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Women's World Cup Team

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Pellerud Announces Roster For European Tour

Even Pellerud

Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Women’s World Cup Team head coach Even Pellerud has named his 18-player roster for a European tour from Saturday, April 16th to Thursday, April 28th, 2005. While in Europe, Canada will play four friendlies; one against Holland on April 19th, two against Women’s World Cup Champions, Germany on April 21st and 24th, and concluding against France on April 27th.

“The Senior World Cup team is entering a new and exciting cycle of international games – leading up to the World Cup Qualification tournament some time next fall,” said Pellerud. “Again, we have been able to secure matches against some of the best teams in the world, as the top European teams prepare for the European championship games in June.”

The roster comprises eight players who have earned over 40 caps at the senior level; Randee Hermus (53), Charmaine Hooper (117), Kara Lang (43), Karina LeBlanc (41), Isabelle Morneau (69), Andrea Neil (101), Christine Sinclair (66), and Amy Walsh (56).

Only five players listed have earned less than ten caps; Amanda Cicchini (0), Jodi-Ann Robinson (0), Sophie Schmidt (0), Melissa Tancredi (7), and Katie Thorlakson (1).

Pellerud has called on LeBlanc and Taryn Swiatek as the two goalkeepers for the tour.

The team will miss injured players such as Candace Chapman, but Pellerud is confident they will play well and consistently against the opposition.

“Games against Holland, Germany and France will set the standards for our team. They will be challenging games, but we believe we are able to be competitive at this stage. Our team could at the moment be a little bit rusty in terms of game fitness, but our players will compensate by being more committed, better age balanced and smarter than earlier teams,” concluded Pellerud.

Friendlies

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 @ 7:00 p.m. CEST vs Holland

AGOVV - Apeldoorn, Holland

Thursday, April 21, 2005 @ 3:00 p.m. CEST vs Germany

Osnabrück, Germany

Sunday, April 24, 2005 @ 11:00 a.m. CEST vs Germany

Hildesheim, Germany

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 @ 2:30 p.m. CEST vs France

Strasbourg, France

# Name Pos. DOB Caps G/S Club Hometown

1 LeBlanc, Karina GK 3/30/1980 41 16 New Jersey Wildcats Maple Ridge, BC

20 Swiatek, Taryn GK 02/04/1981 14 5 Ottawa Fury Calgary, AB

2 Cicchini, Amanda M 2/28/1987 0 0 Toronto Lady Lynx/ West Virginia University Oakville, ON

3 Schmidt, Sophie D 6/28/1988 0 0 Abbotsford Rush / NTC-BC Abbotsford, BC

4 Andrews, Sasha D 2/14/1983 21 2 Vancouver Whitecaps/U. of Nebraska Edmonton, AB

5 Neil, Andrea M 10/26/1971 101 19 Vancouver Whitecaps Vancouver, BC

6 Robinson, Jodi-Ann F 4/17/1989 0 0 Semiahmoo Spirit Richmond, BC

7 Morneau, Isabelle D 4/18/1976 69 6 F.C. Select Rive-Sud Longueuil, QC

8 Matheson, Diana M 04/06/1984 29 1 Ottawa Fury/Princeton U. Oakville, ON

9 Tancredi, Melissa D 12/28/1981 7 0 University of Notre Dame Hamilton, ON

10 Hooper, Charmaine F/D 1/15/1968 117 62 Chicago Cobras Ottawa, ON

11 Hermus, Randee D 11/14/1979 53 4 Vancouver Whitecaps Langley, BC

12 Sinclair, Christine F 06/12/1983 66 49 University of Portland Burnaby, BC

13 Walsh, Amy M 9/13/1977 56 5 F.C. Select Rive-Sud Montreal, QC

14 Allen, Amber F 10/21/1975 11 3 Vancouver Whitecaps Chilliwack, BC

15 Lang, Kara D/M/F 10/22/1986 43 21 Vancouver Whitecaps Oakville, ON

16 Thorlakson, Katie F 1/14/1985 1 0 Vancouver Whitecaps/U. of Notre Dame Langley, BC

17 Timko, Brittany M 09/05/1985 34 0 Vancouver Whitecaps Coquitlam, BC

Staff

Dick Labrom, Head of Delegation

Even Pellerud, Head Coach

Ian Bridge, Assistant Coach

Shel Brodsgaard, Goalkeeper Coach

Judy Joseph, Manager

Cathy Campbell, Team Doctor

Dave Adolph, Team Athletic Therapist

Rob Pagliaro, Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Looks like a good lineup. Glad to see Thorlakson in there despite her choice to skip the U-19 in favour of her NCAA team.

Jamani and Latham are notably absent. But with some decent young defenders (Tancredi, Andrews, Hermus, Schmidt) maybe we'll see Hooper moving back up front. A Sinclair-Thorlakson-Hooper front line would be deadly. Hooper can hold the ball better than anyone anyone in the game. Thorlakson is a playmaker and Sinclair the most efficient finisher in Canadian history. Then add in Timko coming through from the midfield.

I also notice Franko isn't in the squad. I wonder if it's because she's still waiting for her citizenship or if she just didn't make the squad.

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