf Women’s Championship semi final preview: Canada v Panama 14 October 17:00 ET/14:00 PT

Posted on 12 October 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

With its ticket to the Semi-Final booked, Canada is only one win away from securing a spot in next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™.  Canada will face Panama on 14 October (17:00 ET/14:00 PT) with the winner automatically qualifying and heading to the tournament Final and More

Canada downs Cuba 12:0 in their second 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship group stage match

Posted on 9 October 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team defeated Cuba 12:0 in the second group stage match of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. Canada now sits atop Group B with six points, having defeated Jamaica 2:0 on 5 October in their opening match.“ More

Canada opens Concacaf Women’s Championship with 2:0 win over Jamaica

Posted on 6 October 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada opened the group stage at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship with a 2:0 win over Jamaica at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, Texas. The victory gives Canada three points in Group B. Nichelle Prince scored two goals and Stephanie Labbe got the shutout. Jessie Fleming was the Player of the Mat More

Canada begins FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification campaign at Concacaf Championship

Posted on 3 October 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team has arrived in Edinburg, Texas to begin the group stage at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in its bid to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ taking place next summer.   “We just concluded a tra More

Canada Soccer selects 20 players for 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship

Posted on 25 September 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer has released its Women’s National Team roster for the upcoming 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship that serves as the qualification tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.  Canada will play its group stage matches at H-E-B Park in Edinburg, T More

Canada Soccer set to open pre-tournament camp in Texas ahead of 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship

Posted on 19 September 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will hold a camp in Texas from 20 September to 1 October ahead of next month’s 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.  The group of players attending the camp will train in Frisco before the final 20 players selected for the competition More

Canada to face Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Cuba in group stage at Concacaf Women’s Championship

Posted on 4 September 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will play Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Cuba in the group stage of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship taking place 4 to 17 October in the USA.  The top three teams in the tournament will automatically qualify for the FIFA Women’s Worl More

Canada defeat Brazil 1:0 in front of 16,128 at TD Place in Ottawa

Posted on 2 September 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team defeated Brazil 1:0 in its final International Friendly ahead of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in front 16,128 fans at TD Place on September 2.The match was a Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medal rematch and the first meeting since Canada bea More

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team readies for Rio 2016 Bronze Medal rematch against Brazil

Posted on 31 August 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada are looking forward to an exciting international soccer match against Olympic rivals Brazil this Sunday 2 September. The 2018 Women’s International Friendly match will be the first meeting between Canada and the 2016 Olympic host since Canada won bronze at Rio 2016. The Canada-Braz More

Canada v Brazil – Match Day Fan Advisory

Posted on 30 August 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Fans attending the highly anticipated Canada v Brazil match on Sunday 2 September at TD Place in Ottawa (14.00 ET kick off) are encouraged to review the following information to help ensure the event experience is as positive as possible.For out-of-town fans, the match will be broadcast live across More

Canada Soccer announces roster for International Friendly against Brazil 2 September in Ottawa

Posted on 21 August 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer has released its Women’s National Team roster for the upcoming Women’s International Friendly match against Brazil. Canada’s squad will face Brazil in Ottawa on Sunday 2 September at TD Place. Great seats remain available starting at $20, plus applicable fees, via TDP More

Eight Canadians named to 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

Posted on 10 August 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Eight Canadians, seven women and one man, have been named to the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. The seven Canadian women shortlisted are Paige Culver, Jessie Fleming, Rylee Foster, Victoria Pickett, Deanne Rose, Bianca St-Georges, and Évelyne Viens while the lone male player is senior Al More

Tickets on sale today for Canada v Brazil in Ottawa on 2 September

Posted on 11 July 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Tickets for the Canada v Brazil Women’s International match in Ottawa on 2 September will go on sale to the public today, 12 July at 10am ET. Tickets can be purchased via TDPlace.ca, by phone at 613.232.6767, and in-person at the TD Place Box Office. For complete ticket information visit www.c More

Canada’s Women’s National Team to play Brazil 2 September in Ottawa

Posted on 5 July 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will welcome Brazil to Ottawa on 2 September for an International Friendly ahead of Canada’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ qualification campaign set for October at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championships. Canada, ranked More

Canada wows sold-out crowd in Hamilton despite 3-2 loss to Germany

Posted on 10 June 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada opened its first home match of 2018 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton playing in a new formation, as it took on a young German side. Germany opened scoring in the first minute, capitalizing on a short clearance, but Canada worked its way into the experimental tactical plan throughout the first More

Canada preparing for sold out match against Germany in Hamilton

Posted on 9 June 2018 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will hold its final training session today ahead of Sunday’s sold-out match against Germany at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, ON. Canada, the two-time Olympic Bronze Medal winners currently ranked fourth in the world by FIFA’s World Ranki More

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Canada has earned second place at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship falling 0:2 to the United States in the Final. Canada secured their place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ France 2019 with their 7-0 victory over Panama in the Semi-Final after a strong tournament run with 24 goals and only three conceded throughout the tournament.
 
The United States scored early in the 2’ minute after a clearance attempt fell to Rose Lavelle. Alex Morgan scored her seventh goal of the tournament to put the USA up 2-0 in the 88’ after a late corner kick earning Morgan the tournament’s Golden Boot and securing the victory for the US.

“I was definitely pleased with the majority of our play but letting in a goal that early was definitely not part of the plan and I think that the team bounced back well,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Head Coach.  “I’m confident looking forward as I think we created chances and that in those opportunities we just need to make the final pass and we will be rewarded.  We definitely put in a solid performance.”
 
Canada had two chances to draw even in the match with Captain Christine Sinclair coming close late in the first half. Kadeisha Buchanan had the best opportunity on a set piece in the second half with American goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher making a diving stop off Buchanan’s header to keep it 1:0.
 
“We grew throughout the tournament and our number one objective coming in was to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, so we did that,” said Ashley Lawrence. “I think we’ve learned so much, we’re going to take those learnings going into the World Cup™ next year.”
 
Heading into the Final, Adriana Leon and the USA’s Alex Morgan were tied for the Golden Boot award with six goals apiece. Jordyn Huitema, Christine Sinclair and the USA’s Tobin Heath were tied at four each.
 
Leon was a half-time substitute taking off Nichelle Prince. Diana Matheson came in at 75’ for Allysha Chapman. Canada’s final substitution saw Jordyn Huitema replace Janine Beckie in the 88’.
 
Canada, the USA and Jamaica have all qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ with  Jamaica earning the third spot by defeating Panama on penalties in the third place match.  The Official Draw for France 2019 will take place in Paris on 8 December 2018.
 
With ten months to go until the next edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup
since Canada lasted hosted in 2015, the team will use the experience of the Concacaf Women’s Championship to assess its tournament readiness, especially its strength at adapting to quick turn around times between matches, and will be further developing strategies leading in to 2019.
 
Fans can follow Canada’s journey to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ through exclusive behind-the scenes content and post-match commentary on Canada Soccer’s digital channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
 
Fans of the women’s game can also find additional information and stories on FIFA’s Women’s World Cup™ channels on Twitter and Facebook.

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team 
Canada are two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada will 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 and the only FIFA Member Association to repeat on the podium.
 
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team have previously made six FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances and qualified five times (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) as Canada hosted the record breaking 2015 edition where 1,353,506 fans attended matches, setting a new total attendance record for a FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™.  The highest attended match of the tournament was 54,027 for the Canada vs. England quarter-final in Vancouver.

Canada Soccer 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Roster
Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller
 
GK – Stephanie Labbe, age 32, from Stony Plain, AB/ Lejonflocken Linköping (Damallsvenskan)
GK – Kailen Sheridan, age 23, from Whitby, ON/Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
FB - Lindsay Agnew, age 23, from Kingston, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB - Allysha Chapman, age 29, from Courtice, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB – Ashley Lawrence, age 23, from Caledon, ON/Paris Saint Germain (Division 1 Féminine France)
FB – Emma Regan, age 18, from Burnaby, BC/ The University of Texas at Austin (NCAA)
CB - Kadeisha Buchanan, age 22, from Brampton, ON/ Olympique Lyonnais (Division 1 Féminine France)
CB – Shelina Zadorsky, age 25, from London, ON/ Orlando Pride (NWSL)
M/CB –  Rebecca Quinn, age 23, from Toronto, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
M - Jessie Fleming, age 20, from London, ON/UCLA (NCAA)
M – Julia Grosso, age 18, from Vancouver, BC / The University of Texas at Austin (NCAA)
M –  Diana Matheson, age 34, from Oakville, ON/Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
M- Sophie Schmidt, age 30, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Frauen-Bundesliga)
M- Gabrielle Carle, age 20, from Levis, QC/ Florida State University (NCAA)
F- Jordyn Huitema, age 17, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
F – Adriana Leon, age 26, from King City, ON/ Seattle Reign FC (NWSL)
F – Nichelle Prince, age 23, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F – Deanne Rose, age 19, from Alliston, ON/ University of Florida Gators (NCAA)
F – Christine Sinclair (C ), age 35, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns (NWSL)
F - Janine Beckie, age 24, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Manchester City (FA Women's Super League)

 Additional information:

  • The average age of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team roster at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship is 24 years of age.
  • Stephanie Labbé, Gabrielle Carle and Adriana Leon celebrated birthdays during the competition.
  • Canada’s roster included five teenagers at the outset in Jordyn Huitema (17), Julia Grosso (18), Emma Regan (18), Gabrielle Carle (19 – now 20) and Deanne Rose (19).  Both Carle and Rose were members of Canada’s Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medal winning squad.
  • Christine Sinclair has the most appearances (274) for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, while Emma Regan made her first appearance during the competition.
  • Three members of the squad have over 100 appearances for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team (Sinclair, Matheson, Schmidt), while both Sinclair (274) and Matheson (201) have 200 or over appearances.  Matheson made her 200th appearance for Canada during the tournament in the Semi-Final match.
  • Sinclair is the highest goal scorer on the squad, and second all-time for FIFA, with 177 international goals.  Sinclair trails retired US player Abby Wambach, the current record holder with 184, by 7 goals.  Sinclair needs 8 goals to set the world record for most international goals ever for men and women.

Past Concacaf Women’s Championship goals

  • Canada scored 24 goals, and let in three, in the most recent Concacaf Women’s tournament, the 2016 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifier in Texas which qualified Canada for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where the team captured it second consecutive Olympic Bronze Medal.

  • Prince, Quinn and Lawrence each recorded three-goal games at the 2016 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifier
  • Sinclair scored two goals in the Semi-Final against Costa Rica to clinch Canada’s spot in Rio.

Other recent Concacaf information

  • Jordyn Huitema took home the Golden Boot at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Tournament, netting 5 goals for Canada.


About Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at canadasoccer.com
 

Having achieved its primary goal of qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, Canada is now getting ready to take on the current World Champions USA on Wednesday, 17 October at 20:00 ET/17:00 PT.  The USA raised the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy in Vancouver, BC when Canada hosted the largest women’s sporting event in the world in 2015.
 
The Final will mark Canada Soccer Women’s National Team Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller’s first opportunity at the helm against Canada’s biggest rival.
 
“It’s a big rivalry. I am looking forward to this.  It’s what we as coaches and players live for – to play these matches,” said Heiner Moller. “We came here to qualify first, but we have been focused on this match for a few days and we intent to bring our Canadian DNA to the pitch and put it all out there.  We are now ten months away from the biggest event in women’s sport and getting the chance to play the reigning champions is an excellent opportunity to test ourselves as we begin to look towards France 2019.”

Canada have played the USA 59 times since 1986, most recently in a two-game series in 2017 that saw Canada draw the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions 1-1 on home soil in Vancouver before falling 3:1 in San Jose in the return leg.  Long a powerhouse in the women’s game, the USA have seen nations including Canada rise in the ranks and steadily threaten their current number one ranking. Canada’s last five games against the USA have resulted in two ties and three losses with close scoring lines. 
 
“Anytime you are talking about Canada versus the USA you are talking about two teams that want to beat each other and aren’t going to give up a centimeter on the field to each other,” said veteran midfielder Diana Matheson. “They are always great games against the USA and it’s a rivalry, it’s a derby, and especially with this away crowd for us I think we relish that opportunity.”
 
With the stage set for the Final, the tournament was destined to see these two teams clash in the continental championship. Both Canada and the USA have gone undefeated in the tournament with the USA scoring 24 goals and Canada scoring 23.  Both teams have players in the running for most goals in the tournament with Canada’s Adriana Leon (6) and the USA’s Alex Morgan (6) tied, and Canada’s Christine Sinclair, Jordyn Huitema and USA’s Tobin Heath tied with four apiece. 
 
Both teams are in the unique position of having won the competition the last time they both competed in it with Canada winning in 2010 and the USA winning in 2014.  Canada did not participate in 2014 as hosts for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.
 
Fans can watch the Concacaf Women’s Championship Final match LIVE on Concacaf Go at cwc.concacafgo.com and follow Canada Soccer on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
 
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team 
Canada are two-time Olympic bronze medal winners (2012 and 2016) and two-time CONCACAF champions (1998 and 2010). In all, Canada will 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 and the only FIFA Member Association to repeat on the podium.
 
Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team have previously made six FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances and qualified five times (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011) as Canada hosted the record breaking 2015 edition where 1,353,506 fans attended matches, setting a new total attendance record for a FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™.  The highest attended match of the tournament was 54,027 for the Canada vs. England quarter-final in Vancouver.

Canada Soccer 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship Roster
Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller
 
GK – Stephanie Labbe, age 32, from Stony Plain, AB/ Lejonflocken Linköping (Damallsvenskan)
GK – Kailen Sheridan, age 23, from Whitby, ON/Sky Blue FC (NWSL)
FB - Lindsay Agnew, age 23, from Kingston, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB - Allysha Chapman, age 29, from Courtice, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
FB – Ashley Lawrence, age 23, from Caledon, ON/Paris Saint Germain (Division 1 Féminine France)
FB – Emma Regan, age 18, from Burnaby, BC/ The University of Texas at Austin (NCAA)
CB - Kadeisha Buchanan, age 22, from Brampton, ON/ Olympique Lyonnais (Division 1 Féminine France)
CB – Shelina Zadorsky, age 25, from London, ON/ Orlando Pride (NWSL)
M/CB –  Rebecca Quinn, age 23, from Toronto, ON/ Washington Spirit (NWSL)
M - Jessie Fleming, age 20, from London, ON/UCLA (NCAA)
M – Julia Grosso, age 18, from Vancouver, BC / The University of Texas at Austin (NCAA)
M –  Diana Matheson, age 34, from Oakville, ON/Utah Royals FC (NWSL)
M- Sophie Schmidt, age 30, from Abbotsford, BC/ FFC Frankfurt (Frauen-Bundesliga)
M- Gabrielle Carle, age 20, from Levis, QC/ Florida State University (NCAA)
F- Jordyn Huitema, age 17, from Chilliwack, BC/ Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite/ Canada Soccer Regional EXCEL Super Centre (British Columbia)
F – Adriana Leon, age 26, from King City, ON/ Seattle Reign FC (NWSL)
F – Nichelle Prince, age 23, from Ajax, ON/ Houston Dash (NWSL)
F – Deanne Rose, age 19, from Alliston, ON/ University of Florida Gators (NCAA)
F – Christine Sinclair (C ), age 35, from Burnaby, BC/ Portland Thorns (NWSL)
F - Janine Beckie, age 24, from Highlands Ranch, CO/ Manchester City (FA Women's Super League)

 Additional information:

  • The average age of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team roster at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship is 24 years of age.
  • Stephanie Labbé, Gabrielle Carle and Adriana Leon celebrated birthdays during the competition.
  • Canada’s roster included five teenagers at the outset in Jordyn Huitema (17), Julia Grosso (18), Emma Regan (18), Gabrielle Carle (19 – now 20) and Deanne Rose (19).  Both Carle and Rose were members of Canada’s Rio 2016 Olympic Bronze Medal winning squad.
  • Christine Sinclair has the most appearances (273) for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, while Emma Regan made her first appearance during the competition.
  • Three members of the squad have over 100 appearances for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team (Sinclair, Matheson, Schmidt), while both Sinclair (273) and Matheson (200) have 200 or over appearances.  Matheson made her 200th appearance for Canada during the tournament in the Semi-Final match.
  • Sinclair is the highest goal scorer on the squad, and second all-time for FIFA, with 177 international goals.  Sinclair trails retired US player Abby Wambach, the current record holder with 184, by 7 goals.  Sinclair needs 8 goals to set the world record for most international goals ever for men and women.

 
Past Concacaf Women’s Championship goals

  • Canada scored 24 goals, and let in three, in the most recent Concacaf Women’s tournament, the 2016 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifier in Texas which qualified Canada for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where the team captured it second consecutive Olympic Bronze Medal.
  • Prince, Quinn and Lawrence each recorded three-goal games at the 2016 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifier
  • Sinclair scored two goals in the Semi-Final against Costa Rica to clinch Canada’s spot in Rio.

Other recent Concacaf information

  • Jordyn Huitema took home the Golden Boot at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Tournament, netting 5 goals for Canada.


About Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer, in partnership with its membership and its partners, provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in soccer, both at the national and international levels. Canada Soccer not only strives to lead Canada to victory, but also encourages Canadians to a life-long passion for soccer. For more details on Canada Soccer, visit the official website at canadasoccer.com
 

Canada has qualified for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ after defeating Panama 7:0 in the tournament Semi-Final in Frisco, Texas.   

Canada will now move on to the Final against the winner of tonight’s second Semi-Final match between hosts USA and Jamaica.  The Final will be held on Wednesday, 17 October at 20:00 ET/17:00 PT and fans can watch the match on Concacaf Go at cwc.concacafgo.com and follow Canada Soccer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

“I’m very happy for this team. For us, qualifying that’s the only thing we talked about getting here, that was for us to qualify,” said Canadian Women’s National Team Head Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller. “Right now, everyone needs to decompress a little bit. We’ve qualified so now we need to set a new goal.”

Canada had much of the possession for the first 20 minutes but were unable to break through Panama’s back line. Allysha Chapman had the best chance after a defender error but her shot at the inside post was saved by Farissa Cordoba. Canada finally broke through in the 44’ when Janine Beckie took a ball wide from Allysha Chapman and swung in a long cross to the back post for Christine Sinclair who confidentally headed home for her 176th career goal to give Canada a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

Canada did not let up the pressure from the start of the second half scoring three goals in six minutes. Canada’s second goal came from a build up initiated by Allysha Chapman with a ball played in to Diana Matheson who dummied it for Rebecca Quinn. Quinn crossed the ball across goal and Player of the Match Jessie Fleming headed it home. Just three minutes later, Schmidt played the ball wide to halftime substitute Nichelle Prince. Prince served a ball up for Christine Sinclair who, despite being defended by two Panamanians, headed it home for her second of the match. Canada did not let up as Jessie Fleming played a perfect penetrating pass from half through to a running Janine Beckie who took a touch and buried for Canada’s fourth goal.

“The first half wasn’t really what we wanted it to be, but, we went into the locker room and said that we needed to get a bit more pace getting into the box, a bit more aggression getting into the box and people wanting to get on the end of crosses.” Fleming said. “We’re pretty excited. Qualifying was our main goal coming into the tournament and now we get an opportunity to play against either the US or Jamaica in the Final.”

Janine Beckie’s free kick in the 64’ made it through to the goalkeeper who parried it directly into the path of Rebecca Quinn.  Quinn calmly buried for Canada’s fifth. In the 76’, Nichelle Prince took a Jessie Fleming header wide and beat her defender before passing a ball along to Adriana Leon for her competition leading fifth goal. Just two minutes later, Leon scored again on a volley off a nice touch by Prince.

“The first half was nervy. We expected our possession on the ball would have created more chances,” said Heiner-Moller. “We thought it was an in-front game, playing in front of their back four, but, it was actually an in-behind game and we identified that in the break. There were a few changes, but, it was more down to being comfortable and bringing that Canadian DNA.”
 
Heading into the Semi-Final undefeated, Canada had been building momentum against its opponents scoring 17 goals while conceding only one.  Canada defeated Jamaica 2:0 in its opening match; went on to defeat Cuba 12:0 in its second match; and earned top spot in Group B with a 3:1 win over Costa Rica in its third group stage match.

Looking ahead to the Final
Tonight’s Semi-Final match between the USA and Jamaica will determine Canada’s opponent for the Final of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

Canada have played the USA 59 times since 1986, most recently in a two-game series in 2017 that saw Canada draw the reigning FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions 1-1 on home soil in Vancouver before falling 3:1 in San Jose in the second leg.  Long a powerhouse in the women’s game, the USA have seen nations including Canada rise in the ranks and steadily threaten their current number one ranking. Canada’s last five games against the USA have resulted in two ties and three losses with close scoring lines. 

Despite having won seven of its clashes against Jamaica, including the opening match in this tournament, Jamaica has provided fierce competition in the Concacaf Women’s Championship as they strive to make its mark on the confederation.  Well organised and dangerous on the counter attack, Jamaica have shown incredible development since Canada’s previous match against the Caribbean nation outside of the tournament, an 11:1 victory in 2007. 

Line Ups
Canada’s Semi-Final starting XI featured Stephanie Labbé in net, Ashley Lawrence at right back, Kadeisha Buchanan and Rebecca Quinn at centre back, and Allysha Chapman at left back.  Jessie Fleming, Sophie Schmidt and Julie Grosso made up the midfield, while Diana Matheson, making her 200th appearance for Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team joined Janine Beckie up front with Captain Christine Sinclair.
 
Subs: Nichelle Prince replaced Julia Gross at halftime. In the 64’, Shelina Zadorsky replaced Kadeisha Buchanan and Adriana Leon replaced Christine Sinclair in the 68’.

 

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