REVENGE!!!!!!!!!! (On June 19th) - Martin Rose
The Canadian women's national team's packed dance card for 2013 just got two more dates added to it, as the CSA has announced two friendlies for the team against European opponents.
If you can't get enough of your favourite Olympic bronze medal winning Canadian women's soccer stars -- well, you're in luck. The Canadian Soccer Association has just announced two friendlies in England and Germany later this year, as part of their hosts' preparations for the 2013 UEFA Women's Euro.
The Canadian women will take on England on April 7th at the New York Stadium in Rotherham, England -- while members of England's squad met Canada in an Olympic quarterfinal last summer as part of the Great Britain squad, this will be the teams' first scheduled clash in two years, with that matchup ending in a 2-0 win for the Canadians at the 2011 Cyprus Cup. The team may yet face England in Cyprus, however that potential matchup will depend on the results of that tournament.
This is followed by a date with Germany on June 19th, in a German venue that is yet to be determined. The last time these two teams met, the Germans eked out a 2-1 win, while Christine Sinclair broke her nose and scored in the 82nd minute. Though the Germans surprisingly didn't qualify for the Olympics, they remain an international powerhouse so it will be a tough game with the Canadians likely to be hungry for some revenge.
However, there is a possibility that Sinclair and other NWSL players may not feature in these games -- since the league has yet to release their 2013 schedule. it's not known if any of these dates will clash with matches, or how much pull the CSA will have on teams and their schedules to make those players available. But without Sinclair and the senior players, could we see the youth shine? Time will tell, and we will have more on this story as it develops.