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Canada in the Women's World Cup 2011

Canada beat Costa Rica 4-0 on Friday to win the right to represent CONCACAF in the WWC in Germany next June.

Mexico also qualified for the Women's World Cup by beating the USA 2-1.

The USA can still qualify for Germany 2011 if they beat Costa Rica on Monday and win a two-leg series against Italy later this month. The USA has never failed to qualify for a Woman's World Cup final series.

UPDATE: The USA was the last of the 16 nations to qualify, beating Italy with a 2-0 aggregate score over two legs.

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Canada beat Mexico November 8 to win the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup.

They ended the tournament with a 17-0 goals record.

USA beat Costa Rica in the Third Place match.
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Canada was drawn into Group A with hosts Germany, plus France and Nigeria.

Canada and Germany will play each other in the opening match of the tournament in Berlin, June 26, 2011.

Canada plays France on June 30 in Bochum and Nigeria on July 5 in Dresden.

This is a tough group. Canada needs a good result against France to have a hope of making the elimination rounds.
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Canada announces roster for Germany 2011
FIFA Women's World Cup 16 June 2011

Canada has announced its official roster for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011. Coach Carolina Morace has selected 21 players eligible to play in the world’s biggest women’s sporting event, which runs this 26 June to 17 July in nine German cities.

All 16 national rosters will be officially posted this Friday 17 June on FIFA.com, including those of Canada’s opening round opponents Germany (26 June in Berlin), France (30 June in Bochum) and Nigeria (5 July in Dresden).

This will mark Canada’s fifth-consecutive participation in the FIFA Women’s World Cup dating back to 1995. The team has also already qualified for the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 when the event will be hosted by Canada.

Of note on the Canadian roster, goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc has been selected for her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup, making her just the second Canadian to earn that distinction. Canada’s only other four-time FIFA Women’s World Cup participant is Andrea Neil, now an assistant coach (along with Elisabetta Bavagnoli) on coach Morace’s staff.

Canada’s captain and all-time leader in appearances is Christine Sinclair, now taking part in her third FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sinclair ranks amongst the top-5 all-time global leaders in international goals, with 116 to her credit in 159 career matches.

Canada’s vice-captain is Diana Matheson, who ranks second amongst active players with 122 career appearances for Canada. Sinclair, Matheson, Erin McLeod, Brittany Timko and Rhian Wilkinson are all taking part in their third FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Sinclair, Matheson, Timko (101) and Wilkinson (100) are all part of Canada’s century club. An additional seven players have made 50 or more appearances. Counting all 21 players, this squad has made 1,244 player appearances at the international level, an average of nearly 60 matches per player.

Nine players are taking part in their first FIFA Women’s World Cup. The youngest players are Jonelle Filigno (still only 20) and Chelsea Stewart (just turned 21), both of whom have won Canadian U-20 Player of the Year honours in recent years.

Of the nine first-time participants at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, three are actually taking part in their first-ever FIFA event: Christina Julien, Marie-Eve Nault and Kelly Parker. The other six players have all previously taken part in at least one FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Along with Canada’s official list of 21 players, coach Morace has selected four alternates that would be selected in case of injury before the opening match.

Canada has a 2011 record of 10 wins, one draw and two losses in 13 matches. This marks the first time Canada has won 10 or more games in back-to-back seasons. Canada also enters the FIFA Women’s World Cup as the reigning CONCACAF champions, having won the confederation title back in November in Cancún, Mexico.

CANADA
Number | Position | Name | Current club |
1- GK- Karina LeBlanc | Unattached /
2- D- Emily Zurrer | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
3- M- Kelly Parker | USA / Atlanta Beat
4- M- Carmelina Moscato | Unattached /
5- D- Robyn Gayle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
6- M- Kaylyn Kyle | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
7- M- Rhian Wilkinson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner
8- M- Diana Matheson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner
9- D- Candace Chapman | USA / Western New York Flash
10- F- Jodi-Ann Robinson | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
11- M- Desiree Scott | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
12- F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Western New York Flash
13- M- Sophie Schmidt | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
14- F- Melissa Tancredi | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
15- F- Christina Julien | CAN / Ottawa Fury
16- F- Jonelle Filigno | USA / Rutgers University
17- D- Brittany Timko | Unattached /
18- GK- Erin McLeod | USA / magicJack
19- M- Chelsea Stewart | CAN / Vancouver Whitecaps FC
20- D- Marie-Eve Nault | CAN / Ottawa Fury
21- GK- Stephanie Labbé | SWE / Piteå IF

CANADA | ALTERNATES
Rachelle Beanlands | 1993 | Ottawa, ON, CAN | Gloucester Dragons
Melanie Booth | 1984 | Burlington, ON, CAN | Burlington YSC
Chelsea Buckland | 1990 | North Delta, BC, CAN | Walley SA
Brooke McCalla | 1987 | Pickering, ON, CAN | Pickering

CANADA | STAFF
Head of Delegation: Clive Wilkinson
Head Coach: Carolina Morace
Assistant Coach: Elisabetta Bavagnoli
Assistant Coach: Andrea Neil
Goalkeeper Coach: Max Colucci
Fitness Coach: Mario Familari
Video Coordinator: Sian Bagshawe
General Manager: Misty Thomas
Equipment Manager: Maeve Glass
Doctor: Dr. Pietro Braina
Doctor: Dr. Salvatore Delogu
Physiotherapist: Leonardo Raveggi
Physiotherapist: Fabrizio DiFrancesco
Massage Therapist: Shoko Nagai
Staff: Andy O’Brien
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From the June 9, 2011 Globe and Mail:

It is one big happy family now.

On Thursday [June 9], the Canadian Soccer Association reached agreement with the coach of the women’s national team, Carolina Morace, extending her commitment through the 2012 Olympics, with a real possibility that she will still be around when Canada plays host to the Women’s World Cup in 2015. (Morace is also the coach of Canada under-20 women’s side.) “Now we are on the same page,” Morace said.

Thus ends what had become an uncomfortable and, in many ways, difficult-to-decipher dispute between a coach who seems to have Canada poised for a breakthrough result at the coming World Cup and an association from which she had become estranged.

In February, Morace announced that she would be walking away after Germany 2011 because of what she vaguely described as a lack of support, and her players immediately threatened to boycott matches to back her up.

After that, the boycott threats were revoked, the public dispute went private, and the women’s team went back to the business of preparing for a tournament in which they may be poised for a historic breakthrough. (They are currently in the middle of a final training camp in Italy.) Truth is, that wasn’t the worst dynamic – at least in the short term.

There’s no question that the players on this Canadian side, led by Christine Sinclair, who right now is among the very best female players on earth, stood foursquare behind Morace, who has transformed the approach of this side from the long-ball, power game favoured by her predecessor, Even Pellerud, into a more technical, possession and finesse-oriented style.

To get there, Morace stripped things right down to the foundations, forcing her players to relearn basic skills, and to rethink their approach to the game. Rather than rebelling, they bought in, and seem overjoyed to be playing the game the way it is meant to be played.

Us-against-them – even if them is your own association – can be a powerful team-building force, and there’s no doubt that this group was willing to rally around its coach.

But now, they can do that understanding that Morace has also been given what she wanted.

And just what was that?

No one on the CSA side is willing to say exactly, other than that it does not involved extra financial compensation for the coach, or for the players.

“We had meaningful dialogue to assure her that she had the tools in place in order to be successful,” CSA general secretary Peter Montopoli said. “It’s a mater of her feeling comfortable in terms of how the program is progressing.”

Translation: One of the greatest obstacles to success for Canadian soccer teams on both the men’s and women’s side is that players tend to be scattered all over the world, in a variety of leagues.

What Morace appears to have received is a commitment to maintain a training base in Europe where the team can come together at regular intervals, and enough money to stage a series of exhibition matches between major competitions. The Canadian women have played 16 times (though almost never at home) since last November in the lead-up to the World Cup, and now that kind of schedule can now be expected to continue.

The bad feelings are water under the bridge. The coach is happy. The players are happy. The CSA is relieved. And with two huge competitions this summer and next, and what figures to be a watershed moment for the game in Canada coming in 2015, that ought to add up to the best chance a Canadian soccer team has ever had for true international success.

“I think that it is important that we clarify what is the target for everybody,” Morace said. “The target for everybody is to be the best – for the team, the country, and the federation.”

So no asterisks now, no intrigues, no lingering tensions, no distractions, and no excuses.

On to Germany, clear sailing.
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Canada falls just short against Germany
Germany 2 Canada 1


While this match ended up as the German victory that most pundits had predicted, Canada legitimately served notice that they are a genuine contender for a World Cup title and showed just how far they have come as a team in recent years.

Considering that Canada lost 5-0 to Germany the last time the teams met in a World Cup, this was an impressive performance by the Canadians, especially given the circumstances. While there is no point in speculating how this one might have turned out if Sinclair had been able to finish her early chance in the German box, it was plain to see that with some better finishing and a couple of instances of better defending on the German goals, Canada could have come out of this one with a victory or at least a draw.

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Yes, Canada is much improved. But they're still not in the same class as Germany.

They're still not getting the ball up to Sinclair, who pretty much has to make all her own chances. And they didn't show any sense of urgency in the last five minutes of the match, down only by a goal.

I think their endurance is still suspect, whch could hurt them in the late stages against France - and particularly against Nigeria, who seem to be quite fit.
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Thursday, June 30 is the day we find out if the Canadian team has what it takes to advance out of the group round, or is headed home next Tuesday.

ETA: Looks like the latter. It's 1-0 for France at half-time, and that score flatters Canada. Canada actually looked better against Germany!

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Four star France defeat Canada

France cruised to a 4-0 win over Canada in their Group A meeting in Bochum with Gaetane Thiney becoming the first Les Bleues player to score a brace at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the process.

The Juvicy forward, making her 50th appearance for the Bruno Bini’s side, scored in either half in a match which France dominated from start to finish. Such was the extent of their supremacy that Canada failed to register a shot on target during the entire 90 minutes.

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Well, that's three consecutive hours without scoring a goal in open play.

If Canada manages to score against Nigeria it will be one of the tournament's minor upsets, like the Mexico-England draw.
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