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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Women To Play In Japan

Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Soccer Association today announced its Women’s World Cup Team will play two games in Japan. Canada will play Japan’s Women’s World Cup Team at Tokyo’s National Stadium on July 30th, 2004 at 16:30 local time, followed by a game against a Japan National Team Selection at Amino Vital Field Stadium in Tokyo on August 2nd, 2004.

"After the impressive performance at the recent CONCACAF Under-19 Qualification Tournament, many of those players will have a chance to show their impact at the senior level," said Head Coach Even Pellerud. "This series will provide added experience to the young generation leading into the Women’s Under-19 World Championships in Thailand."

The team is scheduled to depart for Tokyo on July 26th.


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Guest Jeffery S.

Our ladies will coincide with both the Barça and Real Madrid tours of Japan in the exact same dates. It would do Japan proud to show they are able to support their women at a time when most fans are scratching the pocket to see the big and little Ronaldos.

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I don't expect the CSA to release any cost figures. They have to yet release the roster of players and staff going. Sometime ago I asked them for a copy of their audited financial reports and I got a response asking me who was I to ask for such a thing.

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Heres an article about the Japan series.


Canadian Press

July 23, 2004

TORONTO (CP) - With his senior side essentially on hiatus and the under-19 team headed for the world championships this fall, Canadian women's soccer coach Even Pellerud has opted for youth in choosing his tour squad for a trip to Japan.

Pellerud has included 13 members of the under-19 team in his 19-woman roster for games in Tokyo against Japan on July 30 and a Japanese B team on Aug. 2. Eight of the women chosen are uncapped at this level. "It is a very young team," Pellerud said Friday from Vancouver. "The background for that is my decision to prioritize the under-19 team."

Pellerud plans to use an under-19 lineup in one of the Japan games. That should not be hard, since he has at his disposal the entire starting 11 from the final of the CONCACAF under-19 qualifying tournament.

Canada is ranked 11th in the world, compared to No. 13 for Japan.

The senior women have only played once since March when they failed to qualify for the Olympics.

The under-19 team, in contrast, defeated the defending champion Americans to win the CONCACAF qualifying tournament and emerge as regional champion going into the world championships in Thailand in November.

Stacey VanBoxmeer, named top goalkeeper at the CONCACAF tournament, and 15-year-old forward Jodi-Ann Robinson of Richmond, B.C., are among the new under-19 faces to win promotion to the Canadian senior team.

VanBoxmeer, a 19-year-old from Collingwood, Ont., gave up just one goal in five games in the qualifying tournament and was named top goalkeeper.

Other under-19 players elevated to the senior side for the first time are goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe of Stoney Plain, Alta., midfielders Amanda Cicchini of Oakville, Ont., and Sari Raber of Richmond, B.C., and forward Josee Belanger of Coaticook, Que.

Veterans on the Japan roster include captain Charmaine Hooper, who will add to her national record of 116 caps. Other familiar faces are Christine Sinclair, Brittany Timko, Diane Matheson and Kara Lang.

Those five account for 284 of the 339 caps in the touring party. The other 14 players have made a combined 55 senior appearances.

Pellerud also took into account the tour comes at a crucial time in the W-League schedule, agreeing to take just three players from each of the Montreal Xtreme and Vancouver Whitecaps.

By leaving Erin McLeod in Vancouver, a spot opened up in goal for VanBoxmeer.

The article fails to mention that the Ottawa Fury will be losing three players Swiatek, Matheson and Wilkinson.

Matheson and Wilkinson are not U19 players and have been two key players for the Fury.

Wilkinson's selection seems questionable at this stage as she has logged more minutes and scored more points than all of the Whitecaps players that are going to Japan.

Vancouver meanwhile will have all of their regular players for the playoffs.

Just for the record here are the players that will be missing the W-League playoffs along with their W-League stats.

..........................GP.... Min... G.. A.. Pts

OTT Matheson, Diana .....13 ..1110.. 6.. 7.. 19

MTL Belanger, Josee .....11 .. 912.. 14.. 5.. 33

OTT Wilkinson, Rhian.....13.. 877.. 7.. 11.. 25

MTL Maranda, Veronique.. 9.. 593.. 2.. 2.. 6

MTL Radchuck, Katie...... 8.. 413.. 1..0.. 2

CHI Hooper, Charmaine ... 4.. 360.. 1.. 0.. 2

VAN Lang, Kara.............. 5.. 285.. 3.. 2.. 8

VAN Timko, Brittany ........ 3.. 225.. 3.. 0.. 6

VAN Thorlakson, Katie........2.. 180.. 1.. 2.. 4

The team will depart for Tokyo on Monday, July 26th and will return on Sunday, August, 8th, 2004.

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