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Game Thread: Canada vs. Netherlands

Follow along as the Canadian women's national team try to lock up a place in the knockout stages of Canada 2015.

Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Canada vs. Netherlands

7:30 PM Eastern

Olympic Stadium Montreal, QC


The Headliner: Delivering the Knockout Punch

Canada hasn't had the most impressive start to the tournament, but that might all be forgotten if they can beat the Netherlands today and top Group A while simultaneously booking their place in the knockout stages.

In theory they don't even need to win or tie. If China beats New Zealand they are guaranteed to get a place in the next round. But finishing at the top of the group would give them some confidence going into the next round.

It is especially important that they start scoring in this game, as the offense has been dormant since the tournament kicked off. It has been par for the course for this group, however, as only three goals have been scored in the four matches that have been played so far.

The goal will be the same for the Netherlands who are normally known as an offensively talented team, but haven't shown that so far this competition.

The players to watch will be both Christine Sinclair and Vivianne Miedema, in a way the changing of the guard of women's soccer. Sinclair is the established star trying to end her career on top at home soil, Miedema is just starting hers and is looking for her first ever World Cup.

The Lineup:

This is a lineup change to be excited about. The Canadian midfield is far different than what has been played in the first couple of games, and this one favours both youth and skill as Canada tries to get its offense going.

Canadian supporters will be excited to see Jessie Fleming, the 17-year-old London, Ontario phenom who has impressed greatly over the past couple of years. She will bring some creativity to the Canadian midfield that has sorely been missed so far this competition.

Adriana Leon will also be in the lineup, and for good reason as she has been Canada's best attacker besides Christine Sinclair so far this tournament.