Canada: December 2012 Camp Roster – Youth Movement Gets An Early Start

On Tuesday, Canada Soccer released head coach John Herdman’s roster of 27 players for the Canada Women’s National Team’s final camp of 2012* — and first of 2015 Women’s World Cup cycle. The roster contains twelve players born after 1990, including  five from Canada’s most recent Under-20 WNT and four more from its Under-17 WNT, along with three other players born after 1990. Only twelve members of Canada’s Bronze Medal winning Olympic team have been called up, as the players on that team who played overseas or in college were given the camp off. The training camp will last nine days and run from Wednesday, December 12th to the 20th (a Thursday). Its main purposes, according to Herdman will be to “provide baseline testing as well as serve as an identification camp as we launch our new quadrennial cycle in 2013.”

*CanadaSoccer.com’s write-up is curiously dated December 3rd (Monday), but the roster was officially announced on Tuesday, the 4th.

In the conference call that accompanied the roster announcement, Herdman lamented about a lack of talent in the “conveyor belt” up to the senior women’s national, specifically the 22 to 25 year-old range. Thus, the need to cast a wide net among younger players. Herdman also tried to set low expectations for the team’s near-term performance, as he works in the younger players ahead of the 2015 WWC, which is hosted by Canada:

“We’re going to have to expose a lot of young players, very young players, to the international game, and give them caps and playing minutes, which means we may not be able to get the results that you’d want,” Herdman said. “But in the long term it will help us be in a much stronger position in 2015 and 2016.”

“If I go with a team that’s 30-plus into that women’s World Cup and Olympic Games, all I’m going to do is compound the problem,” he said. “I’m going to have to take a real helicopter view and make sure that we pave a pathway, so the next coach in 2019 and 2020 isn’t in the same situation as I’m in now.”

Source: Canadian Press wire article (via TSN.ca).

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See also: Herdman: Tough times ahead for women’s soccer in Canada (The11.ca)

The twelve players called up from the Olympics are

  • Booth, Melanie (b. 1984, defender)
  • Kyle, Kaylyn (b. 1988, midfielder)
  • LeBlanc, Karina (b. 1980, goalkeeper)
  • McLeod, Erin (b. 1983, goalkeeper)
  • Moscato, Carmelina (b. 1984, defender)
  • Schmidt, Sophie (b. 1988, midfielder)
  • Scott, Desiree (b. 1987, midfielder)
  • Sesselmann, Lauren (b. 1983, defender)
  • Sinclair, Christine (b. 1983, forward)
  • Tancredi, Melissa (b. 1981, forward)
  • Timko, Brittany (b. 1985, midfielder)
  • Zurrer, Emily (b. 1987, defender)

The remaining eight Bronze Medalists not called up include (with reason in parentheses): Candace Chapman (recovering from Olympic calf injury), Jonelle Filigno (Rutgers), Robyn Gayle (unclear, possibly injury recovery), Diana Matheson (Lillestrøm SK Kvinner), Marie-Eve Nault (unclear/vacation), Kelly Parker (unclear), Chelsea Stewart (UCLA), and Rhian Wilkinson (Lillestrøm SK Kvinner).

The five Canada U-20 WNT players:

  • Leon, Adriana (b. 1992, forward, U. of Florida) – Scored a first-half hat trick against 10-woman Argentina in the U-20 WWC. Also had two assists. Scored the winning goal for Notre Dame in the 2010 College Cup. Transferred afterwards to Florida.
  • Oduro, Christabel (b. 1992, midfielder/forward, Memphis)
  • Richardson, Jenna (b. 1992, forward, Oregon State) – Canada’s leading scorer in qualifying with 4 goals, including the early goal against the USA in the final. Had a goal and an assist in the U-20 WWC. {first senior national team call-up}
  • Zadorsky, Shelina (b. 1992, defender, U. of Michigan) – U-20 WNT captain {first senior national team call-up}
  • D’Angelo, Sabrina (b. 1993, goalkeeper, U. of South Carolina) – A stand-out goalkeeper who had a strong performance in qualifying.

The four Canada U-17 WNT players {first senior call-ups for all of them}:

  • Buchanan, Kadeisha (b. 1995, defender)
  • Clarke, Summer (b. 1995, forward) – scored 1 of Canada’s 4 U-17 WWC goals and 6 of 17 in qualifying
  • Lawrence, Ashley (b. 1995, midfielder) – U-17 WNT captain
  • Prince, Nichelle (b. 1995, forward) – scored 1 of Canada’s 4 U-17 WWC goals and 2 of 17 goals in qualifying. Also had 2 assists during the U-17 WWC.

Three more players were born after 1990:

And, the other three players called up:

  • Lagonia, Alyssa (b. 1989, midfielder) – played for Doncaster Rovers Belles (FA WSL) in 2012. Named Canadian University Player of the Year in 2011.
  • McCalla, Brooke (b. 1987, midfielder) – Has 7 senior WNT caps, all under Morace (CanadaSoccer.com profile), a University at Buffalo (SUNY) alumna.
  • Robinson, Jodi-Ann (b. 1989, forward) – played in the 2007 and 2011 senior Women’s World Cups, plus the 2008 Olympics. First call-up since the 2011 WWC (CanadaSoccer.com profile).

(Source links to FIFA.com box scores, statistics, etc., omitted.)

Canada’s next matches will be in January at the Four Nations Tournament (Yongchuan) in China. Christine Sinclair, who received a four match ban by FIFA for comments made after the USA/Canada Olympic semifinal, will miss that tournament.