Canada will be sending a mix of youth and experience to Cyprus for the 2013 edition of the Cyprus Cup tournament. The ladies lost the final last year to France 2-0, and even though they got their revenge in the Olympic bronze final a few months later, the ladies will be hungry to reclaim the cup, which they won in 2011.
Coach John Herdman has gone with a side consisting of most of the squad from London, while infusing it with a number of players who made their debuts at last month's Yongchuan Cup (Four Nations tournament) in Chongqing, China. It will be the coach's last chance to see a complete squad together, before the team disbands to head off to their NWSL or European teams.
One NWSL-bound players who will not be in Cyprus is Candace Chapman, who is still coming off an injury. In her place is Kadeisha Buchanan, who was part of last year's U-17 World Cup team. Her captain for that tournament, Ashley Lawrence, also received a call up. This will be Buchanan's second senior squad, while this is Lawrence's first. The youth contingent will also include the Seattle Reign's Tiffany Cameron and Boston Breakers' Adriana Leon, both of whom received significant on-field time in China.s
Stephanie Labbe also returns to the senior squad as a third 'keeper; the Stony Plain, Alberta native will likely push her fellow Albertan Erin McLeod and Karina LeBlanc for a spot in the top tandem.
Meanwhile, good news for fans of Christine Sinclair: after sitting out the Yongchuan Cup due to her four-game suspension, she will be available for selection after the team's opening game against Switzerland on March 6th, and the first game she could return to the field will be on March 8th against Finland. The team will close out the group stage against the Netherlands on the 11th, followed by a finals day on the 13th.
Here is the full list of the 25 selected:
GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
GK- Karina LeBlanc | USA / Portland Thorns FC
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Chicago Red Stars
CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16
CB- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Chicago Red Stars
CB- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / FC Kansas City
CB- Emily Zurrer | USA / Seattle Reign FC
FB- Melanie Booth | USA / Sky Blue FC
FB- Robyn Gayle | USA / Washington Spirit
FB- Ashley Lawrence | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles
FB- Bryanna McCarthy | USA / Western New York Flash
FB- Chelsea Stewart | USA / UCLA
FB- Rhian Wilkinson | USA / Boston Breakers
MF - Tiffany Cameron | USA / Seattle Reign FC
MF - Jonelle Filigno | USA / Rutgers University
MF - Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Seattle Reign FC
MF - Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
MF - Christabel Oduro |
MF - Jodi-Ann Robinson | USA / Western New York Flash
MF - Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
MF - Desiree Scott | USA / FC Kansas City
MF - Brittany Timko |
FW - Christina Julien |
FW - Adriana Leon | USA / Boston Breakers
FW - Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC