Ultimately disappointing at home four years ago – something the pressure of hosts very well could have played a part in – Canada will be looking for more of their Olympic rather than their World Cup form this summer.
The team has been in steady if not, uninspired form since John Herdman departed last year, their tendency of keeping clean sheets, something that has seen them go the year undefeated so far.
Not flashy, but getting the job done, the worry is the lack of goals for Canada – despite Christine Sinclair inching ever closer to tying (and besting) Abby Wambach’s record for most international goals scored (184).
Goalkeepers: Sabrina D’Angelo (Vittsjö GIK), Stephanie Labbé (North Carolina Courage), Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue).
Defenders: Lindsay Agnew (Houston Dash), Kadeisha Buchanan (Olympique Lyonnais), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Julia Grosso (University of Texas), Jenna Hellstrom (KIF Örebro), Rebecca Quinn (Paris FC), Shannon Woeller (Eskilstuna United), Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride).
Midfielders: Jessie Fleming (UCLA), Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint-Germain), Deanne Rose (University of Florida), Sophie Schmidt (Houston Dash), Desiree Scott (Utah Royals).
Attackers: Janine Beckie (Manchester City), Gabrielle Carle (Florida State University), Jordyn Huitema (Paris Saint-Germain), Adriana Leon (West Ham United), Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash), Jayde Riviere (Unattached), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns).
Canada’s record under Kenneth Heiner-Møller isn’t one to be sniffed at and it’s that record that has people wondering if the Canucks are actually the dark horses for the tournament. However, this is unlikely to be Canada’s summer. The results have been impressive enough but the performances lacked sparkle, the team a little too flat, maybe a little too preoccupied with getting Christine Sinclair to a record number of goals.
Also see: Our main 2019 Women’s World Cup page.
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