Neighbor Watch: Canada’s Roster For CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying 2020

And, the award for the most consistent team roster goes to… Canada.

All twenty players on Canada’s roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship were members of their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup squad, including every player who featured on-field for Canada in France.

Canada, who earned Bronze Medals in 2012 and 2016, will be hoping to qualify for its fourth-straight Summer Olympics.  Veteran forward Christine Sinclair is also hoping to make her fourth Olympics, while eyeing the career international goals record that is currently held by USWNT legend Abby Wambach.

External Link:  Canada Soccer announces squad for Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship

Sinclair, who sits on 183 goals, could break Wambach’s 184 goal tally as soon as Canada’s opening match in Group B against debutante minnows Saint Kitts & Nevis.  (Basic career statistics and 2019-2018 calendar year statistics for all players on the roster are included for reference at the end of the article.)

The roster also features four active NCAA players:  Midfielders Gabby Carle (Florida State) and Julia Grosso (Texas), who are the only field players that did not get on the pitch for Canada at last year’s WWC, plus outside back Jayde Riviere (Michigan) and forward Deanne Rose (Florida).  Also on the roster is midfielder Jessie Fleming, who just wrapped up her senior season with UCLA.

Riviere and Grosso are both eligible for this year’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup, as is forward Jordyn Huitema, who followed in Lindsey Horan’s footsteps, bypassing the NCAA, and playing professionally in France for PSG.

Cut from the 2019 WWC roster are three defenders:  Lindsay Agnew, Jenna Hellstrom, and Shannon Woeller.  These three had fewer on-field minutes in 2019 than any of the seventeen field players named to the current roster, with only Agnew starting a match last year.

Agnew is also one of four players from the 2018 WWC qualifying roster who is not on the current roster, along with goalkeeper Erin McLeod and midfielder Diana Matheson, who both had injury issues in 2019 (sportsnet.ca).  The fourth player missing from the 2018 roster is outside back Emma Regan, a sophomore at the University of Texas (team profile), who was somewhat of a surprise pick, having been uncapped prior to the tournament (Canada Soccer profile).  Regan has not been in a senior Canadian WNT camp since.

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Three-Five-Uhh…

In preparation for the 2019 WWC, head coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller has toyed with a 3-5-2 formation,** which he deployed as in-match adjustments during the WWC, most successfully against New Zealand, where he shifted midfielder Sophie Schmidt to the back line and pushing up the outside backs. (Twitter)

**What specific variation/s of the 3-5-2 has/have been used remains unclear, e.g. a 3-1-4-2 or 3-2-3-2.

Heiner-Moller has used the formation during post-WWC matches, even as Canada struggled against top tier opponents such as Japan.

For more details, see these Harjeet Johal articles at The Equalizer:


CANADA’S ROSTER FOR CONCACAF OLYMPIC QUALIFYING 2020

Goalkeepers (3):
Sabrina D’Angelo (Vittsjö GIK)
Stephanie Labbé (NC Courage)
Kailen Sheridan (Sky Blue FC)

Defenders – Center Backs (3):
Kadeisha Buchanan (FCF Olympique Lyonnais)
Rebecca Quinn (Seattle Reign FC)
Shelina Zadorsky (Orlando Pride)

Defenders – Outside Backs (3):
Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash)
Ashley Lawrence (Paris St-Germain FC)
Jayde Riviere (Michigan)

Midfielders (5):
Gabrielle Carle (Florida State)
Jessie Fleming (UCLA/unattached)
Julia Grosso (Texas)
Sophie Schmidt (Houston Dash)
Desiree Scott (Utah Royals FC)

Forwards (6):
Janine Beckie (Manchester City)
Jordyn Huitema (Paris St-Germain FC)
Adriana Leon (West Ham United)
Nichelle Prince (Houston Dash)
Deanne Rose (Florida)
Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC)


STATISTICS AND DETAILS TABLES

Table 1 presents basic details about each player on the roster (height, date of birth, age, international caps, international goals, and international assists).

Tables 2 and 3 list 2019 and 2018, respectively, summary statistics for field players on the roster (matches started, minutes played, goals, assists, et cetera).

Table 4 presents basic goalkeeping statistics in 2019 and 2018 for the three goalkeepers on the roster.

Table 1 is sorted by position, then by alphabetical order.  Tables 2 through 4 are sorted by minutes played.

All year-by-year statistics are from CanadaSoccer.com and may differ from Canada Soccer’s official records and results book (issuu.com).

Table 1:  Canada’s Olympic Qualifying Roster – Basic Details

PLAYER                P.   HT.       D.O.B.      AGE  | CAPS  GOALS   A.
Sheridan, Kailen      GK   5'9"    07/16/1995   24.54 |    7      0    0
D’Angelo, Sabrina     GK   5'8"    05/11/1993   26.72 |    7      0    0
Labbé, Stephanie      GK   5'9"    10/10/1986   33.30 |   67      0    0
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Buchanan, Kadeisha    CB   5'7"    11/05/1995   24.23 |   95      4    2
Quinn, Rebecca        CB   5'9"    08/11/1995   24.47 |   54      5    3
Zadorsky, Shelina     CB   5'8"    10/24/1992   27.26 |   59      1    1
Riviere, Jayde        FB   5'4"    01/22/2001   19.01 |    9      0    0
Lawrence, Ashley      FB   5'7"    06/11/1995   24.63 |   83      5    8
Chapman, Allysha      FB   5'3"    01/25/1989   31.01 |   69      1    3
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Grosso, Julia         MF   5'7"    08/29/2000   19.41 |   16      0    1
Fleming, Jessie       MF   5'5"    12/15/1998   21.12 |   70      9    4
Carle, Gabrielle      MF   5'6"    10/12/1998   21.30 |   15      1    1
Schmidt, Sophie       MF   5'8"    06/28/1988   31.58 |  191     19   20
Scott, Desiree        MF   5'1"    07/31/1987   32.50 |  148      0    2
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Huitema, Jordyn       FW   5'11"   05/08/2001   18.72 |   25      6    0
Rose, Deanne          FW   5'4"    03/03/1999   20.91 |   43      8    5
Prince, Nichelle      FW   5'5"    02/19/1995   24.94 |   55     11    9
Beckie, Janine        FW   5'8"    08/20/1994   25.44 |   63     27    6
Leon, Adriana         FW   5'3"    10/02/1992   27.32 |   63     15    2
Sinclair, Christine   FW   5'9"    06/12/1983   36.63 |  289    183   55

Source: CanadaSoccer.com
Age is calculated as of the start of the tournament (28-Jan-2020).
Heights are converted from centimeters.

Columns Legend for Tables 2 and 3

  • MP:  Matches Played (caps)
  • MS:  Matches Started
  • MIN:  Minutes Played
  • G:  Goals Scored
  • A:  Assists
  • Y:  Yellow Cards (Cautions)
  • R:  Red Cards (Ejections)

Table 2:  Canada’s Olympic Qualifying Roster – 2019 Statistics

PLAYER - 2019         P.   MP   MS    MIN | G  A | Y  R
Lawrence, Ashley      OB   15   14   1215 | 0  4 | 0  0
Zadorsky, Shelina     CB   14   14   1125 | 0  0 | 0  0
Buchanan, Kadeisha    CB   14   13   1125 | 1  0 | 2  0
Sinclair, Christine   FW   15   14   1119 | 6  2 | 0  0
Schmidt, Sophie       MF   15   13   1105 | 1  0 | 0  0
Fleming, Jessie       MF   13   13   1072 | 2  0 | 0  0
Beckie, Janine        FW   15   12   1000 | 3  2 | 0  0
Scott, Desiree        MF   13   13    985 | 0  0 | 1  0
Prince, Nichelle      FW   12   10    786 | 1  1 | 1  0
Chapman, Allysha      OB   12   10    638 | 0  0 | 1  0
Huitema, Jordyn       FW   10    6    563 | 0  0 | 0  0
Quinn, Rebecca        CB   10    4    359 | 0  0 | 1  0
Riviere, Jayde        OB    8    3    316 | 0  0 | 0  0
Leon, Adriana         FW    9    1    238 | 1  0 | 0  0
Rose, Deanne          FW    8    3    236 | 0  0 | 0  0
Carle, Gabrielle      MF    5    2    206 | 0  0 | 0  0
Grosso, Julia         MF    7    2    188 | 0  0 | 0  0

 

Table 3:  Canada’s Olympic Qualifying Roster – 2018 Statistics

PLAYER - 2018         P.   MP   MS    MIN | G  A | Y  R
Lawrence, Ashley      OB   12   10    901 | 1  1 | 0  0
Sinclair, Christine   FW   12   10    898 | 8  1 | 0  0
Schmidt, Sophie       MF   12    9    852 | 0  4 | 0  0
Zadorsky, Shelina     CB   11    9    844 | 0  1 | 0  0
Quinn, Rebecca        CB   11    9    813 | 2  1 | 1  0
Fleming, Jessie       MF   10    9    804 | 3  2 | 1  0
Beckie, Janine        FW   11    9    766 | 4  1 | 0  0
Chapman, Allysha      OB   10    8    695 | 0  1 | 1  0
Buchanan, Kadeisha    CB    9    8    657 | 0  0 | 2  0
Prince, Nichelle      FW   11    7    541 | 4  4 | 0  0
Scott, Desiree        MF    6    5    416 | 0  0 | 0  0
Grosso, Julia         MF    8    4    271 | 0  1 | 0  0
Leon, Adriana         FW   10    1    240 | 6  2 | 0  0
Huitema, Jordyn       FW    8    2    214 | 4  0 | 0  0
Rose, Deanne          FW    5    1     75 | 1  0 | 0  0
Carle, Gabrielle      MF    1    0     31 | 0  0 | 0  0
Riviere, Jayde        OB ----no-appearances-in-2018----

 

Columns Legend For Table 4

  • MP:  Matches Played (caps)
  • MS:  Matches Started
  • MIN:  Minutes Played
  • GA:  Goals Allowed
  • CS:  Clean Sheets (Shutouts)

Table 4:  Canada’s Olympic Qualifying Roster – Goalkeeper Statistics (2018-2019)

GOALKEEPER          MP   MS   MIN | GA   CS
---2019------------------------------------
Labbé, Stephanie    11   11   900 |  7    8
D’Angelo, Sabrina    2    1   135 |  4    1
Sheridan, Kailen     1    1    90 |  0    1
---2018------------------------------------
Labbé, Stephanie     9    8   720 | 10    4
Sheridan, Kailen     2    2   180 |  0    2
D’Angelo, Sabrina  -no-appearances-in-2018-

No goalkeeper was cautioned (yellow card) or ejected (red card) in 2018 or 2019.


BONUS:  SINCLAIR STATS

With Christine Sinclair just 2 goals away from surpassing Abby Wambach’s career record of 184 international goals, it’s a good time to review how Sinclair got to her current tally of 183 goals over her almost 20 year senior international career.  Here are a couple charts showing her scoring totals by year and her goals per 90 minutes ratio.

Data Source:  https://www.canadasoccer.com/?t=profile&pid=2971
(“Year-By-Year” tab)