Pellerud Announces Roster for Friendlies Against Denmark, Norway and Sweden

Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Women’s World Cup Team head coach Even Pellerud has named his 18-player roster for another European tour from Sunday, May 22 to Wednesday, June 1, 2005. The Canadians will play international friendlies against Denmark on Wednesday, May 25 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sweden on Saturday, May 28 in Stockholm, Sweden, and concluding against Norway on Tuesday, May 31 in Oslo, Norway. “The senior women’s team is again touring Europe, this time to Scandinavia for three games. It is only a couple of weeks since we left Europe with impressive matches against Germany and France; creating great European reports on our team’s performances,” said Pellerud. “We certainly proved that we are still improving as a team; the consistent and evenly played games created a lot of confidence.” “The recent W-league kick-off can only benefit us in terms of game fitness, and I expect Canada to challenge all these strong Scandinavian teams; as they use us as their last sparring partner before the kick off of the European Championship final in June. Denmark, Sweden and Norway have all qualified for this championship and have consistently been top ranked teams in the world.”

Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Women’s World Cup Team head coach Even Pellerud has named his 18-player roster for another European tour from Sunday, May 22 to Wednesday, June 1, 2005. The Canadians will play international friendlies against Denmark on Wednesday, May 25 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sweden on Saturday, May 28 in Stockholm, Sweden, and concluding against Norway on Tuesday, May 31 in Oslo, Norway.
“The senior women’s team is again touring Europe, this time to Scandinavia for three games. It is only a couple of weeks since we left Europe with impressive matches against Germany and France; creating great European reports on our team’s performances,” said Pellerud. “We certainly proved that we are still improving as a team; the consistent and evenly played games created a lot of confidence.”
“The recent W-league kick-off can only benefit us in terms of game fitness, and I expect Canada to challenge all these strong Scandinavian teams; as they use us as their last sparring partner before the kick off of the European Championship final in June. Denmark, Sweden and Norway have all qualified for this championship and have consistently been top ranked teams in the world.”
Up front, Pellerud will be looking for scoring opportunities from Amber Allen (Chilliwack, BC), Christine Sinclair (Burnaby, BC), Katie Thorlakson (Langley, BC), and Brittany Timko (Coquitlam, BC).
In midfield, Pellerud has invited Diana Matheson (Oakville, ON), Andrea Neil (Vancouver, BC), Sophie Schmidt (Abbotsford, BC), Melissa Tancredi (Hamilton, ON), and Amy Walsh (Montreal, QC).
Sasha Andrews (Edmonton, AB), Candace Chapman (Ajax, ON), Tanya Dennis (Brampton, ON), Randee Hermus (Langley, BC), Charmaine Hooper (Ottawa, ON), and Isabelle Morneau (Longueuil, QC) will make up the defence for Canada.
“We are pleased to see Candace Chapman and Tanya Dennis back in the team after injuries and school commitments. These athletes will give us more depth and versatility,” added Pellerud.
The two goalkeepers for this tour are Karina LeBlanc (Maple Ridge, BC) and Taryn Swiatek (Calgary, AB). In Canada’s last outing, LeBlanc earned her 17th shutout in a 2:0 win France on April 27, 2005.
Oakville, Ontario native, Kara Lang is listed in all three non-goalkeeper positions.
Players who will not make it to Europe are Amanda Cicchini due to school commitments, and Jodi-Ann Robinson who will be with the Women’s U20 team in Houston, Texas for an international tournament.
Friendlies
Wednesday, May 25 @ 18:00 CEST vs Denmark
Brøndby Stadium – Copenhagen, Denmark
Saturday, May 28 @ 16:00 CEST vs Sweden
National Arena Rasunda Stadium – Stockholm, Sweden
Tuesday, May 31 @ 20:00 CEST vs Norway
Sarpsborg Stadium – Oslo, Norway
Canadian Roster
No.tNametD.O.B.tClubtPositiontCapstGoals/SO
01tKarina LeBlanct3/30/1980tNew Jersey WildcatstGKt44t17
20tTaryn Swiatekt2/4/1981tOttawa FurytGKt16t5
02tMelissa Tancredit12/27/1981tAtlanta SilverbackstMt9t0
03tSophie Schmidtt6/28/1988tVancouver WhitecapstMt4t1
04tSasha Andrewst2/14/1983tVancouver WhitecapstDt25t2
05tAndrea Neilt10/26/1971tVancouver WhitecapstMt104t21
06tTanya Dennist8/26/1985tU. of NebraskatDt12t0
07tIsabelle Morneaut4/18/1976tF.C. Select Rive-SudtDt73t6
08tDiana Mathesont4/6/1984tOttawa FurytMt33t1
09tCandace Chapmant4/2/1983 1tAtlanta SilverbackstDt21t1
10tCharmaine Hoopert1/15/1968tN/AtDt119t62
11tRandee Hermust11/14/1979tVancouver WhitecapstDt57t5
12tChristine Sinclairt6/12/1983tVancouver WhitecapstFt69t50
13tAmy Walsht9/13/1977tF.C. Select Rive-SudtMt60t5
14tAmber Allent10/21/1975tVancouver WhitecapstFt15t4
15tKara Langt10/22/1986tVancouver WhitecapstD/M/Ft44t21
16tKatie Thorlaksont1/14/1985tVancouver WhitecapstFt5t0
17tBrittany Timkot9/5/1985tVancouver WhitecapstFt38t0
Staff
Even PellerudtHead Coach
Ian BridgetAssistant Coach
Shel BrodsgaardtGoalkeeper Coach
Judy JosephtManager
Cathy CampbelltTeam Doctor
Dave AdolphtTeam Athletic Therapist
Adrian NewmantHead of Delegation
Holly MairtMassage Therapist

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