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Pellerud Announces World Cup Roster

Posted on 8 September 2003 in Women's National Team / Olympic Team

Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Women's World Cup Team Head Coach Even Pellerud today announced his 20-player roster for the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup in the United States.

Silvana Burtini, Andrea Neil and Charmaine Hooper have been selected to their third consecutive World Cup while Isabelle Morneau, Sharolta Nonen and Karina LeBlanc are the only other players who have World Cup experience, having played in 1999 in the United States.

There are six players from the Under-19 team which won a silver medal at the FIFA Women's World Championship in 2002: Christine Sinclair, Erin McLeod, Sasha Andrews, Carmelina Moscato, Kara Lang and Brittany Timko.

Others include 18-year-old Tanya Dennis who impressed in earning her first two caps against Mexico last week; WUSA defenders Breanna Boyd and Sharolta Nonen (who was named to the WUSA First Team), Randee Hermus and Kristina Kiss who play for Floya in Norway, 19-year-old Diana Matheson who earned her first cap earlier this year, goalkeeper Taryn Swiatek who played for Canada at the Pan Am Games and striker Rhian Wilkinson who made her debut against the US in April.

“We have a strong roster with a good balance of youth and experience,” said Pellerud. “We have also a good mixture of speed, skill and leadership. It's a very flexible and versatile roster which can be changed to play certain formations. We are ready to play the way that is needed depending on the opponent. It's a team with an excellent fitness level and a healthy level of confidence.”

The squad will assemble in Kingston, Ontario on Thursday, September 11 and will play their final preparation game on Sunday, September 14 at Richardson Stadium in Kingston at 2:00 p.m. (live on Sportsnet in some areas).

The team will then travel to Columbus, Ohio on September 16 and will train there for four days before playing their opening game of Group C against Germany on September 20 at Crew Stadium at 5:45 local time (Rogers Sportsnet). Canada faces Argentina at 8:30 p.m. in Columbus on September 27 (Sportsnet) and wraps up the first round against Japan at 3:30 p.m. on September 27 in Foxboro (Sportsnet).

The Canadians are coming off two consecutive victories over Mexico (by a combined 14-0) and have not lost in nine games, dating back to a last-minute friendly against the United States on April 26. Since then they have won eight games (two-game series sweeps over Mexico - twice, England and Brazil) and drawn once (1-1 against Ghana on August 16).

Canada has played six World Cup games, losing four and drawing twice.

Canada vs Australia\tSunday, September 14, 2003 – 2:00 p.m.\tRichardson Stadium, Kingston, Ontario
Canada vs Germany\tSaturday, September 20 – 5:45 p.m.\tCrew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Canada vs. Argentina\tWednesday, September 24 – 8:30 p.m.\tCrew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Canada vs. Japan\tSaturday, September 27 – 3:30 p.m.\tGillette Stadium, Foxboro, MASS
Quarter-finals\t\tOctober 2, 2003 – TBA\t\t\tPGE Park, Portland, Oregon
Semi-final\t\tOctober 5, 2003 – TBA\t\t\tPGE Park, Portland, Oregon
Third-place\t\tOctober 11, 2003 – 12:30 p.m.\t\tHome Depot Centre, Carson, California
Final\t\t\tOctober 12, 2003 – 10:00 a.m.\t\tHome Depot Centre, Carson, California

Canadian Women's World Cup Team Roster

Sasha Andrews\tD\tEdmonton, AB\t14/2/83\t18\t2\tVancouver Whitecaps/U. of Nebraska
Breanna Boyd\tD\tEdmonton, AB\t10/6/81\t43\t2\tCarolina Courage
Silvana Burtini\tD/F\tWilliams Lake, BC\t10/5/69\t73\t38\tUnattached
Tanya Dennis\tD\tBrampton, ON\t8/26/85\t2\t0\tUniversity of Nebraska
Randee Hermus\tD\tLangley, BC\t14/11/79\t44\t4\tFloya (Norwegian Premier)
Charmaine Hooper\tD/F\tOttawa, ON\t15/1/68\t100\t57\tAtlanta Beat
Kristina Kiss\tM\tOttawa, ON\t13/2/81\t43\t5\tFloya (Norwegian Premier)
Kara Lang\tF\tOakville, ON\t22/10/86\t29\t19\tVancouver Whitecaps
Christine Latham \tF\tCalgary, AB\t15/9/81\t28\t9\tSan Diego Spirit
Karina LeBlanc\tGK\tMaple Ridge, BC\t30/3/80\t33\t12\tBoston Breakers
Diana Matheson\tM\tOakville, ON\t6/4/84\t12\t1\tToronto Inferno
Erin McLeod\tGK\tCalgary, AB\t26/2/83\t12\t3\tVancouver Whitecaps/SMU
Isabelle Morneau\tD\tGreenfield Park, QC\t18/4/76\t57\t6\tOttawa Fury\t
Carmelina Moscato\tM\tMississauga, ON\t2/5/84\t14\t1\tVancouver Whitecaps
Andrea Neil \tM\tVancouver, BC\t26/10/71\t86\t18\tVancouver Whitecaps
Sharolta Nonen\tD\tVancouver, BC\t30/12/77\t44\t1\tAtlanta Beat
Christine Sinclair\tF\tBurnaby, BC\t12/6/83\t50\t40\tVancouver Whitecaps/U. of Portland
Taryn Swiatek\tGK\tCalgary, AB\t4/2/81\t5\t2\tOttawa Fury
Brittany Timko\tM\tCoquitlam, BC\t5/9/85\t21\t0\tVancouver Whitecaps/U. of Nebraska
Rhian Wilkinson\tM/F\tBaie D'Urfe, QC\t12/5/82\t5\t2\tOttawa Fury/U. of Tennessee\t


Les Wilkinson\t\tHead of Delegation
Even Pellerud\t\tHead Coach
Ian Bridge\t\tAssistant Coach
Shel Brodsgaard\t\tGoalkeeper Coach
Paolo Bordignon\t\tAthletic Therapist
Cathy Campbell\t\tTeam Doctor
Jamie Fales\t\tEquipment Manager
Kim Sebrango\t\tManager
Bob Birarda\t\tScout
Holly Mair Massage Therapist
Morgan Quarry\t\tMedia Officer

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