On the back of their 3-0 defeat against the United States the Canadian Women's National Team return to action on June 19th when they travel to Germany to take on the Germans in an international friendly. The match is just a one off with the players returning to their clubs following the friendly.
Canada has been busy this year already playing in two cup tournaments and adding a number of friendlies against strong sides along the way. It will be the team's 11th match of the calendar year already and will be their fifth straight match against a team currently ranked in the top 10 in the World.
Canada lost to the number one ranked USA on June 2nd but things will not get a whole lot easier when they take on the second ranked Germans. The Germans are another country that has had Canada's number in the past and will look to continue a spell of dominance that has seen them win all 10 meetings between the two nations. The most recent meeting between the two ended in a 2-1 win for Germany in the opening game of the 2011 World Cup.
Simply put Canada would be in tough when they head to Paderborn, Germany on June 19th even if they brought the complete first choice roster. The Germans will have a strong side because they are using this match as preparation for the approaching Euro 2013 Championships. Canada on the other hand are using the match as another step towards the 2015 World Cup and have once again brought in a number of fresh faces along with some of the normal names.
Herdman may have taken a step back from his long-term plans by naming basically the entire first team for the match against the United States since it was a big rivalry match on home soil but now it seems that he is back to trying to find players who are capable of contributing on the international stage.
This time around Canada has gone with a lot less of the core squad making room for some new faces. Defender Rachel Melhado and forward Melissa Busque are both getting their first call to the senior team and serve as proof of why Canada decided to create the EXCEL Program as both players impressed in a recent camp setting the stage for them to be included in this squad.
Melhado is a 20 year-old defender who has represented Canada at youth levels but this is her first look at the top tier. She currently plays for the University of Louisville and was also a key member of Canada's last U20 World Cup squad as she started all three games and went the full 90 in the back four twice.
Busque plays in Seattle for Seattle University and the Sounders Women team. She is a 23 year old attacker who had fallen off the radar a bit since representing Canada at the youth level but impressing during the EXCEL Camp was enough to earn her a senior call.
With 13 of the players in the squad having been part of the squad against the United States there are still a good deal of familiar names. Melhado and Busque are joined by Stephanie Labbe, Chelsea Stewart, and Adrian Leon as the players coming into the squad to round out the 18 woman roster.
GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / KIF Örebro DFF
GK- Erin McLeod | USA / Chicago Red Stars
D- Kadeisha Buchanan | CAN / Toronto Lady Lynx
D- Robyn Gayle | USA / Washington Spirit
D- Rachel Melhado | USA / University of Louisville
D- Carmelina Moscato | USA / Chicago Red Stars
D- Desiree Scott | USA / FC Kansas City
D- Lauren Sesselmann | USA / FC Kansas City
D- Chelsea Stewart | USA / UCLA
D- Rhian Wilkinson | USA / Boston Breakers
D- Emily Zurrer | USA / Seattle Reign FC
M- Kaylyn Kyle | USA / Seattle Reign FC
M- Diana Matheson | USA / Washington Spirit
M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Sky Blue FC
M- Danica Wu | CAN / Comètes de Laval
F- Mélissa Busque | USA / Seattle University
F- Adriana Leon | USA / Boston Breakers
F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC