TORONTO, Ont.—Canada’s women’s national team has announced its squad for their upcoming 2020 Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Championship, which kicks off on Jan. 28 in Edinburg, Texas.
“The players and everyone around the team cannot wait to get this year started and this qualification going,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “The biggest multi-sport event in the world is only a few months away and we want to deliver a massive performance at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Japan. First we need to qualify, so to do that, we need to focus on the next three weeks and the matches we must perform in to get there.”
Part of the CONCACAF region, Canada will face St. Kitts and Nevis on Jan 29, Jamaica on Feb. 1, before taking on Mexico on Feb. 4 to round out Group A play.
What will likely be the Canadians most important match, however, will come on Feb. 7: a semifinal crossover vs. one of the top-two teams from Group B, which includes the United States, Costa Rica, Haiti, and Panama, as the finalists of the Qualifying Tournament will both automatically secure their place for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Canada, who earned Bronze at the last two Olympics Games, has qualified for the grand event three times through the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, defeating Mexico (2008, 2012) and Costa Rica (2016) in the semifinals to earn their Olympic berth.
Of note, Jan. 29 will also likely present the first opportunity for soccer icon Christine Sinclair to overtake U.S. international—and the now-retired—Abby Wambach for the most international goals all-time (by a male or female). The Canadian striker sits one goal shy of tying Wambach’s record of 184, and two back of breaking the historic feat.
All matches will be streamed on OneSoccer.
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CanWNT Olympic Qualifying Full Roster:
1- GK- Stephanie Labbé | USA / NC Courage
2- FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
3- CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | FRA / FCF Olympique Lyonnais
4- CB- Shelina Zadorsky | USA / Orlando Pride
5- CB- Rebecca Quinn | USA / Seattle Reign FC
6- F- Deanne Rose | USA / University of Florida
7- M- Julia Grosso | USA / University of Texas at Austin
8- FB- Jayde Riviere | USA / University of Michigan
9- F- Jordyn Huitema | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
10- FB- Ashley Lawrence | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
11- M- Desiree Scott | USA / Utah Royals FC
12- F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
13- M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash
14- M- Gabrielle Carle | USA / Florida State University
15- F- Nichelle Prince | USA / Houston Dash
16- F- Janine Beckie | ENG / Manchester City FC
17- M- Jessie Fleming | USA / UCLA
18- GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / Sky Blue FC
19- F- Adriana Leon | ENG / West Ham United FC
20- GK- Sabrina D’Angelo | SWE / Vittsjö GIK