Canada Soccer released their 18 player squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday morning, with four alternates also selected to go overseas to represent their country.
Selected to Bev Priestman’s squad were:
Goalkeepers: Stephanie Labbé and Kailen Sheridan
Defenders: Kadeisha Buchanan, Allysha Chapman, Vanessa Gilles, Ashley Lawrence, Jayde Riviere and Shelina Zadorsky
Midfielders: Jessie Fleming, Julia Grosso, Quinn and Desiree Scott
Forwards: Janine Beckie, Adriana Leon, Nichelle Prince, Deanne Rose, Christine Sinclair and Evelyne Viens
Alternates: Goalkeeper Erin McLeod, defender Gabrielle Carle, midfielder Sophie Schmidt, and forward Jordyn Huitema
Of note on the roster:
- Janie Beckie returns from injury in time to play.
- Kailen Sheridan (alternate in 2016), Vanessa Gilles, Jayde Riviere, Julia Grosso, Adriana Leon and Evelyne Viens make their Olympic debuts.
- Gabrielle Carle will be an alternate for the second Games in a row.
- Erin McLeod, Sophie Schmidt and Christine Sinclair will be attending their fourth Olympic Games.
- Of the 22 players and alternates, 15 travelled to Rio for the 2016 Olympics where Canada won bronze.
- Erin McLeod, Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt and Christine Sinclair were part of the 2012 bronze medal-winning team in London.
“I am looking forward to do whatever I can to help take this team back to the podium and make history again,” said team captain Christine SInclair. “Our team is in good spot, we are excited, we are hungry, and we are ready to go.”
“I know these players will do everything in their power to make Canada proud,” said head coach Bev Priestman. “With hard work, the right mindset & a strong belief in our individual and collective ability, Canada can give any team a really difficult game and ultimately succeed in the Olympic Games.”
Canada departs for training camp in Los Angeles on June 28. Their Olympic tournament starts on July 21, 2021 against Olympic hosts Japan, however, Priestman has hinted at the potential of playing a friendly behind closed doors before then. Canada will also face Chile on July 24 and Great Britain on July 27 in the group stage of the Olympic games.
For a final happy bonus, here’s Kailen Sheridan getting the call that she made the team: