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Pellerud announces Gold Cup roster

Posted on 17 November 2006 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - Canada's head coach Even Pellerud has named the 22-player roster that will represent Canada during the 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, being held on Nov. 22 and 26 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California

Canada will face either Panama or Jamaica in the semi-finals on November 22nd at 7:30pm ET in Carson. The stakes are high for that match as the winners of both semi-finals will earn a berth in the Championship final but most importantly, will qualify for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China.

Canada's head coach is counting on familiar faces. The team's impressive second place finish at the recent Peace Queen Cup tournament in South Korea has left Pellerud no choice but to stick to the same exact roster.

FIFA player of the year nominee Christine Sinclair, who earned six goals and the golden boot trophy at the Peace Queen Cup tournament, will lead the attack for the Canadians. This is Sinclair's second appearance at the Gold Cup.

Brittany Timko, the Coquitlam, BC native, recently became the first women's soccer player ever to win the Big 12 NCAA Player of the Year award for three consecutive seasons. In her 56 games for the Women's National team, she's earned the reputation as a remarkable playmaker.

Pellerud may also look to Isabelle Morneau of the Laval Comets to bring her game experience to Canada's defensive line. Morneau has earned 86 caps for the National team.

Canada has faired well between the posts recently. Erin McLeod of Calgary continued her strong play at the Peace Queen Cup tournament allowing only five goals in four matches. Goalkeeper Leisha Alcia of Ottawa earned her first cap for the senior team in South Korea and has been invited once again to join the squad in California.

“The ’Peace cup’ in Korea two weeks ago was a valid test on the team's ability to play as a unit and to perform under pressure. All 20 athletes contributed to the team's overall success and the coaching staff found it easy to reward the same players by inviting them all back to the Gold cup starting on Wednesday the 22nd,” Said head coach Even Pellerud.

“The team reported back to camp this Tuesday and has gone through four training sessions and three 25 minutes scrimmages against a boys team on Thursday.
Friday is traveling day and Saturday will be a two session day under the California sun, hopefully - and presumably good quality grass fields.”

He concluded by saying “These 20 players and some home based replacement players have worked really hard over the two and a half months and are more than excited about the upcoming challenge in this World Cup qualifying edition of Gold cup. We are all aware of the challenge ahead. Playing the winner of Panama/Jamaica - both proven considerable progress lately - will not be easy, but we are all determined to bring Canada to the World cup in China next September. The team has by now a good balance in positions and in age and experience and will be ready for the task.”

Canada has qualified for three consecutive Women's World Cups. They defeated Mexico 2:0 in the 2002 Gold Cup Semi-Final to secure a berth and finish a celebrated 4th place at the 2003 Women's World Cup in China.

Canada's Gold Cup match will be broadcast LIVE on Rogers Sportsnet

Rogers Sportsnet will broadcast Canada's CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final match LIVE in all regions at 7:30pm ET on Wednesday November 22nd.
See: http://www2.sportsnet.ca/tvschedule/index.php?schedDate=20061122 for additional details.

Canadian Women's National Team 2006 Gold Cup Roster

# / Player / Pos. / DOB / Caps / G/S* / Club / Hometown
1 / Alcia, Leisha / GK / 03/03/1982 / 1 / 0 / Ottawa Fury / Mississauga, ON
2 / Kiss, Kristina / M / 13/02/1981 / 53 / 5 / Unattached / Ottawa, ON
3 / Booth, Melanie / D/M / 8/24/1984 / 26 / 0 / University of Florida / Burlington, ON
4 / Andrews, Sasha / D / 2/24/1983 / 38 / 3 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Edmonton, AB
5 / Neil, Andrea / M / 10/26/1971 / 122 / 22 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Vancouver, BC
6 / Schmidt, Sophie / M/D / 6/28/1988 / 21 / 2 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Abbotsford, BC
7 / Morneau, Isabelle / D / 4/18/1976 / 85 / 6 / Laval Comets / Longueuil, QC
8 / Matheson, Diana / M / 4/16/1984 / 53 / 1 / Ottawa Fury / Oakville, ON
9 / Chapman, Candace / D/M / 4/21/1983 / 29 / 1 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Ajax, ON
10 / Franko, Martina / D/F / 1/13/1976 / 17 / 3 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Squamish, BC
11 / Hermus, Randee / D / 11/14/1979 / 78 / 7 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Langley, BC
12 / Sinclair, Christine / F / 06/12/1983 / 86 / 64 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Burnaby, BC
13 / Walsh, Amy / M / 9/13/1977 / 80 / 5 / Laval Comets / St. Bruno, QC
14 / Tancredi, Melissa / M / 12/27/1981 / 13 / 0 / Atlanta Silverbacks / Hamilton, ON
15 / Robinson, Jodi-Ann / F / 4/17/1989 / 7 / 1 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Richmond, BC
16 / Wilkinson, Rhian / F / 05/12/1982 / 30 / 4 / Ottawa Fury / Baie D'Urfe, QC
17 / Timko, Brittany / F/M / 09/05/1985 / 56 / 0 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Coquitlam, BC
18 / Gayle, Robyn / M / 10/31/1985 / 8 / 0 / University North Carolina / Mississauga, ON
19 / Vermeulen, Amy / F / 11/23/1983 / 3 / 0 / Ottawa Fury / Saskatoon, SK
22 / McLeod, Erin / GK / 2/26/1983 / 26 / 4 / Vancouver Whitecaps / Calgary, AB

* Goals/Shutouts

Staff
Even Pellerud - Head Coach
Ian Bridge - Assistant Coach
Bob Birarda - Assistant Coach
Les Meszaros - Team Manager
Dave Adolph - Athletic Therapist
Cathy Campbell - Team Doctor
Jamie Fales - Equipment Manager
Shelby Harlan - Massage Therapist
Victor Montagliani - Head of Delegation
Saul Miller - Sports Psychologist
Paul Dolan - Goalkeeper Coach

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