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Canadian team's match schedule:

v. USA March 14 in Olhao, Portugal (Algarve Cup)
v. Sweden March 16 in Ferreiras, Portugal (Algarve Cup)
v. Norway March 18 in VRS Antonia, Portugal (Algarve Cup)
v. Greece March 20 (Algarve Cup - placement game)
v. Nigeria April 18 at University of South Carolina CANCELLED!
v. Nigeria April 20 at University of South Carolina CANCELLED!
v. England May 19 in Montreal
v. England May 22 in Ottawa
v. Mexico June 12 in Guasave, Mexico
v. Mexico June 14 (or 15?) in Mazatlan, Mexico
v. South Korea June 18 in Toronto CANCELLED!
v. South Korea June 20 in Montreal CANCELLED!
v. Brazil July 17 at Montreal
v. Brazil July 20 in Ottawa
v. Mexico August 31 in Edmonton
v. Mexico September 4 in Vancouver
v. South Korea September 17 in South Korea probably cancelled because the WWC was moved to USA

World Cup September 20-Oct. 12 in USA
 

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Jeff said:
Canadian team's match schedule:
v. Mexico August 31 in Edmonton
v. Mexico September 4 in Vancouver
v. South Korea September 17 in South Korea
I had already read about most of Canada's scheduled matches, but am wondering where you found out about the two matches against Mexico and the last match against South Korea? Do you have a link to an article that you can post? Thanks!
 

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They've already sold 32,000 tickets for the August 31 Canada v. Mexico game. :eek:
 

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It's been a disastrous year so far for Canada's training plans leading up to the World Cup in September.

First, the Nigerian team couldn't get into the USA (don't ask me why) in April, where Canada was supposed to play them twice.

Then the two games against South Korea in June had to be cancelled because they conflict with the rescheduled Asian qualifying tournament.

On top of all that, the friendly against England on May 19 had to be moved to Montreal from Hamilton, because the English team would have had to land at the Toronto international airport in order to get to Hamilton, and they refused to do so. Was it because of SARS? No, it was because of their own pig-ignorance.
 

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Canada's Roster announced for the upcoming games against Mexico.

The second game has been variously reported as being on June 14 and 15. The article in the link above, for example, gives both dates in different places. :rolleyes:
 

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From Canadasoccer.com:

Canada Defeats Mexico 4-0

Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team defeated Mexico 4-0 on Thursday in an international friendly in Guasave, Mexico to earn their third straight shutout win.

After a scoreless first half, Christine Sinclair opened the scoring in the 58th minute bringing her international goal total to 37. Sinclair is currently Canada’s third top goal scorer behind Charmaine Hooper with 56 goals and Silvana Burtini with 38 goals.

Christine Latham increased Canada’s lead to two in the 74th minute before a Mexico own goal minutes later in the 80th minute. Canada’s fourth goal was scored by Amber Allen in the 90th minute.

“Our team only played an average first half,” said head coach Even Pellerud. “With Christine Sinclair playing as a high midfielder behind Hooper, Latham, and Lang, we were not able to win enough balls in the middle. Higher midfield intensity and better execution in the second half allowed us to create a number of opportunities.”

Karina LeBlanc earned her 10th international shutout for Canada. Canada is undefeated in three games with a goal total of 12-0.

“It’s satisfying that we now have three games in a row without conceding a goal. With a total of 10-3 in goal chances, we certainly deserved the win. That said, the win was too big and we need a new focus on Sunday to get a good result. That game will be played without three Pro (WUSA) players as they have to report back to their clubs,” concluded Pellerud.

Canada will play Mexico again on Sunday, June 14th. [at least that's what the Canadian Soccer Association press release said. The problem is that June 14 is Saturday, not Sunday. So is the game on Saturday the 14th, or, as some sources have said, Sunday the 15th? Could some rocket scientist in the CSA please clarify??]
 

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Well, turned out to be Sunday the 15th, and guess what - Canada beat Mexico again. This time it was 2-1, the winning goal coming just before the end.
 

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Canada's roster for the Brazil games July 17 & 20:

Name & Position
Amber Allen F
Sasha Andrews D
Melanie Booth D
Breanna Boyd D
Candace Chapman D/M
Randee Hermus M
Charmaine Hooper F
Kristina Kiss M
Kara Lang D
Christine Latham F
Karina LeBlanc GK
Veronique Maranda M
Diana Matheson M
Erin McLeod GK
Andrea Neil M
Taryn Swiatek GK
Brittany Timko M
 

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Jeff said:
Canada's roster for the Brazil games July 17 & 20:

Name & Position & Club Team

Breanna Boyd D (Carolina Courage)
Randee Hermus M (Fløya)
Kristina Kiss M (Fløya)
Christine Latham F (San Diego Spirit)
Karina LeBlanc GK (Boston Breakers)
Thanks for posting this roster. I went ahead and added the club team information for the players I am most interested in on this roster. Boston, Carolina, and San Diego are the top three WUSA teams I support and Fløya is one of the two clubs in Norway I support.
 

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Hermus' goal gives Canadian women a 2-1 victory over Brazil
By BILL BEACON
July 17, 2003

MONTREAL (CP) - The women's World Cup looms and Canada's team is getting hot.

Randee Hermus headed in the game-winner in the 87th minute as Canada posted a comeback 2-1 victory over Brazil in a World Cup tune-up match before 12,245 spectators at Molson Stadium on Thursday night.

"It's awesome," said Hermus, a defender from Langley, B.C., who leapt amid a crowd in front of Brazilian goalkeeper Giselle to nudge a 35-yard free kick from Kristina Kiss of Ottawa into the net.

"I just went up between two defenders and got my head on it."

Rhian Wilkinson of Montreal tied the game in the 67th minute after Brazil's Tatiana opened the scoring in the second minute of the second half.

It was a fifth consecutive win for coach Even Pellerud's side in warm-ups for the Sept. 20 to Oct. 12 World Cup in the United States. Canada plays a second friendly against Brazil on Sunday in Ottawa.

"The main thing for us was not to get depressed and come back and battle back the way we did," said Pellerud.

The first ever FIFA world rankings for women's soccer released on Wednesday. Brazil was rated sixth and Canada 12th.

When defender Tatiana followed in on a rush down the right side by Rafaela and hit a shot into the near post past 'keeper Karina Leblanc of Maple Ridge, B.C., it looked like Brazil had taken control.

But a blast from the right side by teenaged phenom Kara Lang of Oakville, Ont., went off Giselle's fingertips and dropped onto the goal line, where Wilkinson knocked it into the open goal.

Wilkinson, 21, played only her second international match for Canada. She came on in the 25th minute when forward Amber Allen of Vancouver left with a right knee injury.

Earlier Thursday, the draw for the World Cup was held and Canada was delighted to find itself in a group with powerful Germany, middling Japan and lowly Argentina. Canada believes it should finish in the top two and advance to the quarter-finals.

"We are so psyched," said Lang, 16. "This was a huge success.

"It seems we're improving every day. With everything we do we seem to be a step closer to our goal."

Luis Miguel of the Brazilian Football Federation was upset that the match was played on an artificial surface. It was the first soccer game at Molson Stadium since it was refitted with FieldTurf this summer.

"In the World Cup, we won't play on this type of grass," said Luis Migual through an interpreter, adding that Brazil agreed to play "because it was a big game for Canada and because 12,000 people had bought tickets.

"This match is preparation for the World Cup and we want to play on the same type of field. This grass leads to a physical game. It's dangerous."

Sunday's match will also be on Fieldturf at Ottawa's Frank Clair Stadium.

There was pushing, pulling and - from Brazil - plenty of theatrical rolling on the turf with questionable injuries in the first half.

Later in the game, it got nasty.

The free kick leading to the winning goal came after a shoving match between several players at the sideline. There was more pushing and trash talking after the goal.

A minute later, Tatiana was shown the red card.

"That's what we expected," added Lang. "We gave as good as we got."

The painted-over football lines were barely visible on the field, but the on-field ads were left on with permission from FIFA because it was a friendly match.

Notes: Canada was missing key veterans Charmaine Hooper (club commitments), Sharolta Nonen (hamstring), Breanna Boyd (concussion) Christine Sinclair (illness), and Christine Latham (club). Star striker Pretinha, who injured a knee in a 1-0 loss to the U.S. on Sunday, missed for Brazil. Luis Miguel said Pretinha would be out of action for seven months.

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Typical Brazilian antics! They are such cheaters and whiners!

What's that crap about Field Turf? It's a surface approved by FIFA, for god's sake!
 

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Canada beat Brazil again on July 20, 2-1.

Brazil was without Katia and Pretinha.

Canada was without Christine Sinclair, Sharolta Nonen, Breanna Boyd, Isabelle Morneau, Amber Allen, Silvana Burtini, or Karina LeBlanc.

Brazil seems to have perfected the technique of drawing free kicks and sometimes yellow cards by dribbling the ball up to a defender, kicking it past her, and then throwing themselves violently into the defender, and falling to the ground in apparent agony. It worked a couple of times on the referee in this match, Sonia Denoncourt, who is regarded as one of the best in the world. Lord knows what the Brazilians will be able to get away with at the World Cup.
 

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Great atmosphere! Wow, 18 000 people, good crowd. Fans went nuts when Canada scored and were very passionate. Both keepers made some excellent saves and Brazil's goal was a beautiful finish. Me and my friends loved it so much we decided to go to any NT game in Ontario and go to a Wizards game this summer. Next summer we're planning on getting jobs and buying the season ticket. A great day, watching it live is so much better. I want to go again! (Sidenote: That's the most expensive food ever! 4.25 for a hot dog and 11 bucks for a 28 oz. beer!).
 
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