For the generation of Canadian players that burst onto the scene a decade ago and climbed the mountain to the Olympic podium last summer, there are still headlines to be made and hearts to be won.
Christine Sinclair is -- almost as a matter of routine, by this point -- nominated for FIFA Women's Player of the Year
(though it's tough to imagine she'll win, after inexplicably finishing outside the top three in voting for her career-defining 2012 performance).
Melissa Tancredi, after taking a year off to go to school and prepare for a rapidly-approaching post-playing life, will be playing in the NWSL and returning to the women's national team setup next summer, head coach John Herdman revealed earlier this month. And Kara Lang's comeback from forced retirement continues positively, as she'll be on the bench (though not on the roster) as Canada plays a friendly against South Korea in Edmonton on Wednesday, as a means of reintegrating her into the team.
But while Wednesday's game will give fans at a surely-chilly Commonwealth Stadium a chance to see their Olympic heroes up close and personal (even as we approach the point where we're closer to Canada 2015 than to London 2012), the real groundwork for the program's future will be getting put down in much more temperate climes.