Ashley Lawrence with the U17 team last year. - Canadian Soccer Association Flikr
John Herdman has finalized his roster ahead of the Cyprus Cup which gets underway Wednesday as Canada takes on Switzerland.
Canada's roster is all set for the Cyprus Cup and it includes a lot of familiar faces from last summer's bronze medal winning team but also some fresh young faces. The event will be used for John Herdman and his staff to continue working on the new playing style that they started to integrate at the Yongchaun Cup in China. This time around though they will do it with a lot more of the regular senior team players including a return from suspension for Christine Sinclair.
Sinclair will be eligible to make her return to the Canadian lineup for the second game of the event when she has completed her four game suspension that stemmed from her comments regarding officiating during the Olympic semifinal against the United States. Her return to the lineup will be a welcome addition for Canada as they gear up for a busy spring that includes games against some of the top women's teams in the World.
Sincy is joined on the roster by Melanie Booth, Jonelle Filigno, Carmelina Moscato, Christina Julien, and Brittany Timko who are all looking to make their first appearances since the London games. The roster also includes goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé who has not been included in a Canadian squad since this event last year.
With the core of senior players back in place it will be interesting to see how Herdman is able to integrate the young players that he called into the squad. Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Adriana Leon, and Christabel Oduro bring a lot of youth into the team and represent a big part of the programs future. With Buchanan and Lawrence both being born in 1995 (turning 18 this year) they are certainly ones for the future but with Canada focused on getting ready for the 2015 World Cup on home soil now is the time to start integrating the top young players into the squad so that they will be ready by the time the event kicks off.
Canada's tournament is made up of games against Switzerland (March 6), Finland (March 8), the Netherlands (March 11) and then hopefully an appearance in the final (March 13). It does not appear that the games will be available to watch in Canada but the CSA is hoping to provide coverage and highlights as the tournament progresses.
Canada's 22-Woman roster:
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- Chelsea Stewart | USA / UCLA
FB- Rhian Wilkinson | USA / Boston Breakers
M- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Rutgers University
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Seattle Reign FC
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Christabel Oduro |
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Desiree Scott | USA / FC Kansas City
M- Brittany Timko |
F- Christina Julien |
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Boston Breakers
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC