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This annual invitational tournament is held in China. This year it will be in January, and the three other countries are Sweden, USA and Canada.

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January 30:
USA v. Sweden
China v. Canada

February 1:
USA v. China
Canada v. Sweden

February 3:
USA v. Canada
China v. Sweden

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Last year's final standings:

            W D L F - A Pts
1. USA      2 0 1 4 - 3  6 
2. China    1 2 0 3 - 1  5 
3. Germany  0 2 1 2 - 3  2 
4. Norway   0 2 1 4 - 6  2

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Canadian roster, which includes 15 players from the World Cup 2003 squad:

Sasha Andrews D
Isabelle Harvey MF
Randee Hermus D
Andrea Neil MF
Charmaine Hooper F/D :rolleyes:
Aysha Jamani F
Karina LeBlanc GK
Veronique Maranda MF
Diana Matheson MF
Erin McLeod GK
Isabelle Morneau D
Carmelina Moscato MF
Marie-Eve Nault MF/D
Sharolta Nonen D
Christine Sinclair F
Taryn Swiatek GK
Rhian Wilkinson MF/F
Brittany Timko MF
Tanya Dennis D

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USA Roster

[where's Mia??]

Scurry, Briana
Bivens, Kylie
Rampone, Christie
Reddick, Cat
Roberts, Tiffany
Boxx, Shannon
MacMillan, Shannon
Wagner, Aly
Foudy, Julie
Lilly, Kristine
Fawcett, Joy
Markgraf, Kate
Mullinix, Siri
Hucles, Angela
Wambach, Abby
Mitts, Heather
Chalupny, Lori
Tarpley, Lindsay
Osborne, Leslie
O'Reilly, Heather
Tullock, Stacey
LePeilbet, Amy

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Source: Canadian Press

Neil Davidson
Thursday, January 22, 2004

Kara Lang is out injured but coach Even Pellerud has unearthed another teenage talent for the Four Nations women's soccer tournament that starts later this month in China.

Aysha Jamani, a 16-year-old from Calgary who can play both attacking midfielder and forward, joins the senior squad for the first time. "A very exciting talent," Pellerud said Thursday, prior to heading to Vancouver for a camp with 19 players in advance of the Jan. 30-Feb. 4 tournament.

"Very, very skilful. Strong on the ball. Good dribbler. Good passer. And can also score goals."

The hope is Jamani will create chances for some of Pellerud's finishers. "She seems to be a creative player. Now we will see if she can do it at a high level."

Jamani has been to just two events with the under-19 team. She turned heads in a recent series against Trinidad and Tobago, scoring three goals in four games.

Jamani wasn't even born when captain Charmaine Hooper made her debut for Canada in 1986. The 36-year-old Hooper is also going to China, looking to add to her 107 caps.

Lang, who at just 17 already has 36 international caps, will miss the competition against China, Sweden and the U.S. with a knee problem. But she is expected to be ready for a crucial final Olympic qualifying tournament in Costa Rica Feb. 25 - March 5. The Canadian women are in a group with Costa Rica, Panama and Jamaica. The top two will advance to cross-over semifinal matches against the top two from the other pool of Haiti, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, and the U.S. The two finalists earn a ticket to Athens.

Pellerud is using the Four Nations as a warm-up for the Olympic qualifier, with Canada receiving an invitation to the elite China event when Germany and Norway elected not to attend.

Canada will be missing several other starters in China in addition to Lang. Candace Chapman (knee), Christine Latham (quadriceps strain) and Breanna Boyd (neck) are also sidelined, although Latham is also expected to return for Olympic qualifying. Chapman has already been ruled out of the Costa Rica competition while Boyd is "highly doubtful."

Pellerud will take 15 veterans of the 2003 World Cup to China, including Hooper, Christine Sinclair and Andrea Neil.

Defender-midfielder Marie-Eve Nault of Trois-Rivieres, Que., who plays for the Ottawa Fury and University of Tennessee, is included after impressing Pellerud in December at a Florida camp. "She is a very composed, smart soccer player with very good skills," said Pellerud. "She needs though to bring up her intensity level."

Veronique Maranda, a 17-year-old midfielder from Montreal, returns to the roster for the first time since playing against Brazil in July 2003.

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From FIFA.com:

It may be in only its fourth year but China’s Four-Nation tournament has rapidly become one of the game’s most prestigious events and is now firmly etched on the women’s football calendar. This year’s competition, which runs from 30 January to 3 February in Shenzhen, sees hosts China entertain last year’s winners and twice FIFA Women’s World Cup champions USA, their North American neighbours Canada and USA 2003 runners-up Sweden.

Despite the absence of world champions Germany, there is plenty of spice leftover from previous battles among the four representatives to ensure a mouthwatering prospect in Asia. The United States begin the defence of their title on 30 January against Sweden, the side they defeated so impressively, 3-1, in their first fixture of USA 2003. On the same day, in the competition’s opener, the Steel Roses look sure to be backed by a huge crowd when they take on Canada, their quarter-final victors in the world’s biggest female football event.

Mia-less USA look to bounce back
The U.S., without the retired legend Mia Hamm and USA 1999 star Brandi Chastain, will be looking to reassert their position as the team to beat after the bitter disappointment of losing out on home soil last September/October. Still led by April Heinrichs and including seasoned veterans Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Shannon Macmillan, the Americans will undoubtedly begin the Four-Nations as favourites once more.

Hanna-less Sweden eager to consolidate
Just one place behind Mia Hamm at the FIFA World Player awards, the loss to injury of the third best female footballer of 2003, Hanna Ljungberg, is a devastating blow to the hopes of European contenders Sweden. However USA 2003’s surprise finalists will be keen to build on those performances and, after falling only to a golden goal against Germany in the Final, look to get some revenge for the 3-1 opening defeat to the USA. If their attractive, attacking style pays off again it should further demonstrate the shift in the game’s hegemony from the USA to Europe.

New-look China experiment for Olympic bid
Just over a month in the job, China coach Zhang Haitao has the perfect platform to try out some new talent with Athens 2004 Asian qualifiers a few short months away (18-26 April). Without the likes of retired-trio Sun Wen, Bai Jie and Zhao Lihong, Haitao will be looking for a painless revolution as he tests out the calibre of the 13 new members he has included in his assembled 29-woman squad. The Steel Roses lacked a cutting edge at USA 2003, scoring just three times in four matches. Teng Wei and Han Duan have come in to replace Sunny and Bai in attack but with the squad’s average age at just over 23, question marks still remain over China’s ability to live with the European and North American powers.

In form Canada looking to keep on rolling
Thanks to their staggering recent form at all levels of the women’s game, Canada have been invited to rub shoulders with the best and get an early test of the footing ahead of China 2007. Norwegian coach Even Pellerud is able to field 15 of the players who served him so well in reaching the semi-finals of USA 2003. However two of his top performers, forwards Christine Latham and Kara Lang, have not made the trip East in order to recover from injuries before the start of next month’s Athens 2004 CONCACAF qualifying. They may be the outsiders of the four but Canada could throw a further spanner in the works of what looks set to be an open, exciting Four Nations event.

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February 3 results:

USA 2-0 Canada
Goals: Lindsey Tarpley, Joy Fawcett (pen.)

China 2-2 Sweden
Goals: Therese Sjögran, Li Jie (pen.), Josefine Öqvist, and ??

Final Standings:

USA (2-0-1)
China (1-0-2)
Sweden (1-1-1)
Canada (0-3-0)
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