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Canada’s U-20s Undefeated in Brazil (at least initially)

Women’s U-20 Team
April 18, 2006
Canada’s U-20s Undefeated in Brazil
http://www.canadasoccer.com/eng/medi...?Press_ID=2426

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U-20 Women’s National Team’s recent run of good form has been carried into the team’s latest set of International Friendlies against CONCACAF powerhouse USA and perennial CONMEBOL champions Brazil in Teresopolis, Brazil.

Canada had to fight back twice from a goal down in it’s opener against the USA on April 15. First it was Rheanne Sleiman’s equalizer in the 57th minute that cancelled out the USA’s first half opener.

The USA regained the advantage just after the hour mark but a late strike from Lorendana Riverso in the waning moments of the game drew the teams’ level and that was how it stayed.

Following the match, Canada’s Head Coach, Ian Bridge, praised his team for their performance.

“I thought the team showed tremendous spirit and determination in coming back from a goal down – on two occasions.”

“Against a very skilled and strong passing team we pressed them higher than we did in Mexico (CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament Final in January 2006) and both our goals came from this tactic.

“Both strikers – Rheanne and Lorendana – finished their chances brilliantly. This was vital in a tight tactical game such as this one. While there were no great individual performances today, we played a very good team game and that is a great start to our time here in Brazil.”

And Bridge’s comments would prove to be prophetic two days later.

The Canadians faced a talented Brazil team on April 17 and the characteristics Bridge spoke of would prove the difference in the game.

In a match that many thought should have been abandoned, Canada used all of determination and tactical guile to defeat Brazil at home 1-0 courtesy of a 60th minute penalty from Aysha Jamani after Vonya Beckles was dragged down in the Brazilian area.

Canada were dealt a blow with just under ten minutes remaining when Katie Radchuck was dismissed with a straight red, but Canada’s resolve and spirit shone through yet again.

“With the conditions bordering on unplayable, this was never going to be a ‘beautiful game,” said Bridge following the match.

“But, it was definitely a game where tactical decisions, guts, and determination would make the difference under these circumstances.

“We played an excellent game – a full team effort that gave us the three points in the end. There were never going to be many goal chances on a day like this, but when we were awarded the penalty for a clear foul on Vonya (Beckles), Aysha (Jamani) held her nerve and finished the PK clinically.”

“Towards the end of the game with Brazil pressing for the equalizer, we showed great focus in keeping a clean sheet while at the same time ‘using’ the clock when we had possession. For me, this was the perfect type of game for us at this stage of our development.”

Canada will renew acquaintances with both Brazil and the USA this coming weekend. The Canucks are scheduled to take on Brazil again on Saturday, April 22 and the next day, will take on the USA before returning to Canada.

Saturday, April 15, 2006
International Friendly
Teresopolis, Brazil

CANADA – 2 (0)
USA – 2 (1)
Goals: CANADA – Sleiman 57, Riverso 88; USA – Bock 27, Heath 65
Cautions: - none
Expulsions – none

CANADA: 1-Stephanie Labbe; 9-Vonya Beckles; 11-Desiree Scott; 17-Eden Hingwing (Anoop Josan, 64); 4-Caroline Vanderpool; 3-Sophie Schmidt – Captain; 8-Véronique Maranda; 6-Kaylen Kyle; 16-Paige Adams (15-Lorendana Riverso, 68); 5-Karla Schacher (12-Selenia Iacchelli, 59); 13-Rheanne Sleiman (14-Aysha Jamani, 59).

Head Coach: Ian Bridge (CAN)
Subs not used: 20-Erin McNulty; 2-Katie Radchuck; 7-Jodi-Ann Robinson.

Monday, April 17, 2006
International Friendly
Teresopolis, Brazil

CANADA – 1 (0)
BRAZIL – 0 (0)
Goals: CANADA – Jamani 60; BRAZIL – none
Cautions: CANADA – Iacchelli 71, Kyle 74, Labbe 90
Expulsions: CANADA – Radchuck 84

CANADA: 1-Stephanie Labbe; 2-Katie Radchuck; 9-Vonya Beckles; 11-Desiree Scott (5-Karla Schacher, 85), 17-Eden Hingwing; 3-Sophie Schmidt – Captain; 8-Véronique Maranda (10-Anoop Josan, 65); 12-Selenia Iacchelli (13-Rheanne Sleiman, 71); 6-Kaylen Kyle (4-Caroline Vanderpool, 75); 16-Paige Adams (15-Lorendana Riverso, 30); 14-Aysha Jamani

Head Coach: Ian Bridge (CAN)
Subs not used: 20-Erin McNulty; 7-Jodi-Ann Robinson

Remaining Matches
April 22 - CANADA vs. Brazil – Teresópolis, Brazil – 3:00 pm
April 23 - CANADA vs. USA – Teresópolis, Brazil – 11:00 am
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In a match that many thought should have been abandoned.....

“With the conditions bordering on unplayable,....

"There were never going to be many goal chances on a day like this...
Funny how the reporter didn't think it was necessary to tell us exactly what the playing conditions were that were supposed to be so bad.

Plague of locusts? Hail? Muddy pitch? Sweltering heat? Smog? Bad lighting?

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Canada’s U-20s End Brazilian Tour with First Loss

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Monday, April 24, 2006
Canada’s U-20s End Brazilian Tour with First Loss
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Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s U-20 Women’s National Team’s had mixed results in their final two matches of the team’s 12-day training camp in Brazil, drawing with the host nation 1-1 on April 22, then finding themselves on the wrong side of a 4-0 score line after tangling with the US less than 24 hours later.

The results over the weekend mean that Canada finishes the tour with one win, two draws, and one loss in four matches against teams that will certainly fancy their chances for glory come August 2006 when all three travel to Russia for the FIFA U-20 World Championships.

First up were the technically-gifted Brazilians and just like every time these two teams meet, there seems to be very little between the two. And, true to form, the two finished the 90 minutes deadlocked at one.

Canadian Head Coach, Ian Bridge, was again pleased with the performance of his squad.

“Another solid performance against Brazil today. I am really impressed by the teams focus and discipline – both tactically and personally – in tough, competitive games.”

“This was nothing like the ‘water fight’ we had against Brazil earlier in the week. Both teams played exciting, attacking soccer with goal chances almost identical.”

Perhaps the best example of that determination came in the dying moments of the opening half.

The young Canadians pressed forward relentlessly in search of the equalizer and found the tying goal in injury time. Aysha Jamani had worked to turn her defender just inside the box and delivered a cross that appeared to have sailed beyond everyone. Selenia Iacchelli, however, had different plans and the Edmonton-native rose above two Brazilian defenders to head back across the goal toward a supporting Paige Adams, who flung herself at the offering and bundled the ball, defender, and goalkeeper into the back of the net.

The two teams both had chances to break the deadlock but could not breach either goal and the Canadians had done enough to keep their unbeaten run in Brazil intact.

But Canada didn’t have very much time to relish the hard-fought point because they had a date with their CONCACAF rivals, USA, the next day.

The quick turnaround meant playing a second international in less than 24 hours and that proved too difficult for the young Canucks.

The Americans scored two goals on both sides of the halftime break to walk away deserved winners.

“This was a tough game to finish our camp with today,” said Bridge following the match.

“Late in both halves we were making the decisions of tired players – offensively and defensively.

“Having said that, I am very happy with the overall effort and performance of the players over the past 12 days. We had three very strong games and finally a game to remind us there is still lots of work to do.”

Saturday, April 22, 2006
International Friendly Teresopolis, Brazil

CANADA – 1 (1)
BRAZIL – 1 (1)

Goals: CANADA – Adams 44; BRAZIL – Francielle 19 (PK)
Cautions: CANADA – Labbe 19, Maranda 62
Expulsions – none

CANADA: 1-Stephanie Labbe; 9-Vonya Beckles (10-Anoop Josan, 73); 11-Desiree Scott; 17-Eden Hingwing; 4-Caroline Vanderpool; 3-Sophie Schmidt – Captain; 8-Véronique Maranda; 6-Kaylen Kyle; 16-Paige Adams (15-Lorendana Riverso, 60); 14-Aysha Jamani (13-Rheanne Sleiman, 59); 12-Selenia Iacchelli (5-Karla Schacher, 68)

Head Coach: Ian Bridge (CAN)
Subs not used: 20-Erin McNulty; 2-Katie Radchuck; 7-Jodi-Ann Robinson

Sunday, April 23, 2006
International Friendly Teresopolis, Brazil

CANADA – 0 (0)
USA – 4 (2)

Goals: CANADA – none; USA – Cheney 25, Rostedt 44, O’Hara 65, 82
Cautions: CANADA – Schmidt 57; USA – Wagenfuhr 44, O’Hara 75
Expulsions: none

CANADA: 20-Erin McNulty; 11-Desiree Scott (10-Anoop Josan, 46); 17-Eden Hingwing; 4-Caroline Vanderpool; 3-Sophie Schmidt – Capt.; 8-Véronique Maranda; 6-Kaylen Kyle; 16-Paige Adams (5-Karla Schacher, 46); 15-Lorendana Riverso; 12-Selenia Iacchelli; 14-Aysha Jamani.
Head Coach: Ian Bridge (CAN)

Subs not used: 1-Stephanie Labbe; 2-Katie Radchuck; 7-Jodi-Ann Robinson; 9-Vonya Beckles; 13-Rheanne Sleiman

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship Russia 2006

The Official Draw for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship Russia 2006 took place following a colourful performance of music and dance in the historic Moscow City Hall yesterday (Saturday, 22 April), pitting hosts Russia against Brazil in the official opener of the tournament on 17 August in St. Petersburg.

Canada was drawn into the very difficult Group B along with China, Finland, and a team from the African zone that has yet to be determined.

Canada’s Head Coach, Ian Bridge, was asked about his thoughts on the draw, hours ahead of Canada’s match against the USA in Brazil.

“I think all the groups are pretty even, with perhaps Group A being the toughest - Russia, Brazil and Australia are all strong and could make an impact later in the tournament.”

“For us (Group B), of course China is the team we will want to beat - remembering the quarterfinal in Bangkok 2 years ago. Finland is a well organized European side, and the CAF A team I predict will be Nigeria or South Africa - both teams are talented, athletic and have a touch of unpredictability. Three very different, tough opponents for us, but to aspire to a World Championship you must perform against all types of challenges.”

The Canadians will open the tournament against the ‘yet to be determined qualifier’ from the African Zone on August 17, then round off the opening round games on August 20 and 23 against Finland and China respectively.

For complete results of the draw, please visit FIFA.com.

The competition, which will take place between 17 August and 3 September 2006, will be played in four stadiums in Moscow (Dinamo, Lokomotiv, Podmoskovie and Torpedo) as well as one in St. Petersburg (Petrovsky) and will feature the top 16 U-20 women’s teams from across all six confederations:

AFC (3 slots): China PR, Korea DPR and Australia
CAF (2 slots): Qualification concludes in June 2006
CONCACAF (3 slots): USA, Canada and Mexico
CONMEBOL (2 slots): Brazil and Argentina
OFC (1 slot): New Zealand
UEFA (host + 4 slots): Russia, France, Germany, Finland and Switzerland

For full competition details, team profiles and more, please visit the official website of the competition on FIFA.com.

Each of the 16 teams, save for the two CAF entrants, who’ve still to be decided, learned their respective first-round fates, and there were certainly more than a few potentially mouth-watering clashes thrown up as the names were pulled from the hat.

Germany and Russia, holders and hosts respectively, along with a handful of countries including Canada, USA, China, and Brazil will be among those with high hopes for the tournament, which is to take place from 17 August to 3 September, with venues in both Moscow and St Petersburg.
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I think this tournament shows that the USA win in the 2002 U-20 (U-19) World Cup was no accident.

I predict USA will eliminate Canada in the Quarterfinals in Russia this time around.

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