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June 26 Friendly - Canada vs USA [R]


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Canada takes on the USA this Sunday. Here's the news item as reported on Go Big Red, including an interesting bit about Katie Thorlakson.

June 21st, 2005

Update 06/22: Katie Thorlakson's appearance on the Regis and Kelly show has been postponed to a later date.

Canada takes on the United States this Sunday in their first int'l friendly of the year on this side of the Atlantic. The majority of the team will arrive in the Virginia Beach area on June 23rd while the rest of the team will arrive on either the 24th or 25th.

Below is the roster that will be available this weekend for the game vs. the United States.

Sasha Andrews

Amanda Cicchini

Charmaine Hooper

Christine Latham

Diana Matheson

Andrea Neil

Christine Sinclair

Melissa Tancredi

Brittany Timko

Candace Chapman

Randee Hermus

Kara Lang

Karina LeBlanc

Isabelle Morneau

Sophie Schmidt

Taryn Swaitek

Katie Thorlakson

Amy Walsh

Christine Latham makes her return to Team Canada, getting her first call-up of the year.

This game will be shown live on espn2 @ 3pmET/12pmPT. Best of luck to the team this weekend!

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I saw the game on tv- finally got a chance to see what's going on. Gotta love those Sportsbars with their grey-market satelites.

1. Canada is a better team than ever, except for defense. In other words Canada's midfield and forwards are improved.

2. I've never seen Canada pass the ball around as well or maintain possession that well against the USA. That being said, Canada only had the USA reeling for a short stretch in the 2'nd half. There is still a long way to go, but you can see where Canada is headed.

3. In keeping with the point above, this was the first time I've seen Canada try to play the ball out of the back with short passes. Sometimes it backfired but this is still a breakthrough of sorts.

4. Canada's short passing was more plentiful and accurate than in the past but often not crisp enough, allowing the USA to sometimes intercept and sometimes pressure the receiver the instant they got the ball.

5. Canada actually dominated a brief portion of the 2'nd half. Not sure why but it may have been due in part to subbing in Christine Latham for Timko (not that Timko had a bad game). Canada actually had the USA pinned in their own end and under pressure for a change.

6. Subbing out Cicchini (for Morneau) and Thorlakson (for Hooper) probably wasn't the best move as far as the game went but it was good to see Pellerud giving them time on the field.

7. Going forward, I'd love to see a back line with Hooper, Nonen, Zurrer and any of (Schmidt, Lang, Morneau, Hermus, Chapman). The sooner, the better.

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from CSA site

Women's World Cup Team

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Senior Women Fall 2-0 to the United States

Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s Women’s World Cup Team were defeated 2-0 by the United States under poor conditions at the Virginia Beach SportsPlex in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Sunday.

Canada was unable to overcome two goals scored by the Americans in the first half by Lori Chalupny in the 14th minute and Christie Welsh in the 37th.

“Our team played a strong second half against a sharper US team but was again slow to start the game,” said head coach Even Pellerud. “Two-zero was a fair reflection of the game.”

“The whole season we have proved to be the stronger team in the second half, and it shows some potential for our team. Fitness and stamina is good, we simply need ways to create good playing habits that include performance under increased tempo.”

June 26, 2005 – International Friendly

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Canada 0(0)

USA 2(2)

Goals: USA- Chalupny (14), Welsh (37)

Caution: Canada-Hermus (45)

Canada: 1-Karina LeBlanc; 3 Sophie Schmidt; 8-Diana Matheson (6-Melissa Tancredi, 82); 9-Candace Chapman; 11-Randee Hermus; 12-Christine Sinclair; 13-Amy Walsh; 14-Amanda Cicchini; 15-Kara Lang; 16-Katie Thorlakson (10-Charmaine Hooper, ); 17-Brittany Timko (2-Christine Latham, 46)

Substitutes not used: 4-Sasha Andrews; 5-Andrea Neil; 7-Isabelle Morneau; 20-Taryn Swiatek

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Dyd not see the game but glad to hear that we are trying to play some possesion soccer and build from the back.

that is what those games should be use for,develop a passing game amongst the players on the field and see their shortcomings and work to improve in that direction.

the score should not the main criteria it is the amount of quality chances created I am sure that the players gain more from that approach than playing bunker defense and gain a tie that does nothing in trems of team devekopment and playing a grand of soccer that is not so frustrating to watch when we lineup 9 players in front our own 18 yrd box for 90 mins and hope for a miracle.

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